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Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, a butterfly garden, a butterfly house, a greenhouse for tropical plants, a rock garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a Shakespearean garden, and more. They opened a children's garden in 2011 that features several themed areas for kids.
Preserving the heritage and history of local public schools, the McCormick School Museum is housed within the handsome building of this 19th-century school. Visit the museum to see interesting displays like a one room school from 1890s, a science lab’s replica from 1923, old photos, yearbooks, and archives. Small yet well-maintained, you can visit the facility on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Feel like you've traveled back in time at this museum, where costumed actors recreate the lifestyle of a cattle town from the 1870s. This sprawling museum is designed as a working town complete with residential houses, an industrial area, a farm and various other elements that comprised a town back in the day. Well-thought-out re-enactments of scenes from daily life make this an interesting attraction for kids as well as adults. The Hunter Area, Drovers Camp, DeVore Farm and the Industrial Area are some of the prominent living exhibits of the museum. In addition to this, the Empire Hall showcases an extensive collection of historical artifacts. The gift shop on site has unique souvenirs and tours are available.
The Wichita Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in all of Kansas. Opened in 1935, it has a sterling collection of American art. The art collection of approximately 7,000 works spanning over three centuries includes sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts. It boasts works by illustrious artists like Mary Cassat, Winslow Homer, and many more. The museum has a unique area known as The Living Room where visitors can try their hand at creating their art. The museum also features a cafe and a store where gift items made by local artists are available.
Established in 1972, the Mid-America All-Indian Center is a cultural center which aims to spread awareness and preserve the culture and heritage of American Indians. Born out of cultural differences and conflicts between the Indian and non-Indian Americans, the facility houses a museum, a Gallery of Nations in which special events are held and also a gift shop. The facility can be rented out for events. The center holds a host of Pow Wows in which Native and non-Native Americans come together to socialize. With cultural events spread throughout the year, the Mid-America All India Center has it's sights firmly set to effectively promote the Native American culture.
At the meeting point of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers is a weathered steel statue by American Indian sculptor, Blackbear Bosin. The Keeper of the Plains was installed in 1974 to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. Standing tall at 44 feet (13.41 meters), it is set on a huge headland and is considered a sacred site by the Native American tribes. Encircling it is a plaza with many displays, describing the lives of local American Indians who dwelt here. There are walking bridges to access the area. Fire drums on bluffs at the foot of the sculpture light almost every night, giving a dramatic effect to its surroundings.