Top 20 Museums to Visit with Kids in Wichita KS

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The best museums in Wichita are listed below – whether you’re looking for things to do with kids in Wichita, date ideas, or things to do with visitors in Wichita, you’ll find plenty of options.

*Many museums in Wichita are closed on Mondays, so be sure to visit their website for hours before visiting

Best Museums in Wichita KS 2021

B-29 Doc Hangar, Education & Visitor Center

Admission: $10 per person; $20 per family
Location: 1788 S Airport Rd. Wichita, KS 67209

The B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center provides a unique and one-of-a-kind look into aviation history. Located in Wichita, Kan., at Eisenhower National Airport, the 42,000 sq. ft. facility is an interactive experience for all ages.

Pro tip: Best for ages 5+ (there’s not a lot for little ones, but if they are obsessed with planes, they’ll get a kick out of Doc!)

B-29 Doc Hangar, Education & Visitor Center

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military, and kids (2 & under free)
Location: 701 Amidon St. Wichita, KS 67203

Technically not a museum – but Botanica is a local fave for Wichita families and shouldn’t be missed if you’re visiting in season. Nestled on 17 acres in heart of central Wichita, their gardens, events, and children’s activities offer something for everyone. 

Pro tip: Don’t skip the carousel!

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Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

City Arts

Admission: Free
Location: 334 N. Mead Wichita, KS 67202

City Arts features local artists and photographers in their galleries in addition to offering a number of classes and workshops for creatives.

Exploration Place

Admission: 2 & under FREE; 3-11 $8; Adults 12-64 $11, Seniors 65+ $11.50
Location: 300 N. McLean Blvd. Wichita, Kansas 67203

Sedgwick County’s science and discovery museum! Exploration Place features both permanent and traveling exhibits, live science shows, and movies in the dome & planetarium. Perfect for all ages and one of the best museums in Wichita for kids!

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Exploration Place

Kansas African American Museum

Admission: Grades 3-5 $3; Grades 6-12 $4; Adults $6; Seniors $5
Location: 601 N Water St. Wichita, Kansas 67203

The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the Kansas African American experience resonant with EVERY Kansan. 

museums in Wichita
Kansas Aviation Museum

Kansas Aviation Museum

Admission: 3 & under FREE; ages 4-12 $6; ages 12-Adult $9; Seniors 55+ $7
Location: 3350 South George Washington Blvd. Wichita, KS 67210

The Kansas Aviation Museum is a great attraction for any flight fanatic. Indoor & outdoor exhibits, an historic airport terminal, and the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame are all housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport built in 1935.

Pro tip: Their Little Aviators program every Friday is perfect for tots & preschoolers, and twice each year they open up all the planes outdoors to climb on and enjoy!

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Kansas Firefighters Museum

Kansas Firefighters Museum

Admission: Ages 5 & under FREE; students K-12 $3; Adults $5; Seniors $2.50
Location: 1300 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211

Kansas’ largest collection of firefighting memorabilia. Trucks, hats, uniforms, photos, and one of the very first fire dispatch systems ever created. Preserved in perfect detail – you’ll feel as though you’ve time traveled!

Keeper of the Plains

Keeper of the Plains

Admission: FREE
Location: 339 Veterans Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67203

The Keeper isn’t a museum, but there’s no attraction more “Wichita” than this! It’s a 44-foot tall steel sculpture standing at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers join together in downtown Wichita.

Pro tip: Go at sunset to watch the lighting of the Ring of Fire!

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Admission: Ages 3 & under FREE; ages 4-12 $4; Adults $7
Location: 700 East Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202

The Great Plains Transportation Museum displays a wide assortment of railroad equipment. 
Their two largest displays are Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 and Santa Fe FP45 diesel #93. Indoor exhibits include railroad prints, signs, lanterns, tools, and other artifacts including a mock-up mechanical stoker used for training steam locomotive personnel.

Mark Arts

Admission: Free
Location: 1307 N. Rock Road  Wichita, KS 67206

In addition to hosting a variety of camps, classes, and workshops for artistic kids and adults, Mark Arts galleries are home to an ever-changing roster of exhibits.

Mid-America All-Indian Museum

Admission: Ages 6 & under FREE; ages 6-12 $3; students 13+ (with ID) $5; military (with ID) $5; seniors 55+ $5; adults $7
Location: 650 N Seneca Wichita, KS 67203

The Mid-America All-Indian Museum is dedicated to educating people about and preserving the culture of the American Indian for future generations.

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Museum of World Treasures

Museum of World Treasures

Admission: Ages 3 & under FREE; ages 4-12 $7.95; adults $9.95; seniors 65+ $8.95. 
Location: 835 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202

History comes alive as you travel from the time of dinosaurs, to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. From shrunken heads and mummies to an extensive World War II collection, Wichita’s Museum of World Treasures is a gem for all ages.

Old Cowtown Museum

Admission: Ages 4 & under FREE; ages 5-11 $6; ages 12-17 $7; adults $9; seniors 62+ $8 (free on Sundays April-October!)
Location: 1865 W Museum Blvd. Wichita, KS 67203

Old Cowtown Museum‘s collections reflect aspects of life on the frontier in the late 1860s and 1870s. They include historic structures and their period furnishings, clothing, & farming equipment. T​here are 54 historic and recreated buildings at Cowtown located along the banks of the Arkansas River that are open to visitors all year long. Check out their events calendar to really see history come to life!

Old Cowtown Museum

The Original Pizza Hut Museum

Admission: FREE
Location: 2090 Innovation Blvd, Wichita, KS 67208

Two Wichita State students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, started the Pizza Hut business in 1958, and now it is one of the largest pizza chains in the world! The original building resides at Wichita State as a museum.

Pro tip: While you’re on campus, check out the other museums and galleries at Wichita State University.

Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Admission: Ages 6 & under FREE; ages 6-12 $2; adults (13+) $5
Location: 204 S. Main, Wichita KS 67202

The Sedgwick County Historical Museum offers visitors an encyclopedic range of artifact based exhibits focused on local history since settlement in the 1860s. It occupies the original Wichita City Hall and contains dozens of exhibits (including a vintage drug store, A Child’s World exhibit, the Victorian House immersive exhibit, and Spirit of Wichita exhibit.

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Ulrich Museum of Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

Admission: FREE
Location: 1845 Fairmount Wichita, KS 67260

Visitors to the Ulrich Museum of Art can explore and enjoy 20th and 21st century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection, and traveling exhibitions.

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Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum

Admission: Ages 5 & under FREE; ages 5-17 $3; college students (with ID) $3; adults $10; seniors 60+ $5; FREE on Saturdays!
Location: 1400 West Museum Boulevard Wichita, KS 67203 

One of the most beloved museums in Wichita, WAM offers exhibits, galleries, classes and events that all ages will enjoy. 

Pro tip: The Muse Café is a delicious spot for brunch – and don’t skip the gift shop!

Wichita Sports Hall of Fame

Admission: FREE
Location: 4700 East Central, Wichita KS 67208

The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to athletes, coaches, media, contributors and teams who have brought honor to the city of Wichita, Kansas.

Wichita Toy Train Club and Museum

Admission: Ages 5 & under FREE; ages 6-12 $4; adults (13+) $7
Location: 130 S Laura St Ave, Wichita, KS 67211

The Wichita Toy Train Museum is fun for the whole family! It’s only open on Saturdays, but there are plenty of of fun train scenes and layouts to enjoy.

Cosmoshpere

Worth the drive (less than an hour from Wichita):

Cosmosphere

Admission: Ages 3 & under FREE; ages 4-12 $17.50; seniors (60+) and military $23.50; adults $26.50
Location: 1100 N Plum St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

Home to the real Apollo 13 and Gemini X spacecraft, the Cosmosphere is the only Smithsonian affiliate in Kansas and your place to see authentic spacecraft, legit space artifacts, and celebrate our space heroes.

Strataca Salt Mine

Strataca Salt Mine

Admission: Ages 4-12 $14; seniors 60+ and military $19; adults (13-59) $21 **children under 4 not allowed**
Location: 3650 East Avenue G Hutchinson, KS 67501

Strataca is the only opportunity of its kind in North America! Adventure 650 feet underground and take a step back in time to experience the world of a salt mine worker. Take a ride on the Salt Mine Express or explore the cavernous mine on the Dark Ride.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Admission: 2 & under FREE; ages 2-11 $13.75; ages 12+ $16.75; seniors 62+ $15.75
Location: 2999 N Rock Rd, Derby, KS 67037

Enjoy 10 acres of walking paths, live shows and over 40 life-sized dinos! Day passes include mini-golf.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

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