Old Cowtown Museum 

1865 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 660-1870

Tuesday-Saturday: 10AM - 5PM
From April 1- October open Sundays: Noon - 5PM

18-61 $7.75    62+ $6.50    12-17 $6.00    4-11 $5.50

Old Cowton Museum in Wichta, Kansas
Wichita's Old Cowtown main street

The Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas is a living history museum recreating a plains cattle town of the 1870s. When we visited Cowtown in November of 2008, the friendly cashiers told us about interesting activities that would be taking place in the community. But we saw few reenactors and only one of the activities that we had been told would be taking place

There are about 40 old buildings that have been moved to this location. One of the most interesting is a recreation of the old Wichita Eagle newspaper office where there was a man in period clothes who told us some of its history. The blacksmith shop had a man at work, and the grain elevator was interesting, though it didn't take long to see.

But the rest of Old Cowtown was much like the other museum collections of buildings that are scattered around Kansas.

I suspect Cowtown is more interesting in summer when more is going on. 

Old Cowtown visitor's center
Old Cowtown visitor's center and gift shop

Old Cowtown shops and businesses

Arkansas Valley Gran Elevator and a scale house

Old Cowton blacksmith


Old Cowton Museum map
Click on the Old Cowtown Museum Map for a larger image.

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