The Smithsonian of Washington, D.C., New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History, and the Art Institute of Chicago—our beautiful country houses museums at every turn. But you don’t have to hop on a plane and jet across the country to get the culture, history, and knowledge that museums provide because Wichita has an abundance of galleries and exhibits in its backyard!
Excavated in 2005 from Harding County, South Dakota, Ivan is one of the largest T-Rex skeletons ever found. Not even fully grown, Ivan is the size of a mature T-Rex!
Transcend: Religious and Royal Art of Asia
An exploration of the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism across Asia, this exhibit takes a look at religious sculpture, art, and artifacts from a few Asian royal dynasties. Puzzles and ancient pieces create an ideal environment for learning about and enjoying history!
There are several other exhibits including Creating the Crown, Rotating Gallery, Romancing the West, Treasures from the Grave, and the Berlin Wall. It will be easy to make a day out of exploring the Museum of World Treasures!
Take in the beauty of creativity at one of the Museums on the River and bask in the stunning collections that WAM has assembled over the years.
Color Chart: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum
Red, Blue, Yellow, primary, secondary—we know all about colors. Or do we? This exhibit will make you take a second look at every color you see. From the spiritual and emotional power of color to the use of pigment to add life to the inanimate, Color Chart seeks to open your eyes to the hidden meanings of colors.
On display through December 3, 2017.
Storytelling: Highlights and Insights from the Wichita Art Museum Collection
Who was Mona Lisa? What possessed Dalí to create that dreamlike landscape of melted clocks? Have you ever wondered what the story behind the painting or sculpture in front of you is? Storytelling dives into the histories, mysteries, and tales behind the collection.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection, Catching Light: Selections from the WAM Burnstein Collection, Heritage of the West, and many more!
Another one of the Museums on the River, Botanica is home to all that is beautiful. Step into a fairytale in one of its many gardens or go on a quest for knowledge during one of the many events that Botanica hosts. If you managed to grab tickets for September 17, you’ll enjoy Bears: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns. This event will educate you on signs of animals, extinction, and wildlife. But it’s not just learning about the critters of the wild, this activity is a hands-on project of planting fall vegetables and learning about composting.
Be sure to make time for the other Museums on the River: Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Center, and the Old Cowtown Museum. You don’t want to miss these gems born along the Arkansas River.
Take a trip through history with the aide of nearly 70,000 artifacts throughout its multiple floors.
The Spirit of Wichita
Walk through the history of the wonderful city of Wichita from 1912 to 1939 and explore the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, WWI, and much more.
Affordable Elegance – Victorian Silver Plate
Surround yourself with an exquisite collection of elaborate silver plated service ware. A nationally recognized collection, these cherished belongings of the late 19th century will sweep you away into a different and elegant time.
Spend the afternoon at the Historical Museum and check out all of the other exhibits it has to offer!
Take some time to explore all of the other museums of Wichita as well, because there are many more than the ones listed above. There’s no telling what mysteries you will unlock as you explore these wonders!