Old Cowtown Museum

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Operating as usual

Tomorrow, Friday, September 18! Come step back into the Roaring 20s! 7pm-midnight. $15/person, Cowtown members get in fr...
09/17/2020

Tomorrow, Friday, September 18! Come step back into the Roaring 20s! 7pm-midnight. $15/person, Cowtown members get in free! 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Cash bar (credit cards accepted), live music, antique cars, and more!

Due to our Roaring 20s event, we will be opening late on Friday, September 18. Our hours that day are 7pm-midnight. Want...
09/14/2020

Due to our Roaring 20s event, we will be opening late on Friday, September 18. Our hours that day are 7pm-midnight. Want more info on the Roaring 20s? Check out our Facebook event page!

Today is another FREE Family Funday Sunday! Every Sunday thorough October, everyone gets FREE admission. 12pm-5pm, come ...
09/13/2020

Today is another FREE Family Funday Sunday! Every Sunday thorough October, everyone gets FREE admission. 12pm-5pm, come see us!

We will always remember.
09/11/2020

We will always remember.

This week's volunteer profile is on Mike "Quick Jake" Stoner. Mike is a member of the Cowtown Cowboys, and has been for ...
09/09/2020

This week's volunteer profile is on Mike "Quick Jake" Stoner. Mike is a member of the Cowtown Cowboys, and has been for many years. When asked about his time volunteering, Mike said, "I enjoy entertaining and interacting with the people maybe even teaching a thing or two but that which I enjoy the most is my OCM family." Mike is someone who can always be counted upon for a laugh or even an inappropriate joke, but he takes his volunteer workout very seriously. We are blessed to have Mike as part of our OCM family.

Remember, every Sunday through October we offer free admission for everyone! We're open 12pm-5pm. #oldcowtown #oldwest #...
09/06/2020

Remember, every Sunday through October we offer free admission for everyone! We're open 12pm-5pm. #oldcowtown #oldwest #familyfun

Coming up September 18, 7pm - midnight, "The Roaring 20s," is back! Put on your best 20s clothes and join us for bootleg...
09/05/2020

Coming up September 18, 7pm - midnight, "The Roaring 20s," is back! Put on your best 20s clothes and join us for bootlegging fun! Live music and vintage cars, and a 20s style shootout will transport you back to the days of prohibition. The BOMB BBQ will be serving up delicious food for sale, New Life Nutrition will have shakes for sale, and Culinary Catering will have drinks for sale! 18 to enter, 21 to drink. $15/person, Cowtown members get in free. (Masks required in buildings and outside when social distancing isn't possible.) **Most activities will be outdoors to allow for a safer experience for guests, staff and volunteers.**

Tonight's the night! First Friday fun! Join us for a relaxing evening under the stars! Food will be for sale from The BO...
09/04/2020

Tonight's the night! First Friday fun! Join us for a relaxing evening under the stars! Food will be for sale from The BOMB BBQ, adult beverages for sale from Shaken or Stirred Bartending, and shakes for sale from NewLife Nutrition. Our Cowtown Cowboys and River City Renegades will be performing at 7 and 8, and you can catch a ghost tour with spooky stories at 8:30pm. $6/person, Cowtown members and kids 4 and under get in free!

Tomorrow, September 4 we will be open 6pm-10pm ONLY for our "Cowtown Under the Stars," first Friday event. Admission for...
09/03/2020

Tomorrow, September 4 we will be open 6pm-10pm ONLY for our "Cowtown Under the Stars," first Friday event. Admission for that event is just $6! Kids 4 and under and Cowtown members get in free.

Coming up this Friday, 6pm-10pm! Admission is just $6! (Kids 4 and under and Cowtown members get in free.) Enjoy food fo...
09/01/2020

Coming up this Friday, 6pm-10pm! Admission is just $6! (Kids 4 and under and Cowtown members get in free.) Enjoy food for sale from The BOMB BBQ, drinks for sale by Shaken or Stirred Bartending, and shakes for sale from NewLife Nutrition. Plus, gunfights at 7pm and 8pm, and ghost tours starting at 8:30pm! Come see us!!

Today is FREE Sunday Funday! Admission is free for everyone, we are open 12pm-5pm! Shows at 1:00 and 3:30, come see us!
08/30/2020

Today is FREE Sunday Funday! Admission is free for everyone, we are open 12pm-5pm! Shows at 1:00 and 3:30, come see us!

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 29, 10am-5pm! Regular admission rates apply, Cowtown members get in free! Don't forget your m...
08/29/2020

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 29, 10am-5pm! Regular admission rates apply, Cowtown members get in free! Don't forget your mask, they are required in the buildings.

This Saturday, August 29, 10am-5pm. Visit with Mountain Men, Buffalo Soldiers, Native Americans and more! Plus, Historia...
08/25/2020

This Saturday, August 29, 10am-5pm. Visit with Mountain Men, Buffalo Soldiers, Native Americans and more! Plus, Historian Keith Wondra will be giving a lecture on 'Wyatt Earp in Wichita' at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm in Empire House, with limited seating. Regular admission rates apply: $9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11) and kids 4 and under, active and retired military and their families and Cowtown members get in free! Masks are required inside buildings, and within 6' of other groups. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Don't forget we offer FREE admission for everyone on Sundays! Come see us, Noon-5pm!
08/22/2020

Don't forget we offer FREE admission for everyone on Sundays! Come see us, Noon-5pm!

Our history spotlight today is on the church. The First Presbyterian Church was erected in the summer of 1870 on the sou...
08/14/2020

Our history spotlight today is on the church. The First Presbyterian Church was erected in the summer of 1870 on the southeast corner of Wichita and 2nd St. It was sold to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in late 1872 for $500 including furnishings. It was moved to the northeast corner of Second and St. Francis. The structure was later used as a boarding house and was owned by Mrs. Millie Hodge who moved the structure to 605 N. Main around 1886. A second story was added to the structure as and windows were added on the front of the first floor. The building was condemned after a fire destroyed the second floor in 1949. The building was moved to its present site at the Old Cowtown Museum in 1952, where it was restored as a church.

Our history spotlight today is on the Heller Cabin, which we use to represent a J.R. Mead Trading Post as part of our ne...
08/11/2020

Our history spotlight today is on the Heller Cabin, which we use to represent a J.R. Mead Trading Post as part of our new Pre-Settlement District. It represents the roots of pre-railroad Wichita when hunting, trapping and trading with the Indians were the only economic ventures in the area. The buffalo hunter and trader was a business man whose activity paved the way as well as overlaps the cattle and farming economy that builds Wichita.
The Heller Cabin was donated to Old Cowtown Museum by the estate of Donna B. Heller in 2000. It was originally located in Elmo, Dickinson County, Kansas, south of Abilene, Kansas. The cabin arrived on the grounds 2002, and was restored to its present appearance in 2009. Leonhard Hoffman was granted a land patent and built the cabin in the late 1860s, soon after the Civil War ended. He built the central cabin portion first, very quickly afterwards he constructed lean-to wings on opposite ends of the log structure. The log structure was built of locally grown walnut and the quality of the workmanship is very high. The land and cabin were later purchased by the Heller family.

The fun goes until 10pm tonight! Ghost tours coming up from 8:30-10pm!
08/08/2020

The fun goes until 10pm tonight! Ghost tours coming up from 8:30-10pm!

08/07/2020
www.oldcowtown.org

Like most non-profit organizations during this time, we have seen a drop in business and a drop in revenue. If you could take the time to help us keep Wichita's early history alive, we would greatly appreciate it. You can donate at the link below to our COVID-19 relief fund. Thanks so much for your support of Old Cowtown Museum and Wichita history.
https://www.oldcowtown.org/Pages/COVID19.aspx

Today is the last day to vote in the Wichita Eagle Readers' Choice! Please consider casting your vote for Old Cowtown Mu...
08/07/2020

Today is the last day to vote in the Wichita Eagle Readers' Choice! Please consider casting your vote for Old Cowtown Museum. Visit www.eaglereaderschoice.com to vote!

Soft rain at the museum this morning! Should clear up soon, come see us on this unusually cool summer day! 🤠 #oldcowtown...
08/05/2020

Soft rain at the museum this morning! Should clear up soon, come see us on this unusually cool summer day! 🤠
#oldcowtown #wichita #wichitahistory #cowtown #museum #history #kansas #rain #oldwest @ Old Cowtown Museum

This Friday, August 7, from 6-10pm, $6/person. New Life Nutrition and The Bomb BBQ will be serving up shakes and delicio...
08/03/2020

This Friday, August 7, from 6-10pm, $6/person. New Life Nutrition and The Bomb BBQ will be serving up shakes and delicious food, and adult beverages will be for sale from Shaken or Stirred.

Today's History Spotlight is on the Munger House.Darius S. Munger of Topeka was sent by the Wichita Town Company in 1868...
08/01/2020

Today's History Spotlight is on the Munger House.
Darius S. Munger of Topeka was sent by the Wichita Town Company in 1868 to create the town of Wichita. Though others lived in the area, his was the first formal attempt to build a town. In 1869 he completed this story and a half residence on a plot of land near 9th and Waco. It served as the core of the original platted town site. The structure is considered to be the first substantial structure in Wichita.

All of the building materials come from the river bank vicinity with the exception of the hardware and windows, which had to be freighted from Emporia. The logs are hand-hewn cottonwood, the floors are walnut and samples of the original plaster still exist on the second floor (which is currently not accessible to the public.). A log barn stood between the house and the river.

Due to Munger's role in the development of the fledgling town, his family residence served many functions, including that of Post Office, boarding house, meeting place and office of the Justice of the Peace.

In 1874 W.C. Woodman, an early entrepreneur and Wichita's first banker, purchased the Munger House. Woodman enlarged and improved the structure until it was completely integrated inside a Victorian house that he named "Lakeside Mansion".

The Eunice Sterling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the cabin to preserve the city's heritage and donated it to Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc. in 1949. The Munger House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

07/29/2020

Are you into photography? Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, Cowtown is a great place to take photos and make memories!

Today's History Spotlight is on the Southern Hotel.The original Southern Hotel in Wichita was located on the east side o...
07/28/2020

Today's History Spotlight is on the Southern Hotel.
The original Southern Hotel in Wichita was located on the east side of North Main Street in the 100 block. Built in 1871, it was one of the earliest hotels in Wichita. It boasted 15 rooms at the time and was quite elegant. It fell into decline and burned in 1875 in a blazing fire that also destroyed six adjacent commercial buildings. As a result, the early wooden buildings were steadily replaced with more fire-resistant, permanent structures that represented growth, affluence and stability.

The structure that we have at Cowtown to represent the Southern Hotel was built circa 1875 and was located at 1117 West Douglas Ave. It was moved to Cowtown in 1960 after its donation by Keeley Stevens. The business served as a grocery store, plumbing company, oil company, tire service and cabinet maker., The upstairs was used as a boarding house. After it was moved to Cowtown, a balcony and false front were added to the front of the structure and interior paneling was made using a planing mill from the original time period.

Come see us every first Friday starting August 7 from 6-10pm and explore the museum at night! Just $6/person gets you a ...
07/27/2020

Come see us every first Friday starting August 7 from 6-10pm and explore the museum at night! Just $6/person gets you a night full of history and old west fun! We will have The Bomb BBQ food truck serving up all night! Masks required in the buildings, social distancing required outdoors.

Photos from Old Cowtown Museum's post
07/27/2020

Photos from Old Cowtown Museum's post

Happy National Day of the Cowboy! This is a day to celebrate the hardworking cowboys of yesterday and today, and to refl...
07/25/2020

Happy National Day of the Cowboy! This is a day to celebrate the hardworking cowboys of yesterday and today, and to reflect on their contributions to the development of this great country! Come on and see us today, 10am-5pm!

07/22/2020

Our wonderful printer, Tim, made a special bookmark in the Wichita Eagle Print Shop! Stop by and get yours! Happy Birthday, Wichita!

07/21/2020
Happy 150th Wichita!

Kayla says Happy Birthday Wichita from our Wichita Eagle Print Shop! The Eagle was started in 1872 by Marshall M. Murdock.

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 19:00 - 00:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 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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Any news or updates on a rescheduling of last Spring's Steampunk Day??? Will there be one this fall or will it be on hold until next Spring?
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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