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Kansas Day at the Museum - Tips for Visitors

We're glad you are interested in commemorating Kansas' birthday at the Kansas Museum of History.  Kansas Day is a busy day.  There is a lot for visitors to see and do.  Everyone attending will have an educational and entertaining time if we all work together.  We ask your help in making this the best Kansas Day yet!

Planning Your Kansas Day Visit:

  • We request that groups of 10 or more, or people needing accommodations, register two weeks or more in advance. This helps us prepare for the event. Complete the registration form and submit it by email, fax or mail. To fill it out electronically you will need to download it, fill in the information using a recent version of Acrobat Reader, and email it to kshs.education@ks.gov.
  • The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs.The Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities. Please share any accommodations you need when you register.
  • If you have registered and need to cancel your plans, please let us know ASAP by calling 785-272-8681, ext. 415 or by email at kshs.education@ks.gov
  • If you are interested in attending but don't enjoy crowds, we recommend that you visit in the afternoon when the crowd is traditionally smaller.
  • Admission to the museum is free on this day, but everyone attending must stop at the admission table whether they have registered in advance or not.  This allows us to get an accurate count of those attending and to pass out maps, free admission stickers, and other materials.
  • Lunch space is very limited on Kansas Day. Please read your Kansas Day emails carefully if you plan to eat at the museum. Lunch times will be scheduled for groups eating at the museum on Kansas Day. Your confirmation for this event will include the time you are scheduled to eat.

Before You Leave School:

  • Make sure each teacher has a copy of the information on this page and a map of the Kansas Day at the Museum event.  Ask him/her to review the materials ahead of time.
  • Plan to check-in your group at the admission table. Read the check-in information below ahead of time.
  • Label boxes that contain your lunches with the name of your school and teacher(s).
  • Bring plastic trash bags to store your coats in.  The museum does not have enough coat bins or coat racks to accommodate the volume of  Kansas Day visitors.  Please plan to leave your coats on the bus or bag them in labeled plastic bags and store them with your group's lunches.

When You Arrive:

  • Unload your bus at the Museum entrance.
  • Park buses in the designated bus parking zone along the south edge of the parking lot.
  • Please do not leave valuables unattended in vehicles.
  • Everyone needs to check in  at the admission table whether they have registered in advance or not.  You will receive maps and free admission stickers.
  • If your group is arriving together decide in advance who will check-in at the admission table.  That person needs to know the total number of adults and the total number of students in your group.  Other adults with your group should move the group to the side while they wait.  Museum staff will be on hand to assist you with this.
  • If your group is not arriving together, please make sure that everyone knows the name the group is registered under and that they need to check-in at the admission table.  Provide an adult and student count for only those people arriving with you.
  • Pass out the maps and stickers.  You will receive one admission sticker for each person, one map of the event for each adult, and one evaluation for each teacher.
  • The Mission building will be used as a lunch space.  This is the stone building near the parking lot.  Lunch times are scheduled and sent out with your confirmation. When you arrive take your lunches into the Mission using the east entrance.  Lunches will be stored on the first floor.

During Your Visit:

  • Restrooms are located next to the Museum classrooms and in the lobbies of the Museum and the State Archives.
  • No food, drink or chewing gum are allowed in the Museum galleries or Discovery Place.  These all have a tendency to leave a mess and attract pests that can destroy the artifacts on display.
  • Lunch space is limited.  Lunch times are scheduled and sent out with your confirmation.  At your scheduled lunch time move your lunches upstairs in the Mission.  An elevator is available for those unable to use the stairs.  Seating is on the floor.  A limited number of chairs will be available for people unable to sit on the floor.  Please make sure your group is seated accordingly. If the weather is nice consider eating on your bus if it is available.

During Performances:

  • Cell phones should be turned off.
  • We request that you not disrupt the performance by entering or exiting during a performance if at all possible.
  • Leave the aisles clear.
  • Seating is on the floor.  Some chairs are available for those unable to sit on the floor.
  • Please see a door monitor if you need assistance.

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