Current Exhibits

The Museum's galleries and exhibits are a chronicle of who we are and where we've been, challenging newcomers and long-time residents to consider how they will leave their mark.

The 1960s Part II: Power to the People

1960s continues with Part II examining this tumultuous time in America with a focus on pop culture. Visitors will be greeted with what we will call the colorful side of American culture. Sports, entertainment, music, arts and literature, and fashion are not only reflected in the times but helped to serve as a platform for individuals looking to make a statement about the world around them. From the Beatles to Bond there will be a little of everything to spark your interest.

Special Thanks to Our 1960s Exhibit Sponsors

Coming Soon

With the emphasis on "curiosity," this inviting and playful space will offer a dynamic, sensory environment. Visitors will throw themselves into new surroundings, exploring through sight, feel and imagination. This new interactive children's area will feature a tot section alongside four primary themed spaces for youth ages three to 14: The World of Radio, Town Building, The Dirty '30s and Kansas Weather.

Crossroads of the Heartland

The Smoky Hills region lies at the crossroads of the heartland where abundant grasslands have long attracted grazing animals and migrating birds. In turn, for more than 12,000 years these animals and fertile lands have attracted humans to the area. In 1858, five men settled in this lush valley near a bend of the Smoky Hill River, as many humans had done before.

This is the Museum's primary exhibit. It will take you through the crossroads of the heartland where you will experience the people, places, and events that have left an indelible mark on the fabric of the Smoky Hills region, creating a crossroads of business, transportation, and social exchange in the heartland of America.

The Dugout is a full scale replica of Salina's first home. In 1858 William Phillips built his dugout along the banks of the Smoky Hill River.

Experience some of what life was like on the 1858 frontier. Imagine life in a one room sod dugout. Visit the Learning Tree to read books, complete the Seasons of the Smoky Hills Activity Pamphlet and test your knowledge of prairie animals.