Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum The local history museum for Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas!
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A world-class local history museum you will love! Four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County in Wichita's original city hall. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our Vision: To provide a world class Museum experience, advancing the understanding and exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas. Our Mission: The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Our Core Values: Discovery, Creativity, Empathy, Authenticity, Integrity, Service and Collaboration These values are primary factors guiding the organization’s actions in meeting the mission and fulfilling the vision set for the Museum. By adhering to these simple tenets, the Museum is able to provide experiences which orient the visitor to the past, define the present, and help chart the course for the future. Our Statement of Ethics: The Museum’s policies and procedures are intended to reflect the values in the Code of Ethics for Museums of the American Alliance of Museums and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Statement of Ethics.

The Museum is closed today! Happy Easter from the Mar girls, 1959, photo from our archives.
04/21/2019

The Museum is closed today! Happy Easter from the Mar girls, 1959, photo from our archives.

Young Robert Henry Benjamin Little of Clearwater, Kansas posed with his pony and dog for photographer B.F. Taylor around...
04/11/2019

Young Robert Henry Benjamin Little of Clearwater, Kansas posed with his pony and dog for photographer B.F. Taylor around 1880. Photo from our archives. Happy Pet Day! #historymatters #museumsmatter #petsmatter

It's been quiet in our tower...too quiet. That ends today! Listen for pealing bells and music from our new carillion hou...
03/28/2019

It's been quiet in our tower...too quiet. That ends today! Listen for pealing bells and music from our new carillion housed in the most beautiful building in Downtown Wichita!

We’re thrilled to be featured on the National Humanities Alliance NEH for All website that showcases outstanding work ...
03/08/2019
NEH for All | Discover Featured NEH Projects Across the Nation

We’re thrilled to be featured on the National Humanities Alliance NEH for All website that showcases outstanding work funded by the
National Endowment for the Humanities in all 50 states. Learn more about our work on NEHforAll.org and
check out other projects. Special thanks to NEH on the Road and Humanities Kansas for their stellar programs! #NEHforALL

Isn't every day #RetroDay? The "Wichita House" was a  visionary design by R. Buckminster Fuller based on his 1927 plan f...
02/27/2019

Isn't every day #RetroDay? The "Wichita House" was a visionary design by R. Buckminster Fuller based on his 1927 plan for a mass-produced house called the Dymaxion Dwelling Machine. Beech Aircraft Company constructed the house in 1948 to demonstrate affordable, prefabricated housing that would take advantage of World War II surplus materials. Photo from our collection. #historymatters #museumsmatter #houseofthefuture

02/26/2019
Visit Wichita | A Tasty Mix of Delicious BBQ Styles Converge in Wichita

Thanks to our friends at Visit Wichita for featuring YOUR local history HQ in this tasty, mouth-watering video! #historymatters #museumsmatter #bbqmatters #napkinsmatter

Bring on the food! Wichita is home to delicious barbecue! There are several restaurants that serve tasty BBQ. Kansas City Style BBQ, Memphis Style BBQ or Tex...

Our own Wichita Historical Museum Society (WHiMS) volunteers shared this stunning view of  the Museum! #historymatters #...
02/21/2019

Our own Wichita Historical Museum Society (WHiMS) volunteers shared this stunning view of the Museum! #historymatters #museumsmatter #volunteersmatter

The Wichita Historical Museum tonight!

02/18/2019
For Your Amusement: The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island

An enthusiastic crowd at For Your Amusement:The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island! Thanks to everyone for attending, and special thanks to filmmaker Sara Harmon. Follow her page for updates on future screenings, For Your Amusement: The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island! #historymatters #museumsmatter #wonderackerland

What a day, what a crowd! Another standing room only event. To cater to the overflow, another screening was immediately added. Thank you to everyone that attended. You really made it special 😍 and a big thank you to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum for allowing me to use their facility yet again!

#wonderackerland #somethingdoingeveryminute

Cute dress! It has pockets! Recent fun find in our collection at YOUR local history HQ! #historymatters #museuemsmatter ...
02/15/2019

Cute dress! It has pockets! Recent fun find in our collection at YOUR local history HQ! #historymatters #museuemsmatter #pocketsmatter

Thanks to our friends at the Wichita Eagle for sharing photos from our collection in a then-and-now look at our city! #h...
01/30/2019
Wichita Eagle

Thanks to our friends at the Wichita Eagle for sharing photos from our collection in a then-and-now look at our city! #historymatters #museumsmatter #icthistory

See how the city of yesteryear compares to today:

Happy Kansas Day to all! Kansas Day postcard design and Meadowlark painting for the Audubon Society of Kansas by Kansas ...
01/29/2019

Happy Kansas Day to all! Kansas Day postcard design and Meadowlark painting for the Audubon Society of Kansas by Kansas native and Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward from our collection. #kansasday #historymatters #museumsmatter

Board of Trustees member Orin Friesen was a perfect spokesperson for our Museum's mission and focus, and his musical per...
01/28/2019
Kansas Day celebrated ahead of schedule

Board of Trustees member Orin Friesen was a perfect spokesperson for our Museum's mission and focus, and his musical performance was sensational. Educator Cynthia Martinez-Woelk created special crafts enjoyed by families celebrating Kansas! Thank you, Orin & Cynthia, and thanks KAKE-TV! #kansasday #museumsmatter

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Our Kansas Day Hootenanny was a grand success! Thanks to the Prairie Rose Rangers, the Home Rangers, and The Crowsons fo...
01/28/2019

Our Kansas Day Hootenanny was a grand success! Thanks to the Prairie Rose Rangers, the Home Rangers, and The Crowsons for their wonderful performances! Thank you to our Wichita Historical Museum Society (WHiMS), and a special "thank you!" to all those that attended this event! #kansasday #museumsmatter #historymatters

"Toys of the Future" blasting off soon! Last chance to view the amazing Goldbarth space toy collection - headed to a gal...
01/18/2019

"Toys of the Future" blasting off soon! Last chance to view the amazing Goldbarth space toy collection - headed to a galaxy far, far away on Sunday, January 20th. See it Saturday-Sunday from 1-5pm. #historymatters #museumsmatter #poetsmatter

A rare Jones Six automobile is featured at the Starbird-Devlin Cars For Charities event January 18-20 at Century II Perf...
01/17/2019

A rare Jones Six automobile is featured at the Starbird-Devlin Cars For Charities event January 18-20 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, a benefit for Starkey, Inc. and the Arc of Sedgwick County! See this unusual car and cross the street to see the Museum's Jones Six, always on view at YOUR local history HQ! #historymatters #museumsmatter #carsforcharity

The first USS Wichita was christened in 1937 by Miss Margaret Ayers. Ayers was selected to represent the people of Wichi...
01/12/2019

The first USS Wichita was christened in 1937 by Miss Margaret Ayers. Ayers was selected to represent the people of Wichita, Kansas, for whom the ship was named. Location, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. #usswichita #historymatters #museumsmatter Photo from our archives and www.wichitaphotos.org

Looking east in the 300 block of Douglas Avenue, July 8, 1924. Group of people identified as “Rorabaugh Pioneers” (e...
01/02/2019

Looking east in the 300 block of Douglas Avenue, July 8, 1924. Group of people identified as “Rorabaugh Pioneers” (employees of Rorabaugh Dry Goods Company) are celebrating the annual Rorabaugh Employees Company Picnic, led in a parade by the Wichita employees. Other cities represented include Emporia, Hutchinson, and Newton. Business signs in view: Innes Cosgrove Music, Midwest Insurance Company, Toy Land, Orr’s Book Store, Newark Shoe Store, J. W. Jenkins & Sons Music Company, Western Pacific Tea Company, Wichita Hotel, and Eaton Hotel. Photo from our archives and www.wichitaphotos.org.

Happy New Year! We are CLOSED today but will reopen tomorrow at 11am. Photo of Wichita photographer Mar Suey Fong, circa...
01/01/2019

Happy New Year! We are CLOSED today but will reopen tomorrow at 11am. Photo of Wichita photographer Mar Suey Fong, circa 1939. Fong immigrated to Kansas from China in the mid-1930s and worked at the Pan-American Café in downtown Wichita. Photo from our archives.

We are open regular hours today! Come see us in beautiful Downtown Wichita from 11am-4pm. Explore four fascinating floor...
12/26/2018

We are open regular hours today! Come see us in beautiful Downtown Wichita from 11am-4pm. Explore four fascinating floors of stories and objects from the past at YOUR local history HQ! View of Innes, 1946, from our archives. #museumsmatter #historymatters

Merry Christmas! The Museum is closed today. We will be open regular hours tomorrow, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 30. H...
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas! The Museum is closed today. We will be open regular hours tomorrow, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 30. Happy Holidays to one and all!
View of Innes, 1930s, from our archives. #museumsmatter #historymatters

Our building has never looked more delicious! Thanks, Trinity Academy!
12/20/2018

Our building has never looked more delicious! Thanks, Trinity Academy!

Mid-century Santas, Toys of the Future, Victorian splendor, holiday spirit, and MORE at your local history HQ! Open regu...
12/19/2018

Mid-century Santas, Toys of the Future, Victorian splendor, holiday spirit, and MORE at your local history HQ! Open regular hours this week in festive Downtown Wichita. #museumsmatter #historymatters

Happy Holidays from outer space! On view NOW at your local history HQ, "Toys of the Future" a special exhibition on loan...
12/07/2018

Happy Holidays from outer space! On view NOW at your local history HQ, "Toys of the Future" a special exhibition on loan from collector, Wichitan Albert Goldbarth, who invites you to a cosmos where the chains of gravity can be broken at a button's tap, and the wonders of other worlds are just a lever's touch away. #historymatters #museumsmatter #poetsmatter

Cecil McAlister is best known for his Wichita Flag design, but he was a talented commercial and fine artist known for hi...
11/30/2018

Cecil McAlister is best known for his Wichita Flag design, but he was a talented commercial and fine artist known for his large scale work like this one at Innes Department Store in 1934. Photograph from our collection. #happyholidays #historymatters #artmatters #museumsmatter

Exterior view of Innes, Christmas design by Cecil McAlister, 1934, from our collection.
11/30/2018

Exterior view of Innes, Christmas design by Cecil McAlister, 1934, from our collection.

Zowie! Great article from Active Age about "Toys of the Future" on exhibit NOW at your local history HQ!
11/29/2018
Active Age

Zowie! Great article from Active Age about "Toys of the Future" on exhibit NOW at your local history HQ!

Long before Star Trek and Star Wars there was Buck Rogers, who inspired a whole new kind of toy. Interesting article by Amy Geiszler-Jones about fun exhibit at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

We are open today! Four floors of amazing exhibits, from hunting and trading on the plains to civil rights to space-age ...
11/23/2018

We are open today! Four floors of amazing exhibits, from hunting and trading on the plains to civil rights to space-age toys, and more in YOUR local history HQ. #museumsmatter #historymatters

Thanksgiving table-setting inspiration from way back in the day - view of the Occidental Hotel dining room, 1880s. More ...
11/21/2018

Thanksgiving table-setting inspiration from way back in the day - view of the Occidental Hotel dining room, 1880s. More historical inspiration may be found at YOUR local history HQ! Open today 11am-4pm, closed Thanksgiving day, open Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday - Sunday 1-5pm. #museumsmatter #historymatters

An amazing photograph and compelling story from our friends at the Sheridan County Historical Society and Mickey's Museu...
11/15/2018

An amazing photograph and compelling story from our friends at the Sheridan County Historical Society and Mickey's Museum! Can you help identify the man and little girl? #museumsmatter #historymatters

This is an unknown soldier from the WWI era from our Long Collection. We have a guess at who he was but we have no proof.
We believe it to be B. Griffie. We believe this to be Ben Griffie because of the little girl. According to his obituary he had assumed the care of a little niece who had lost her mother. He took her in until he was drafted into the army. Ben had lived in Sheridan County for about 10 years before he was drafted. Ben was inducted into the Army October 29, 1917. Private Ben Griffie died at Camp Funston from meningitis, January 16, 1918.
Private Ben Griffie was laid to rest in the Mount Olivet cemetery in Graham County, KS. We are hoping someone can help us with his indentification.

Our elves are preparing for the Holiday Wreath Festival, Nov. 15-16! Holiday gifts, bake sale, and luncheon! #holidayspi...
11/14/2018

Our elves are preparing for the Holiday Wreath Festival, Nov. 15-16! Holiday gifts, bake sale, and luncheon! #holidayspirit #museumsmatter #historymatters Details at www.wichitahistory.org

We are partnering with the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the Centennial of the WW...
11/09/2018

We are partnering with the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the Centennial of the WWI Armistice this weekend! Full details here: https://www.wichitaartmuseum.org/programs_events/history #museumsmatter #artmatters #historymatters #musicmatters

We are proud to partner with the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice this Sunday, November 11. In addition to our performance of Britten's War Requiem, you can take part in a Mess Kit Lunch, History Talk, and WWI Exhibit at the Art Museum. Following the concert, attend a reception and exhibition at the Historical Museum to learn how WWI hit home in Wichita.

Make it a full day of cultural enrichment, learn more about all events at: wichitaartmuseum.org/programs_events/history

Today! Speak for yourself at the polls! #votingmatters #historymatters #museumsmatter
11/06/2018

Today! Speak for yourself at the polls! #votingmatters #historymatters #museumsmatter

Garnett Arbogast Fisher worked at Goldsmith's in Wichita when she and two friends modeled these paper Halloween costumes...
10/31/2018

Garnett Arbogast Fisher worked at Goldsmith's in Wichita when she and two friends modeled these paper Halloween costumes in 1925. Happy Halloween from your spooky friends at the Historical Museum! #museumsmatter #historymatters

Congratulations to the Goddard Woman's Club - GFWC! Thank you for preserving our history! #historymatters #humanitieskan...
10/10/2018

Congratulations to the Goddard Woman's Club - GFWC! Thank you for preserving our history! #historymatters #humanitieskansas

This project has been years in the making. We can't wait to share our treasure with the Goddard community. This is Goddard's history! You can bring personal items that need to be preserved and get free advice from a Certified Archive Analyst, too. Come and help us celebrate 85 years of serving the community!

"Toys of the Future" has landed! A special loaned exhibition on view at YOUR local history HQ through December! The coll...
10/02/2018

"Toys of the Future" has landed! A special loaned exhibition on view at YOUR local history HQ through December! The collector, Wichitan Albert Goldbarth, invites you to a cosmos where the chains of gravity can be broken at a button's tap, and the wonders of other worlds are just a lever's touch away. #museumsmatter #historymatters #poetsmatter

Members only exhibit opening tonight! Toys of the Future- will it be ready in time? #museumsmatter
09/21/2018

Members only exhibit opening tonight! Toys of the Future- will it be ready in time? #museumsmatter

Landing soon at YOUR local history HQ! "Toys of the Future" opens September 22nd. Get a sneak peak now and check out the...
09/07/2018

Landing soon at YOUR local history HQ! "Toys of the Future" opens September 22nd. Get a sneak peak now and check out the retro repro toys in the Museum Shop! #UnusuallyFunObjects #museumsmatter #historymatters

09/05/2018
Wichita Art Museum

We are thrilled that our friends at the Wichita Art Museum are hosting "Pending" by Charlotte Potter and so, so thankful that we never install these kinds of exhibits. Kudos, WAM! #musuemsmatter

Take a look at how "Pending" by Charlotte Potter Design Studios, inspired by Facebook friend requests, is installed in this time-lapse video at the Wichita Art Museum.

08/11/2018

Retweeted KCHE (@KCHEKansas):

Commemorate local history with @TKAAM this weekend on the 60th anniversary of the Dockum Drugstore Sit-In! #historymatters #bethechange #RememberDockum https://t.co/W3Zp5rjy9I

Final days! See NEH on the Road exhibit "Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives" before it closes August 11th. #history...
08/07/2018

Final days! See NEH on the Road exhibit "Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives" before it closes August 11th. #historymatters #museumsmatter #humanitiesmatter

08/02/2018

Retweeted KCHE (@KCHEKansas):

Excellent day of learning, collaborating & planning at our Summer @KCHEKansas Board Retreat. TY to @WichitaHistory for hosting us. Be sure to check out their temporary exhibit on Jacob Riis from @NEHgov before it’s gone! #sschat #historymatters https://t.co/pY4ujyoHYZ

The Cudahy Packing Co. was one of many local companies routinely cited for violation of child labor laws in the early 20...
07/30/2018

The Cudahy Packing Co. was one of many local companies routinely cited for violation of child labor laws in the early 20th century. Learn more when Dr. John Fliter presents "Child Labor in America: The Epic Struggle to Protect Children" Saturday, August 4 at 2pm at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives and the Wichita Photo Archives.

"Didactic space between display and disarray" - we are stealing that line for sure! Thanks @MarkBSchlemmer! #history #mu...
07/25/2018
Mark B. Schlemmer on Twitter

"Didactic space between display and disarray" - we are stealing that line for sure! Thanks @MarkBSchlemmer! #history #museums #oldcarsmell https://t.co/PZH57IQfBD

“One of my favorite exhibits of tools in a museum context (#MusTools) is this auto mechanic shop @WichitaHistory. It manages to straddle that didactic space between display and disarray. #ITweetMuseums”

Wichita, it is your special day! Come celebrate with us in Downtown Wichita at your local history HQ in the original Cit...
07/21/2018

Wichita, it is your special day! Come celebrate with us in Downtown Wichita at your local history HQ in the original City Hall! Birthday party today from 1-5pm, free admission to individuals & groups with a birthday card! Photo from our collection. #historymatters #museumsmatter

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204 S Main St
Wichita, KS
67202

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Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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(316) 265-9314

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