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Main Gallery - The Story of Kansas

From the earliest times to more current times, the Museum tells the story of our state's past. Discover the stories of native peoples, forts and trails, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War, settlement, trains and towns, 20th century, fast food, and recent past. These are just a few of the special items you'll want to see:   

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Special Exhibits Gallery

The special exhibits gallery features our current exhibit:

Photo Exhibit - World War I Inventions

Eisenhower's jacket at the Kansas Museum of History

Many things developed during World War I are now used every day by millions of people, for example, the wristwatch. Soldiers could easily check the time without removing their hands from their weapons. The metal guard was added to help prevent against damage. This wristwatch was owned by Kansan Lewis W. Arnold. Other World War I inventions:

  • Zipper
  • Kimberly-Clark Company created Kleenex

Hands-on gallery

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