Prairie Museum of Art and History - Colby, Kansas
The 24 acre Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas includes a 1930s farmstead, sod house, one room school and the Lone Star Church. Its 66 feet wide, 114 feet long Cooper Barn may be the largest barn in Kansas. The entrance to the complex is through a large modern museum building which was designed by the Kuska family and is almost exclusively devoted to items collected by them.
The Kuska collection may be too diverse for its size (dolls, furniture, clothing, quilts, toys, glass, ceramics, silver, souvenirs, household items, tools, musical instruments, coins, clocks, stamps, guns, minerals, art, campaign items, etc). I would have rather they had more detail about a few of these areas.
I was more impressed with the old buildings from around Thomas County which have been moved to the museum complex, particularly the huge Cooper Barn and the Lone Star Church. The gift shop was also good, with a large selection of Kansas related books.
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