Old Cowtown Museum - Wichita, Kansas
Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas is a living history museum recreating a plains cattle town of the 1870s. There are about 40 old buildings that have been moved to this location.
The buildings and their exhibits are interesting, but not much different from similar museums across Kansas. What can make Old Cowtown stand out is the reenactors and events which vary with the season and day to day.
The first time we visited Old Cowtown was in November and the friendly cashiers told us about interesting activities that would be taking place in the community. However we saw few reenactors and only one of the activities that we had been told would be taking place.
That visit, the most interesting things were the recreation of the old Wichita Eagle newspaper office where there was a man in period clothes who told us some of its history, the blacksmith shop which had a man at work, and the grain elevator.
Our second visit was on a Sunday afternoon in July and there were many more reenactors and much more to see. In the two hours we were at the museum, We saw a Flamenco show, a can-can show put on by the Delano Dollies, and a gunfight with a cast of at least 16.
the programs and their times are constantly changing, so it would be wise
to call the museum in advance to find out what is happening the day you
plan to visit, so you can schedule the time you will be there to coincide
with what interests you. You may also wish to schedule your visit during
one of the events, such as National Day of the Cowboy or Victorian Christmas.
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