Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW 6th

Topeka, KS 66615
(785) 272-8681


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The Kansas State Historical Society's headquarters -- north of Interstate 70 and west off Wanamaker Road -- feature the Kansas Museum of History and the State Archives and Library. Visitors can spend hours indoors exploring the state's history -- from its first inhabitants through the Civil War to recent times -- but the sprawling grounds surrounding the museum are educational as well.

Grab your hat, a bottle of water and choose from nature trails that wind their way along and across small creeks and through a native environment full of prairie grasses and wildflowers -- a combined 2.5 miles in length. Close your eyes and envision the huge herds of bison that once roamed this environment and in turn supported the Plains Indians. (Don't miss the museum's sculpture of "The Great White Buffalo" by Lumen Martin Winter, who also painted murals at the Statehouse.)

A gazebo on the east side of the parking lot and picnic tables offer a place to sit, while a playground near the museum can entertain youngsters who aren't yet interested in history.

Additional information is available at http://www.kshs.org/places/museum.htm or by calling the museum at (785) 272-8681.



Amenities: Gardens, Picnic tables, Playground, Public restrooms, Walking path

Location: West

Ambience: Family fun, Soothing sun spot