1111 E. Kansas Avenue
McPherson, Kansas 67460
Open 1-5 PM Monday
McPherson Museum - McPherson, Kansas
When I first visited the McPherson Museum & Arts
Foundation in McPherson, Kansas it was one of the most interesting
local historical society museums in Kansas. Unlike many local historical
museums, this one had interesting collections devoted to minerals, fossils,
Native American pottery, plus unique McPherson and central Kansas history.
At that time, the McPherson Museum occupied an attractive 1920 Tudor Revival
home and some of the rooms on the main floor retain the original character
and beauty of the home.
The Museum and Arts Foundation purpose built a large modern
museum in 2013, which is handicap accessible and should someday be even
more impressive. The new structure had taken the available funds and it
took several years for some of the new displays to be built.
The McPherson Museum is impressive again and one of the
nicest free museum in Kansas.
The McPherson Exhibit Hall houses many stories of life in McPherson.
La Brea artifacts were donated to McPherson College by its first graduate,
J. Z. Gilbert, who discovered them
in the early 1900s at the La Brea tar pits.
A dire wolf and a saber tooth cat from the La Brea tar pits.
Mid Kansas Model Railroaders layout. They had
exhibits at the former Cedar's nursing home
which was demolished to make way for this new museum.
The Gallery of Fine Arts showcases the Museum's collections, including
its Birger Sandzen pieces, art from the USD #418
collection and traveling exhibitions.
In March 1936 the McPherson Globe Refiners Basketball Team won the
AAU Championship Tournament. 6
members of that team went on to form the core of the US Olympic basketball
team that represented the United
States in Berlin and won the gold medal.
July 2022 display of the contents of a 1972 time capsule
The skin and head of Leo the Lion. one of the original lions used by
is tucked away in the back of the McPherson Museum.
The former McPherson Museum in a nearby 1920 Tudor Revival home.
The Meteorite Man - Dr. Harvey Harlow Nininger exhibit in the former
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