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 know it's best to stay home, but we are missing our volunteers! Here are a few photos from years gone by, courtesy of...
04/22/2020

We know it's best to stay home, but we are missing our volunteers! Here are a few photos from years gone by, courtesy of @redrockwichita
#oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum #history #museumsfromhome #museums #museumsmatter #volunteers @ Old Cowtown Museum

The next volunteer we would like to profile is one of the most popular guys at Hay, Hooves and Halloween! His name is Aa...
04/22/2020

The next volunteer we would like to profile is one of the most popular guys at Hay, Hooves and Halloween! His name is Aaron Kuenn, and he has been volunteering as part of the Entre Nous Victorian Dancers and also in other roles, most notably as Ichabod Crane during the Hay, Hooves and Halloween event. Aaron says, "Since I started volunteering at Old Cowtown Museum, I have been married off 4 times to 3 women, broken up 9 [dead] weddings, been chased by a horse 20+ times and even gotten to be a prince for a day. But my favorite thing about volunteering is when you can talk with someone and share with them the smallest observation or detail that transforms their view of history from an arbitrary set of facts and details to an understanding that there were reasons for why things were done or made in a certain way." Thank you so much for all that you do, Aaron!

04/17/2020
The Little Red Hen

Gather the kids and listen to our Miss Angela reading the story of "The Little Red Hen." The latest in our "Cowtown History Alive!" series!

Old Cowtown Museum
04/16/2020

Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum
04/16/2020

Old Cowtown Museum

Photo by RedRock Photography of Wichita
04/16/2020

Photo by RedRock Photography of Wichita

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo
04/16/2020

Old Cowtown Museum's cover photo

The Murdock House was built in 1874, and was originally located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Oak streets (prese...
04/15/2020

The Murdock House was built in 1874, and was originally located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Oak streets (present day St. Francis and Murdock). At the time the house was constructed, the area was sparsely populated and the Murdocks were considered to be living "out on the prairie" rather than in downtown Wichita. In 1974, the Historic Midtown Citizens Association saved the Murdock House from demolition and it was moved to Old Cowtown Museum without the additions added in the early 1900s. After its restoration the house opened to the public in 1983. It has been restored on the exterior to its original 1874 appearance.
#oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum #history #museumsfromhome #museums #museumsmatter @ Old Cowtown Museum

Our next volunteer profile is an amazing lady who has been volunteering with us for 30 years! We are happy to present, J...
04/14/2020

Our next volunteer profile is an amazing lady who has been volunteering with us for 30 years! We are happy to present, Jeanne Thompson, aka Miss Daisy Longstem, who is the MC for the Dixie Lee Saloon Girls. Here is what she has to say, "So, What do I like about volunteering at Cowtown? The opportunity to interact with guests from all over the country and the world ! To volunteer with amazing people! And that special feeling when someone comes back year after year and are so happy that I am still volunteering! Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity!" Thank you, Miss Daisy for all you do! (Photos by RedRock Photography.)

04/14/2020
A tour of the print shop at Old Cowtown Museum.

Ever wondered how printing was done in the old-timey days? Check out this next video in our Cowtown History Alive! series and see exactly how our printer does his work!

A demonstration of one of the presses at Old Cowtown Museum.

The current Barbershop exhibit was originally the Wichita Township Hall. It was opened in November of 1881. The building...
04/13/2020

The current Barbershop exhibit was originally the Wichita Township Hall. It was opened in November of 1881. The building served as polling and meeting location for Wichita Township. When the structure was built the hall was outside of the City of Wichita which grew around it. For a number of years it remained the Wichita Township Hall even though the township itself had shrunk away from the hall. It was also used as a hamburger stand which paid rent to the Township. It remained a voting place until 1953. The structure was moved to Old Cowtown Museum in April of 1955. It was used as a Post Office exhibit until 1993, when it became home to the current Barbershop exhibit.
#oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum #history @ Old Cowtown Museum

We hope everyone has a great Easter! Stay safe and healthy!
04/12/2020

We hope everyone has a great Easter! Stay safe and healthy!

04/09/2020
Cordless Tools Of History

The latest installment in our History Alive! series! We visit Hamilton in the Carpenter Shop to learn about what tools were used.

Hamilton demonstrates several items in the carpenters shop.

Nighttime in our beautiful museum! #oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum  @ Old Cowtown Museum
04/09/2020

Nighttime in our beautiful museum!
#oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum @ Old Cowtown Museum

We are continuing our volunteer profiles today with Mike McCauley. Mike has been a volunteer at Cowtown for 10 years as ...
04/08/2020

We are continuing our volunteer profiles today with Mike McCauley. Mike has been a volunteer at Cowtown for 10 years as part of the Cowtown Cowboys gunfighting group, and says, "The thing I enjoy most about being a volunteer at Cowtown is meeting and interacting with all of the guests, guests from all over the world, they always enjoy talking with us, learning about Old Wichita and the West. Seeing the kids and sometimes getting a hug is what it is all about, they enjoy watching and visiting with us. Interacting with the guests, especially in the saloon, is a blast.

When I first started to volunteer it was for me, to have something to do with my time, to learn about the Old West and Wichita history, but it has evolved into much more, I really look forward to seeing the guests.

Everyone, all of the volunteers and staff, are just so super, I understand now why everyone refers to us as FAMILY."

Thank you, Mike, for all that you do!

04/06/2020
Dress Shop 02 MP4 Convert

Check out the next installment of our History Alive! series, "Great Grandma Wore What?" starring Angela and Crystal.

04/03/2020
Social Distancing the Cowtown way

Check out our first video in our History Alive! series. Social Distancing, the Cowtown Way. Look for more videos coming soon!

I was the only person at the museum so I thought I would record my day and put it on the You Tube.

We have rescheduled this event. The tickets are for sale on www.wichitatix.com and all previously purchased tickets will...
03/26/2020

We have rescheduled this event. The tickets are for sale on www.wichitatix.com and all previously purchased tickets will be honored.

We are NOT cancelling this event, we are postponing it. As soon as we know when we can reschedule it for, it will be pos...
03/25/2020

We are NOT cancelling this event, we are postponing it. As soon as we know when we can reschedule it for, it will be posted. If you have already purchased tickets, those tickets will be honored for the new date, so hang on to your tickets, please!

The Sedgwick County Board of Health issued a stay-at-home order for the next 30 days starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March...
03/24/2020
Wichita.Gov Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Sedgwick County Board of Health issued a stay-at-home order for the next 30 days starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. City Hall and other city buildings and facilities will be closed to the public. City facilities will remain open for employees delivering essential services but only when appropriate social distancing can be maintained. While Wichita and Sedgwick County have been fortunate thus far to avoid large numbers positive cases, local medical advice strongly suggests the virus is quietly spreading through the community. Please continue to check wichita.gov/coronavirus for the latest updates and resources.

La Junta de Salud del Condado de Sedgwick emitió una orden para quedarse en casa durante los próximos 30 días a partir de mañana, Miércoles 25 de Marzo. El Ayuntamiento y otros edificios e instalaciones de la ciudad estarán cerrados al público. Las instalaciones de la ciudad permanecerán abiertas para los empleados que prestan servicios esenciales, pero solo cuando se pueda mantener un distanciamiento social adecuado. Si bien Wichita y el condado de Sedgwick han tenido la suerte hasta ahora de evitar grandes cantidades de casos positivos, el consejo médico local sugiere que el virus se está propagando silenciosamente por la comunidad. Continúe revisando la pagina wichita.gov/coronavirus para obtener las últimas actualizaciones y recursos.

The City of Wichita is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of those who visit and work in City facilities and is committed to doing its part to limit the potential impact of the Coronavirus. The City is also working closely with its local partners including the Sedgwick County Health Departm...

We have some exciting content coming soon! We will post here and on our YouTube Channel! Watch the page for more!
03/24/2020

We have some exciting content coming soon! We will post here and on our YouTube Channel! Watch the page for more!

Some of the staff enjoyed a socially distanced outdoor lunchtime today at the museum!
03/23/2020

Some of the staff enjoyed a socially distanced outdoor lunchtime today at the museum!

Hotel room number 2, newly created by our curatorial department! Both rooms will be open to the public when the museum r...
03/23/2020

Hotel room number 2, newly created by our curatorial department! Both rooms will be open to the public when the museum reopens!

We are so excited to share the work our curatorial department has done preparing the new hotel rooms! These pictures sho...
03/23/2020

We are so excited to share the work our curatorial department has done preparing the new hotel rooms! These pictures show some of the beautiful artifacts that will be on display!

We are continuing our volunteer profiles! Next up we have our extremely dedicated volunteer photographer and gunfighter,...
03/19/2020

We are continuing our volunteer profiles! Next up we have our extremely dedicated volunteer photographer and gunfighter, Niki Conard, a.k.a. Wichita Red. Niki owns and operates RedRock Photography of Wichita, and shares her incredible talent with the museum regularly, through her photography, design work, and creativity. She logged more hours than any other volunteer in 2019, including providing free photography services to the museum and volunteers through RedRock Photography.
Here are her own words:
"Why do I enjoy being a volunteer? Oh boy, now I have to find the words to answer such a simple question. First is the camaraderie, the people I meet who become friends, who share my interests. Being a part of history, both reenacting it and history going forward. Then there is the fact that Cowtown got into my blood, just love the museum, and enjoy doing any and all I can for it and my fellow volunteers, who also love the museum."

03/17/2020
The City of Wichita is closing some City facilities and canceling City events and activities from March 17 – March 31. O...
03/16/2020
Wichita.Gov Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Wichita is closing some City facilities and canceling City events and activities from March 17 – March 31. Old Cowtown Museum is included in that closure. City leaders made that decision to protect public health and comply with the Governor’s decision prohibiting public gatherings larger than 50 people. During the two week period, the City will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments as needed. Residents are encouraged to continue to visit wichita.gov/coronavirus to find details about the specific closures and operational changes.

The City of Wichita is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of those who visit and work in City facilities and is committed to doing its part to limit the potential impact of the Coronavirus. The City is also working closely with its local partners including the Sedgwick County Health Departm...

City of Wichita- Government
03/13/2020
City of Wichita- Government

City of Wichita- Government

From the Mayor and City Council Members – City of Wichita:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a concern for communities across the nation, including our own. Because of these concerns, it is important that the City of Wichita take preemptive measures to help ensure the health and well being of Wichita residents, visitors, and employees.

City Leadership is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health Environment, and the Sedgwick County Health Department, and implementing best practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The City of Wichita is committed to take necessary, appropriate actions to keep our community and employees safe.

After much deliberation, the City is taking steps recommended by the CDC and the Sedgwick County Health Department to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus in our community.

These steps take effect immediately and will include the following:

1. All City sponsored events with more than 250 expected attendees are postponed or cancelled until further notice.

2. All non-City sponsored events that have received community event permits or have been booked at Century II, and are expected to have at least 250 attendees, are postponed or cancelled until further notice. Any fees paid to date by event organizers will be refunded if the event is cancelled.

3. Classes offered by the City that are marketed to high-risk populations are postponed for at least the next 14 days.

4. In addition to these steps, the City is guarding the health of its employees and visitors to public facilities by increasing cleaning efforts, encouraging safe work practices, and placing a moratorium on non-essential travel for City employees.

It is important for all of us to make informed decisions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Please consult the CDC website for up-to-date information before making decisions about attending City programs and classes and other community activities.

These decisions are with the interests of our community in mind. Thank you for your understanding and support. We will continue to keep you updated as this situation continues to develop.

As the situation with coronavirus further evolves locally, please visit Wichita.gov for updates on City-sponsored events and services. Below are links to resources for information related to COVID-19 and steps from the CDC to help prevent illness.

Helpful Resources:
https://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.kdheks.gov/
https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

03/10/2020
What You Need To Know About Handwashing

Old Cowtown Museum Staff is closely monitoring concerns related to spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the situation continues to change rapidly, staff’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

Cowtown remains open and staff is responding appropriately to protect the health of patrons. These measures include increased cleaning frequency with a special emphasis on disinfecting restrooms, door handles, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces.

Staff has posted signage that provides steps for reducing the transmission of the virus and installed hand-sanitizing stations in high use areas of the facility.

This video answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http:...

The weather is getting nice, just a reminder that Cowtown is a great place to get your steps in! We're open Tuesday-Satu...
03/10/2020

The weather is getting nice, just a reminder that Cowtown is a great place to get your steps in! We're open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm!

"Where the Old West Comes to Life": Celebrating Cowtown's 70 Years, the first temporary exhibit in 2020 in the Empire Ha...
03/05/2020

"Where the Old West Comes to Life": Celebrating Cowtown's 70 Years, the first temporary exhibit in 2020 in the Empire Hall foyer is complete. It will be up till mid-June.

We are welcoming the Flint Hills Outlaws very soon! Come see us!
03/04/2020

We are welcoming the Flint Hills Outlaws very soon! Come see us!

Thank you so much to the Border Queen Regulators and Border Queen Bellas for coming out and performing today! We loved h...
02/29/2020

Thank you so much to the Border Queen Regulators and Border Queen Bellas for coming out and performing today! We loved having you here!

Fairy tales...or maybe a tale as old as time! (Come see some of your favorite fairy tales and other stories brought to l...
02/27/2020
Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined

Fairy tales...or maybe a tale as old as time! (Come see some of your favorite fairy tales and other stories brought to life at "Once Upon a Time at Cowtown," April 11!)

Jack may have been climbing that beanstalk for more than 5,000 years

We are happy to welcome the Border Queen Regulators and Border Queen Bellas to Cowtown this Saturday, February 29. Come ...
02/24/2020

We are happy to welcome the Border Queen Regulators and Border Queen Bellas to Cowtown this Saturday, February 29. Come out and catch one of their three shows at 12pm, 2:00 and 3:30pm! The museum opens at 10am, regular admission rates apply. More info about the group in the comments!

One more look at what we have coming up in 2020! Be sure to mark your calendars for all of our great events! See you the...
02/24/2020

One more look at what we have coming up in 2020! Be sure to mark your calendars for all of our great events! See you there!

We want you to get to know our volunteers! This week, we are introducing everyone to Terry Dewitt! Terry is the kind of ...
02/19/2020

We want you to get to know our volunteers! This week, we are introducing everyone to Terry Dewitt! Terry is the kind of volunteer that every non-profit wishes they had! He is willing to step up and help whenever we need him, no questions asked. He's also great in a gunfight! Terry says, "Volunteering is the one thing I look forward to on the weekends. If you have not ever been to Cowtown you are missing out on a lot of fun." And while we agree strongly with that sentiment, we also love the reason why Terry says he volunteers, which is, "Seeing the kids' faces when I'm walking around Cowtown makes it all worth being there." We think Terry is pretty amazing, and we hope you come out to see him and all of our other fabulous volunteers!

Valentine's Day hasn't always been sweet. Victorian-Era 'Vinegar' Valentines were anything but! Click on the article bel...
02/12/2020
Victorian-Era 'Vinegar' Valentines Could Be Mean and Hostile

Valentine's Day hasn't always been sweet. Victorian-Era 'Vinegar' Valentines were anything but! Click on the article below for more information on this interesting piece of history.

Rather than expressing love and affection, these cards were designed to offend.

Cowtown memberships have so many benefits! Free admission all year (even to our special events, some exclusions apply) p...
02/07/2020

Cowtown memberships have so many benefits! Free admission all year (even to our special events, some exclusions apply) plus discounts in our saloon and gift shop! Get yours today at www.oldcowtown.org or by coming by the Cowtown Visitor's Center!

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Wichita, KS
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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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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
September 17-18, 2019 Grant Writing Class Hosted by The Learning Center.
What are your hours on July 4?