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Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

This award-winning museum tells the story of the people of Kansas. See the Santa Fe's oldest surviving locomotive, No. 132, from 1880. A. K. Longren's 1914 version of the plane in which he made the first successful flight of a Kansas-built plane in 1911. Named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas History. Shop the Museum Store for Kansas gifts.


  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Closed holidays


Admission for tour groups (10 or more)

  • Guided tour, student $4
  • Self-guided tour, student $2
  • Rural School Days (four-hour program, does not include museum admission) $5
  • Rural School Days (one-hour program, does not include museum admission) $2
  • Behind the scenes tour $15
  • Guided tour, adult group $8
  • Self-guided tour, adult group $7
  • Find more about Museum tours


Public transportation

  • Purple routes through Topeka Transit
  • Via #5 West 6th or #7 Huntoon, Social Security stop
  • Requires walking and service is limited

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Nature trail


  • Free parking and picnic areas
  • Playground
  • ADA accessible. Please notify us prior to your visit if you or a member of your party requires accommodation for special needs or disabilities.
  • Wheelchairs/strollers available
  • Discovery Place hands-on gallery $
    Hours: 1 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday; open mornings by appointment

Museum Store

  • Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Shop during visiting hours
  • Wide selection of Kansas gifts and books

History of site

Local travel links

Topeka Visitor Information

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

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