Forts and Trails Exhibit
The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas features areas devoted to Native American History, the settling of Kansas, the battles over Kansas statehood, Civil War, African American History, and more recent developments. Exhibits include a fully stocked covered wagon ready for a trip on the Oregon Trail, a 1950s diner made by the Valentine Industries, a Biplane built in 1914 by A.K. Longren, and weapons. Kansas has been the home or original location of many restaurant chains from White Castle to the Harvey House chain to Applebee's, and the related exhibits are popular.
The main gallery also displays a Cheyenne tipi, a stocked covered wagon ready for a trip on the Oregon Trail, an 1880 Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad locomotive and six flags from the First and Second Kansas Colored Infantries.
The Kansas Museum of History hours are 9 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 - 5 PM Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, and $5 for ages 2-17. Plan to spend at least 2 hours visiting the main gallery and temporary displays.
The State Archives collections contain more than 12 miles of printed materials & Kansas government archives, 25,000 maps, approximately 500,000 photographs, and more than 50,000 reels of microfilm. From March - October the State Archives is open 9 AM - 4:30 PM on Tuesday - Saturday, except state holidays. From November - February it is closes Tuesdays. Researchers can request material from the stacks until 4PM.
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