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There is always something to see and do at the Smoky Hill Museum with our great hands-on exhibits, children's area and scavenger hunts. We do, however, also have several signature programs and events.

For the most current and up-to-date information, please see our event calendar.

Next Upcoming Program

Immigration in Kansas, A First Thursday Program

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The story of Kansas has largely been a story of immigration. Join Matthew Sanderson as he explores the history of Kansas immigration. He’ll compare past and current trends, and look at the benefits and challenges communities face when new people move in. Sanderson will also discuss how new cultures become part of their community as well as the impact they have on that community. Sanderson is an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University.

This free presentation is presented by the Smoky Hill Museum, Thursday, August 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Programs and Events

  • First Thursdays

    Each month on the first Thursday, the Museum joins with other cultural venues, art galleries and downtown stores to stay open late. Most months the Museum has special, free presentations on a variety of topics.

  • Each year around January 29, celebrate Kansas's birthday at the Museum. All week long third grade classes from across the city and around the area get a taste of pioneer life through activities and demonstrations. Then on the following Saturday, the whole family can enjoy making butter, shelling corn, making crafts, eating delicious birthday cake and more at the Kansas Day Open House.

  • Dust Bowl Days

    Stop by the Museum's installation of the Dust Bowl Days mini-golf course at the Smoky Hill River Festival and play a few rounds on the second full weekend of June.

  • Street Fair

    On the fourth Saturday in September, the Museum celebrates the history and heritage of the Smoky Hills region with a downtown parade, historic demonstrators, entertainment, food and special activities for kids of all ages. Admission Free.

Street Fair activity