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Old Cowtown Museum

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Address: 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203-3295
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+1 316-350-3323
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum...

Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking.

Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.

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Victorian Christmas

I enjoyed an evening at Old Cowtown Museum for Victorian Christmas again this year. Old Cowtown is one of the best examples of an early western town with several historical homes... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed an evening at Old Cowtown Museum for Victorian Christmas again this year. Old Cowtown is one of the best examples of an early western town with several historical homes and buildings dating back into the 1800's. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was hands down one of my favorites of all time. Be prepared to do some walking but it is totally worth it. This is a place the whole family can enjoy from small children to teens.

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Warrensburg, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it. Be ready to walk more than you planned as it's huge! Every sort of shop/old business you can think of. Incase you wonder what a funeral home looked like 150 yrs ago. ;) our kids are 10, 9, 4, and 2, and they asked questions and learned a lot. So did we! A cheap and relaxing way... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is much more extensive (not expensive) than a typical "old town" that you might find in other cities. I think most of the buildings are original, and they're arranged like an Old West downtown, with a homestead/farm a short walk away. It really reminded me of historical Williamsburg, just in a different time period.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My wife and I had some time to kill so we went to this museum. When we walked into one of the houses, we saw to photos of a man and woman who lived in the house. Later that day we say the same photos in the African-American museum. Turns out they are the great-great grandparents of Barack Obama!

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I decided to come and visit while we were in Wichita. It was a chilly day, and a few buildings were closed at the time, but it was a good visit. We enjoy the history and going in the houses/businesses and seeing how it was back in the day. We'll definitely have to come back.

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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Old Cowtown has a great collection of historical buildings that replicate the early days of Wichita and the old west. They have regular events with special themes and it's also great to just go and stroll the streets immersing one's self in what it might have been like to live in Wichita in the early 1800's.

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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

It's always a fun time here. Cowtown always has different things going on, different educational meetings, and it's a great place to visit year round. If you've never been to the Victorian Christmas celebration, you really should. Check their website and other websites for to dos here and consider being a member.

Thank cam-i-am82
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We visited old cow town museum this past weekend and had so much fun! There weren't many visitors when we got there in the early afternoon so it almost felt like we had the town to ourselves! When walking to the museum from our car it almost didn't seem like we had the right place as there was just a... More 

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Pittsburg, Texas
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing. It was really cold out, so there was only one other visitor when we got there at 10 am. The buildings are original and set up as close to the way they were for the time. It's like stepping back in time as you go through each building. We ran out of time to see the... More 

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