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Prairie Museum of Art & History

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Address: Colby, KS 67701
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+1 913-462-4590
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 17:00

This complex features sod houses which are open for touring.

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Prairie Museum of Art & History

I visited the museum as part of a museum volunteer group; we were shown the back rooms that are not open to the public. Very interesting

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dighton, KS
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Dighton, KS
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the museum as part of a museum volunteer group; we were shown the back rooms that are not open to the public. Very interesting

Thank jfullmer
Baltimore, Maryland
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711 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are really two different museums in one here. Outside there is a collection of historic buildings, including a sod house, schoolhouse, and barn, that you tour by yourself. The great thing is that you can touch and explore almost everything inside these buildings, while reading considerable, fascinating explanations of their life and times. The enormous barn contains an outstanding... More 

Thank Wanderlust777
New York
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88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This museum is a pleasure and a wonderful tribute to the history of Colby, Kansas and The United States. The outdoor buildings are well preserved and a treat to explore. Great efforts have been made to provide details of each aspect of the buildings and the people who built them. The tiny church is wonderful. After completing the outside self-tour,... More 

Thank Susan O
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had been traveling for a few hours and wanted to take a break so we stopped here on a whim. There is an $8 admission fee and I wasn't sure I was in the mood to spend money just to stretch my legs. But we figured what the heck, we're here now. And holy cow, what a surprise this... More 

Thank JoeyB407
Gresham, Oregon, United States
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111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

When I opened the door to the 1930s prairie home, it was like walking into my grandparents home. So authentic! It alone was worth the visit to recall and see how people here lived 80 years ago. In addition there was the HUGE barn, the little church, still occasionally used, and the furnished sod house. Inside are US military uniforms... More 

Thank Steve J
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

I have been to many museums and this is in the top 10 for sure! If the main building isn't enough, just go outside and walk to all the original buildings. Come with some time, you'll need more than an hour. My son loves the faux school house and spends most of his time in there. I love going to... More 

Thank Tara B
Petaluma, California
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244 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This one is close to interstate 70 and should not be missed if traveling through Colby. The lady at the front desk was super nice and proud of her museum, as well she should. Outside is the largest barn in Kansas - loved it, a small schoolhouse, a sod house, a church, and a settler's cottage you can roam through... More 

Thank pfefmeister
Carbondale, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We were so impressed with this museum. The outdoor exhibit of buildings was excellent - I had never seen a sod house before, but knew my grandfather lived in one when he was a little boy, so I was very interested to see how they were constructed. I also enjoyed the one room school house and the church. They both... More 

Thank Lane H
Kuna, Idaho
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Enjoy history in its glory days and the past. Enjoy history being made now. This place was nice to see the history in a place that is long forgotten in its past. enjoy being here and seeing the history of the past present and future the great dust bowl, to modern times.

Thank TINYTIMM1963
Evanston, IL
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This place is really two museums. The first is a collection of buildings reflecting Kansas' rural past. The second is a building full of rooms and rooms of items collected during the lifetime of a woman from Colby. The hour or so we spent there was worth it. Could have stayed longer. Staff is very pleasant.

Thank pdjames

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