Prairie Museum of Art and History

1905 South Franklin Avenue
Colby, Kansas 67701
(785) 460-4590

Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
Saturday & Sunday 1-5PM
(closed Mondays November - March)

Adults - $8    Seniors 65 & over - $6
Children  6-16 - $2

Prairie Museum of Art and History Map

Prairie Museum of Art and History - Colby, Kansas
Prairie Museum of Art and History
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. 

Colby Kansas souvenirs
 Kuska Collection souvenirs


Military uniform collection


Kuska furniture collection

Cooper Barn - Prairie Museum of Art and History
The Cooper Barn was built at Breton, sixteen miles northeast of Colby in 1936 and moved to this location in 1992.

Lone Star Church - Colby, Kansas
The  Lone Star Church was built by Danish settlers. It was donated to the Prairie Museum of Art and History in 1988
and moved 22 miles to this site.  Fixtures in the church today include an early 20th century organ with six octaves and
eleven stops. The congregation of Colby's First Presbyterian Church worships here near Fathers Day each year.


The 1915 Lone Star Church is available for weddings

Prairie Museum of Art and History Map - Colby, Kansas
Prairie Museum of Art and History Map

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