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.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
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.
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 Ulrich Museum of Art was established in 1974 and is named after New York businessman Edwin A. Ulrich, who donated over 300 paintings by Frederick Judd Waugh to the museum. The museum has a striking appearance on the outside and houses two galleries. The Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection has over 70 statues. These include the works of eminent artists like Luis Jiménez, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and others. The museum provides free guided tours.
Established in 2001 by Lorna and Dr. John Kardatzke, the Museum of World Treasures is a non-profit organization, associated with the American Alliance of Museums. It is known as one of the best global historical museums in Kansas. Take a trip to the three-story gallery, displaying realistic dinosaur models, ancient civilizations, Egyptian mummies, wars, prominent figures, and more. The Museum of World Treasures also hosts private events and meetings. What better place to host your theme wedding or birthday party?
The Kansas African American Museum is a historical museum, dedicated to the lives, ordeals and experiences of the African-American community in the State of Kansas. The building was first built in 1917 as the Calvary Baptist Church, which was considered to be the cornerstone and an important landmark of Wichita's African-American community. In 1972, the church was relocated and the first National Black Historical Society was set up to safeguard the historical building. In 1993, the building was added to the National Register of Historical Places and by 1997, it was renamed the Kansas African American Museum. This museum is especially renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the Cranford Village Celebration, Doris Kerr Larkins Brunch and Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Located in the Veterans Memorial Park, the Operation Freedom Memorial honors the memory and sacrifices made by several soldiers of United States' Armed Forces who fought bravely and perished in terrorist attacks and combats. A tribute to the memory of 90 soldiers from Kansas who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan, the marble monument was completed in 2014.
Learn about Wichita's history, as well as that of the surrounding area at The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Over four floors of exhibits, you'll discover interesting facts about the city from past centuries. "The Spirit of Wichita" is an exhibit showcasing the history if the city through the early 20th Century, including the Dust Bowl. Located in a building that once served as city hall, this attraction is steeped in history - a must visit for anyone hoping to learn about the area's rich past.
The Great Plains Transportation Museum consists of two levels. Downstairs, at the gift shop, you'll be able to get t-shirts, collectibles, books, toys, and other items relating to transportation. Upstairs, the exhibits include railroad artifacts, signs, and other memorabilia. By far the most popular attraction is the collection of antique locomotives outside. Kids and adults can actually explore inside the locomotives, seeing all the controls and machinery. Employees are knowledgeable and will be able to answer your questions about the exhibits.
Located in Wichita Boathouse, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have excelled in their sport and preserves local sports heritage and history. Visit this museum to catch a glimpse of artefacts and archives from various fields – basketball, football, baseball and more. They have jerseys, trophies, balls, plaques, autographed equipment, sports memorabilia and various other displays. You can also check out the list of inductees from various fields, individuals and teams, who have brought honors and accolades to their community.