Kansas Meteorite Museum and Nature Center

 21255 Street K
Haviland, Kansas 67059
(620) 723-2318

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1-6PM
or by appointment  free!
 
Kansas Meteorite Museum Map

Kansas Meteorite Museum - Haviland, Kansas

Thousands of years ago, a meteor scattered several tons of meteorite fragments in the vicinity of Brenham, Kansas. The iron bearing fragments were found by Native Americans and pieces have been found as far away as Hopewell Indian mounds in Ohio. The iron in the meteorite was used to make ornaments and implements. 

Fragments were found by settlers in the 1880s and it was several years before it was discovered that they were from a meteor. But the Brenham Meteorite still didn't become famous until the 1920s when H.H. (Harvey Harlow) Nininger from McPherson College found a Haviland crater associated with this meteorite. 

More fragments of the Brenham Meteorite are found every year and more than three tons of fragments have been found to date. Although some large fragments have been found, most pieces are the size of a grapefruit or smaller. 

The Kansas Meteorite Museum is located within the region where the Brenham Meteorite is found, midway between Haviland and Greensburg, Kansas. The museum and gift shop occupy just one modest room, but when the owner, Don Stimpson started showing me exhibits and demonstrations, 90 minutes were gone before I knew it.

The museum includes a gift shop where a number of items are available, but the coolest items for sale are fragments of the Brenham Meteorite. They range from tiny fragments sold at 4/dollar, up to larger polished fragments that could even be jewelry.

The Kansas Meteorite Museum is a little known attraction that will thoroughly interest those who are interested in space or geology. Don and his wife, Dr. Sheila Knepper, can even arrange meteorite hunting expeditions.

To reach the Kansas Meteorite Museum, drive south from US-54 on 43 Avenue, 2 miles to K Street and travel a third of a mile east.

Brenham Meteorite fragments - Greensburg, Kansas
Brenham Meteorite fragments


Map showing where fragments of the Brenham Meteorite have been found and the location of the Kansas Meteorite Museum.. It was traveling
from west to east when it impacted the Kansas prairie. The larger fragments traveled farther and the largest ones have been found in the
east end of the impact area.

Cloud Chamber
Cloud Chamber where you can see the path of alpha particles or free electrons created by gamma rays
colliding with atoms in the chamber.

Don Stimpson and Brenham Meteorite fragment
Don Stimpson with a large Brenham Meteorite fragment which was found in May 2009

Dr. Sheila Knepper - Kansas Meteorite Museum
Dr. Sheila Knepper

Kansas Meteorite Museum Map - Haviland, Kansas
Kansas Meteorite Museum Map - follow the signs from US-54

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