Until recently, the Scandia Museum shared this building with the library, but the museum now has the entire building.
The Scandia Museum celebrates the Scandinavian heritage of Scandia, Kansas, as well as having displays of farm machinery, tools, buggies, war mementos, and primitive tools. The museum also serves the community as a genealogy resource that is particularly useful to those trying to trace Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ancestors in Kansas.
But I think the part of the Scandia Museum most likely to impress visitors from outside Scandia is the art of the late Allen D. Larson. Wood carvings on exhibit by Allen D. Larson include a 12' long recreation of a train that was present at the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a 20 mule team, and two large dioramas.
Larson's "Wagon Train Attack" has 8557 hand made pieces including 2500 Native Americans, 2640 cavalry, 82 trees & cactus and 200 head dress feathers.
I believe that most visitors to Scandia will be satidfied with a 30-45 minute visit to the Scandia Museum.
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