315 South 3rd Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
18-64: $9.00 2-17: $4.00
Military, College Students,
Educators & 65+: $7.00
Open 363 days a year
Closing at 5PM daily except
8PM on Thursdays
Flint Hills Discovery
Flint Hills Discovery Center - Manhattan, Kansas
The Flint Hills Discovery Center opened in Manhattan,
Kansas in April 2012. We visited the museum 2 months later and although
the hours and fees listed on this page are current, the photos and comments
reflect that period shortly after opening.
Rather than being located in the Flint Hills outside the
city, the Discovery Center is the focal point of the South End Redevelopment
in Manhattan. The displays are very well done. Much of the museum / learning
center is devoted to children, and it is priced to be reasonable for families.
A party with just adults is likely to be satisfied with a one hour visit
and may find the $9 fee a little high.
Multi-media is used through the Discovery Center, including
am immersive theater showing a the 15 minute video, "Tallgrass Prairie:
Tides of Time."
The most innovative thing we found was an interactive
kiosk at the main entrance to the building. The "Flint Hills Gateway" lets
you use a touch screen to plan a visit to attractions and businesses in
the Flint Hills, then print or email it.
Center atrium introduction area
Voices of the Flint Hills - Share your voice, as well as listen to
dozens of other opinions, thoughts and concerns for the region.
Winds of the Past examines the culture and society of the Native Americans
who inhabited the tallgrass prairie 13,000 years ago.
Stepping into the Prairie includes a burrow and slide, puzzles, games
and toys families can enjoy together, as well as a toddler area.
Temporary art exhibit from 2012 - the art of Jason Waite, a ranch hand
in the Flint Hills
who was then pursuing a doctoral degree in Agronomy at Kansas State
Flint Hills Gateway Kiosk in the lobby
Flint Hills Gateway touch screen
Flint Hills Discovery Center's gift store
Blue Earth Plaza water feature and outdoor fireplace
Flint Hills Discovery Center Map
Flint Hills Discover
Center web site
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