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The Smoky Hill Museum is Kansas's oldest, nationally accredited, hands-on history museum. Each time you visit, you find interactive fun around every corner. See what we do.
The Smoky Hill Museum explores history in unexpected ways, with interactive fun around every corner. It’s a big-city museum in a small package intentionally designed to make kids eager to stay longer, and adults want to come back for more.
Kimberly: Great little museum! Visited with my boys, 8 and 6 while camping at Kanopolis. We spent 3 hrs here and only 3 because they were closing! The tornado exhibit is really cool and was enjoyed by all 3 of us. My 8 yr old loved the log cabin. Definitely recommend stopping if you're in the area!
The Smoky Hill Museum has an exciting announcement. The Friends of the Museum have a new partner, Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, located at 135 N Santa Fe. Thanks to this new partnership, Friends Members now receive 20% off food, beverages and books at Ad Astra (excludes gifts and consignment items.)
To celebrate this new partnership, you are invited to a special Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum Night at Ad Astra on May 22 from 7-8 pm. This event will introduce you to what it means to be a Friend of the Museum . There will be sweets and drinks plus, a special prize basket.
All Friends enjoy the following benefits:
• 20% off each food, beverage and book order at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House by showing your membership card (excludes gifts and consignment items);
• a one-time coupon for a 20% discount on any regularly priced item in the Museum Store;
• 10% off regularly priced merchandise in the Museum Store each time you show your membership card;
• special announcements and invitations to educational programs, activities and exhibit openings;
• a free subscription to the Heritage Express newsletter.
During World War II, there were hundreds of thousands of German prisoners of war to feed, house and guard. This job went to the well over 600 camps in 47 of the (then) 48 states. Kansas pulled her weight, with 16 camps. Join Lowell A. May, as he shares about the camps, their size, where they were, how they impacted local life as well as the men inside them. He’ll also touch on what became of some of the camps. May is an independent researcher, author, popular speaker and member of the POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society.
This presentation is offered by the Smoky Hill Museum, Thursday, June 1, 5:30-6:30p. Experience the panel in-person or register to watch it via Zoom. Register here.
Fire – entrancing, dangerous, mysterious fire. Its positive impact on our lives is felt daily. But its destructive powers make it a force to be reckoned with. Unchecked, fire leaves a path of destruction and a trail of evidence in its embers. Investigators study fires like a crime scene to discover the origin, cause and spread. What they learn often leads to improved fire safety policies and procedures.
In this exhibit, we look at some historic fires, both national and local. We will be the investigator more …
Check out the following:
• Check out past exhibits in the special Online Exhibits section.
• Access Exhibit handouts featuring such topics as the Indian Burial Pit and the Battle of Indian Rock.
• Like crosswords or word searches? Check out the Fun & Games page.
• Educators can enhance their lessons with free video presentations. Check out the topics available in the Educational Lending Library.
Special thanks go to our exhibit and case sponsors. The Museum is able to continue its strong exhibits and educational programming through their generosity. Interested in sponsoring an exhibit? Contact Susan Hawksworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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