Visit the oldest open-air history museum in the U.S.
Old Cowtown Museum is located in Wichita, Kanas. It is a one-of-a-kind museum that has a top rating in the country. Cowtown is made up of 23 acres with 54 historic buildings, including business and residential buildings. Visitors are welcome to tour the original historic buildings. Some buildings are original from the site; other buildings have been moved to Cowtown to preserve the history. Visitors will see a blacksmith shop, printing press, grain elevator and scale house, general store, meat market, saloon, and more. Residential homes include Murdock house, story-and-a-half, Presbyterian Church, Hodge house, farms, barns, and more.
All the buildings feature permanent collections and plenty of artifacts. These artifacts include old furnishings, tools, art, farm equipment, and more. All items date back to between 1865 and 1880. Touring the town will give you the experience of the era. Visitors will see how the town went from Frontier settlements to cattle towns to agriculture to manufactory business. Cowtown participates in educational programs for schools, scouts, summer programs, and more.
Cowtown hosts daily, monthly, and yearly activities. The daily activities include mock gunfights on Main street, printing press, and blacksmith demonstrations. Gunfights occur at noon and 3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. Guided tours are available from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors can expect to spend about two hours here. Sunscreen and good walking shoes are highly recommended. Food can be purchased at the saloon and gift shop (S.G. Bastian and Sons Mercantile). Souvenirs, collectible vintage items, old-fashion soda, and candy are available for purchase. Come and see this museum the next time you're driving through Kansas.