Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum Old Cowtown Museum is a mixture of historic buildings and artifacts representing 1870s life. Cowtown is a City of Wichita-managed facility.

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We had a visit today from Jan Sattler with Dandelion Winedesign today to show us the amazing "Wichitossem Cornhole Game,...
01/29/2020

We had a visit today from Jan Sattler with Dandelion Winedesign today to show us the amazing "Wichitossem Cornhole Game," that she has developed in honor of Wichita's 150th birthday this year! We will be selling it soon in our gift shop, and you can also come see Jan at the Cowtown Season Launch Party on April 4!

On this day in 1861, Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union!
01/29/2020

On this day in 1861, Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union!

Constitution Hall State Historic Site
01/29/2020

Constitution Hall State Historic Site

Today, Kansas governors serve four-year terms, so it’s hard to image several governors in less than a decade. But, that’s exactly what happened during the just under seven years of our territorial period. Ten men served as governor or acting governor from 1854 to 1861, earning Kansas Territory the name “Graveyard of Governors.” #kansashistory
Photograph courtesy of the Lecompton Historical Society.

Save the date for our Season Launch Party and Art Fair! We are kicking off the 2020 season on April 4 with free admissio...
01/24/2020

Save the date for our Season Launch Party and Art Fair! We are kicking off the 2020 season on April 4 with free admission 10am-5pm. Lots of local vendors to shop, plus interactions with tons of Cowtown volunteers and performers.

Thank you True West Magazine! Cowtown was voted Best of the West for 2020 as "Best Preserved Pioneer Town Re-Created." W...
01/17/2020

Thank you True West Magazine! Cowtown was voted Best of the West for 2020 as "Best Preserved Pioneer Town Re-Created." We are so honored!

The Thomas Shaw Music Store redo is complete.  The redo was necessary due to the addition of extra instruments and new d...
01/15/2020

The Thomas Shaw Music Store redo is complete. The redo was necessary due to the addition of extra instruments and new display cases.

We are so excited for 2020! Check out all of these great events!
01/08/2020

We are so excited for 2020! Check out all of these great events!

There are subtle beauties to be found all year round! Come out and see us year-round! For best value, get a membership! ...
01/07/2020

There are subtle beauties to be found all year round! Come out and see us year-round! For best value, get a membership! Just $65 gets a family into the museum, plus all of our events, all year long!

Photos from our Civil War event in April 2019, taken by RedRock Photography
01/07/2020

Photos from our Civil War event in April 2019, taken by RedRock Photography

Photos from our Civil War event in April 2019, taken by RedRock Photography

We found this wonderful drawing for the Murdock Family in the Murdock House! Thank you, Eirik!
01/06/2020

We found this wonderful drawing for the Murdock Family in the Murdock House! Thank you, Eirik!

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo
01/03/2020

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo

Coming up in April!
12/28/2019

Coming up in April!

✢ 𝗚𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗚𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 ✢
Join Mike & Chris April 18th in Wichita, Kansas at the old Cowtown Museum and Ghost Hunt a Ghost Town!
*Meet & Greet
*Q&A
*Ghost Hunt
↓ 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭 ↓
https://www.wichitatix.com/Online/seatSelect.asp

Merry Christmas everyone! We are closed tomorrow, December 25 so that our employees can spend time with their families. ...
12/24/2019

Merry Christmas everyone! We are closed tomorrow, December 25 so that our employees can spend time with their families. We will reopen December 26 at 10am.

The City Crew wants kids 12 and under to be a member of their FREE awesome Crew! Crew Members get invited to professiona...
12/24/2019

The City Crew wants kids 12 and under to be a member of their FREE awesome Crew! Crew Members get invited to professional hockey games, college basketball games, pool parties, Botanica, Watson Park, the Fire Training Facility and a lot of other cool places! To register visit http://bit.ly/All-StarCityCrew.

Looking for a great gift that keeps on giving? Give a membership to Cowtown! Gift Memberships can be purchased in our gi...
12/20/2019

Looking for a great gift that keeps on giving? Give a membership to Cowtown! Gift Memberships can be purchased in our gift shop! Call 316-350-3318 for more info!

Attention elementary school teachers: Old Cowtown Museum offers two special programs daily in January to teach your stud...
12/19/2019

Attention elementary school teachers: Old Cowtown Museum offers two special programs daily in January to teach your students about Kansas History. Ad Astra Per Aspera and Kansas Character! Schedule your field trip by calling 316-350-3317 or visit www.oldcowtown.org for more info! (Bus scholarships are available, or we can come to you!)

Looking for a last minute gift? Why not give a Cowtown membership? Memberships are good for you and get you into all of ...
12/19/2019

Looking for a last minute gift? Why not give a Cowtown membership? Memberships are good for you and get you into all of our events all year long FREE. To buy yours go to www.oldcowtown.org or visit the Cowtown gift shop! (Breakfast with Santa is not included with membership, but it is discounted!)

A few photos of our quiet town all covered in snow. So beautiful!
12/18/2019

A few photos of our quiet town all covered in snow. So beautiful!

We are open all year! Come enjoy the museum without the crowds! (Most of the buildings are heated.) Want to buy a member...
12/17/2019

We are open all year! Come enjoy the museum without the crowds! (Most of the buildings are heated.) Want to buy a membership? They are good for one year, and get you in FREE to all of our special events all year long. Buy yours today at www.oldcowtown.org!

We're open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm year-round! Come see us! (Memberships are a great value and are available at www.o...
12/16/2019

We're open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm year-round! Come see us! (Memberships are a great value and are available at www.oldcowtown.org or in the museum gift shop!

12/14/2019

Santa!!

Come to Victorian Christmas and see the Munger House all ready for a holiday feast. The Munger  House is also known as t...
12/13/2019

Come to Victorian Christmas and see the Munger House all ready for a holiday feast. The Munger House is also known as the first house in Wichita. Darius Munger built the log house in 1868-69, prior to Wichita becoming incorporated as a city in 1870. Victorian Christmas is December 13 and 14, 6pm-9pm, regular admission rates apply.

12/12/2019
Old Cowtown Museum

This weekend, Friday and Saturday, 6pm-9pm! Regular admission rates apply!

Victorian Christmas is a unique family Christmas experience! December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6pm-9pm each night. Regular admission rates apply.

Tickets are still on sale for Breakfast with Santa! Come join us for a truly memorable family experience! Tickets availa...
12/12/2019

Tickets are still on sale for Breakfast with Santa! Come join us for a truly memorable family experience! Tickets available at www.wichitatix.com!

12/09/2019
Old Cowtown Museum

Coming up again this weekend! Victorian Christmas is a uniquely Wichita Christmas tradition! Take home a yarn doll, a wooden ornament and a bookmark you can print yourself! Plus do some shopping, take a stagecoach ride and more! Regular admission rates apply!

This Friday and Saturday!! Come see us, 6-9pm, regular admission rates apply!!

12/08/2019

Victorian Christmas!

Come see us tonight from 6-9pm for Victorian Christmas! Lots of fun activities to put you in the Christmas spirit! Regul...
12/07/2019

Come see us tonight from 6-9pm for Victorian Christmas! Lots of fun activities to put you in the Christmas spirit! Regular admission rates apply!
This event generously sponsored by BCS Parts

Victorian Christmas is here! Check out all of the fun activities that are happening December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6-9pm. Reg...
12/06/2019

Victorian Christmas is here! Check out all of the fun activities that are happening December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6-9pm. Regular admission rates apply. (Cowtown members get in free!)

The Murdocks are set for Christmas visitors! Come see the whole town beautifully decorated for Victorian Christmas! Dece...
12/06/2019

The Murdocks are set for Christmas visitors! Come see the whole town beautifully decorated for Victorian Christmas! December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6-9pm each night, regular admission rates apply, Cowtown members get in free.

This weekend! Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 6pm-9pm each night! Regular admission rates apply! Tickets ca...
12/05/2019

This weekend! Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 6pm-9pm each night! Regular admission rates apply! Tickets can be bought in advance at www.wichitatix.com and will also be available at the door!

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo
12/04/2019

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo

Celebrate Christmas with Cowtown this weekend! Victorian Christmas Friday and Saturday nights, Breakfast with Santa Satu...
12/04/2019

Celebrate Christmas with Cowtown this weekend! Victorian Christmas Friday and Saturday nights, Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning! Tickets available at www.wichitatix.com!

12/04/2019

This Friday and Saturday!! Come see us, 6-9pm, regular admission rates apply!!

Don't forget to support the museum today for Giving Tuesday! We need your support to keep history alive in 2020!
12/03/2019

Don't forget to support the museum today for Giving Tuesday! We need your support to keep history alive in 2020!

When so much attention is given to what makes
us different, generosity is what brings people together. We’re proud to be part of
the #GivingTuesday global movement for generosity. Old Cowtown Museum is asking for your support on December 3 to help keep history alive in Wichita. Your generous support helps us preserve artifacts, creates educational opportunities, and helps us to create engaging events that educate and entertain throughout the year.
○ Generosity is contagious. When you participate in GivingTuesday you’re participating in a global movement for generosity and can inspire others to join in.
○ GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to stand up for the causes that matter most to you and participate in the change you want to see in the world.

This was ring was found in the Empire House Theatre at Cowtown. Please contact us if it's yours, it looks like something...
12/01/2019

This was ring was found in the Empire House Theatre at Cowtown. Please contact us if it's yours, it looks like something special.

12/01/2019
Old Cowtown Museum

Today only, 2-4pm. Just $10 for up to 4 subjects, $5/additional person. Furry kids welcome! All session fees will be used to support Old Cowtown Museum events. No admission fee as Cowtown is closed today. No appointment needed. We hope to see you there!

Come see us this Sunday, December 1 from 2pm-4pm for a one-of-a-kind Santa experience!!

Today only! Photos with Santa,  2pm-4pm. Santa will visit and play with your kids and/or fur kids, plus kids can make a ...
12/01/2019

Today only! Photos with Santa, 2pm-4pm. Santa will visit and play with your kids and/or fur kids, plus kids can make a craft to take home! Photos are just $10 for up to 4 subjects, and $5/person after that, all session fees go to support Old Cowtown Museum. You will be able to buy digital photos online after your session for just $5/picture! Photos by RedRock Photography of Wichita. (No appointment needed, no admission fee required as the museum is closed today.)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The museum is closed today, November 28,and tomorrow, November 29 so that our staff can be...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The museum is closed today, November 28,and tomorrow, November 29 so that our staff can be with their families. We will be open Saturday, November 30.

11/26/2019

Come see us this Sunday, December 1 from 2pm-4pm for a one-of-a-kind Santa experience!!

Old Cowtown Museum
11/25/2019

Old Cowtown Museum

When so much attention is given to what makes
us different, generosity is what brings people together. We’re proud to be part of
the #GivingTuesday global movement for generosity. Old Cowtown Museum is asking for your support on December 3 to help keep history alive in Wichita. Your generous support helps us preserve artifacts, creates educational opportunities, and helps us to create engaging events that educate and entertain throughout the year.
○ Generosity is contagious. When you participate in GivingTuesday you’re participating in a global movement for generosity and can inspire others to join in.
○ GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to stand up for the causes that matter most to you and participate in the change you want to see in the world.

Memberships are a great way to experience Cowtown year-round! Good for one year from date of purchase, and they get you ...
11/25/2019

Memberships are a great way to experience Cowtown year-round! Good for one year from date of purchase, and they get you in to all of our special events (including Victorian Christmas if you buy now)!

Santa is ready, come see us! We are doing photos till 4pm! Pets and kids of all ages are welcome! (Just FYI, the museum ...
11/24/2019

Santa is ready, come see us! We are doing photos till 4pm! Pets and kids of all ages are welcome! (Just FYI, the museum is closed, we are just open for Santa photos today!)

We are all set for Photos with Santa! Come see us tomorrow, November 24, 2pm-4pm!
11/23/2019

We are all set for Photos with Santa! Come see us tomorrow, November 24, 2pm-4pm!

Come out and see us for Victorian Christmas December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6pm-9pm each night! Catch a wagon or stagecoach ri...
11/22/2019

Come out and see us for Victorian Christmas December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6pm-9pm each night! Catch a wagon or stagecoach ride, see what the farmer's wife is making for Christmas dinner, string some popcorn, make a rag doll and a Christmas ornament, do some Christmas shopping and be sure to stop by and see Santa!

Address

1865 W Museum Blvd
Wichita, KS
67203

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(316) 219-1871

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Welcome to Old Cowtown Museum!

Experience Wichita like it’s 1865… Old Cowtown is a living history museum that lets you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and activities common to a Midwestern cattle town. Hear the ring of the blacksmith anvil, try an ice-cold sarsaparilla in the saloon and be prepared to duck in the doorway as gunfire erupts in the streets!

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It would be so amazing to see Wild Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley come to town! I saw Monarch Productions Western Themed Events at the Buffalo Bill museum in Colorado and it was awesome.
Cheryl Burnette Amber Kennemer Josh Kennemer Felicia Adams Josh Cutz
We love learning history, especially when that history comes alive. Old Cowtown Museum is a wonderful living history museum that let's kids and adults see first hand what life was like in 1865. We enjoyed our visit so much we talked about it in an article. Check it out at:
Here is another pic from last year!!
So I have a suggestion 🤔🤔🤔 I have in my closet now my roaring 20s outfit and I am pretty sure everyone else who purchased theirs for this 20s gig that just passed still has theirs. What if Cowtown did a night of the 20s once a month or even every 3 months. It's a win win for the community that love being in character and for cowtown to raise funds and to get more of history of Cowtown out there and for it to be known for Places to go for travelers. It would be a hit!! I am a true fan of yals and love dressing up. I have the gear already. I am sure I am not the only one that likes my suggestion. Would it be too much to ask for you all to at least talk about it? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️👗👛🧥🎩👞🙏🙏🙏🙏
We had such an amazing time last night at roaring 20s. I hope this always stays!! My end year and I plan to keep the traditions going. I really missed that there was not a speak easy code this year. ..but the gun fight stepped its game up🙌🙌thank u Cow town for letting me live a few hours in one of my favorite time era. Kirsten Ratliff
Ever wonder where those crazy thoughts in your head come from?
The moon did a lot of peeking from behind the clouds until time to bring out the telescopes.
Another great day at Cowtown, and the sparks were flying in the blacksmith shop