Flint Hills
Discovery Center

315 South 3rd Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(785) 587-2726

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 Center Map

Flint Hills Discovery Center - Manhattan, Kansas
Flint Hills Discovery Center
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 of the FLint Hills Discovery Center
Center atrium introduction area

Voices of the Flint Hills
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 - Flint Hills Discovery Center
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 children's learning area
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 University.

Flint Hills Gateway Kiosk - Manhattan, Kansas
Flint Hills Gateway Kiosk in the lobby

Flint Hills Gateway touch screen travel planner
Flint Hills Gateway touch screen

Flint Hills Discovery Center gift store - Manhattan, Kansas
Flint Hills Discovery Center's gift store

Water fountain at Flint Hills Discovery Center
Blue Earth Plaza water feature and outdoor fireplace

Flint Hills Discovery Center Map - Manhattan, Kansas
Flint Hills Discovery Center Map

Flint Hills Discover Center web site
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