The Wichita area has a rich history that includes cattle drives, Native Americans, and aviation manufacturing. If you'd like to learn about some of the area's history, you'll find several museums and other stops, including an old-fashioned sandwich and soda shop, that are well worth a visit.
Our real estate agents suggest stepping into the past at these Wichita destinations.
- Old Mill Tasty Shop – 604 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202
Although it may not seem like a traditional historic destination, the Old Mill Tasty Shop has been serving hungry and thirsty customers since 1932. The atmosphere is friendly, and some customers make the Tasty Shop a daily habit. Take a break and order a soda that's still made the old-fashioned way, or try a malt, shake, or float. If you'd like to make a meal of it, order the daily blue-plate special, or choose a sandwich like peanut butter, banana, and honey.
- Kansas Aviation Museum – 3350 George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS 67210
Located in the Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal Building, the Kansas Aviation Museum is a popular destination for history as well as aviation buffs. You'll be able to see a world-class collection of aircraft and aircraft engines, and on the museum's special Play on a Plane day, adults and kids can walk through some of the outdoor planes, including the KC-135 and Boeing 737. The museum also has a large archive of photos, books, and other items as well as plenty of aviation memorabilia.
- Mid-America All-Indian Museum – 650 N. Seneca, Wichita, KS 67203
The Mid-America All-Indian Museum aims to preserve and educate visitors about the culture of Native Americans. It exhibits artwork from American Indians, rotating items from its 3,000-piece collection, and includes interactive displays and videos to help explain more about the history and artwork. You'll also find a gallery of nations at the museum, as well as traditional artifacts and a gift shop with authentic items. If you're visiting the museum, make sure to stop by The Keeper, a 44-foot-tall statue located on the nearby Plaza. The Plaza has plants such as medicinal herbs and yucca and has areas that highlight customs and traditions of the Plains Indians.
- Historic Delano District – on the west bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita
The Historic Delano District is one of Wichita's oldest neighborhoods, and it's a great place to shop, dine, visit art galleries, and learn about the area's history. You'll be able to see public art that celebrates the area's Chisholm Trail history and make sure to stop by the Clock Tower. It was inspired by the Turner Opera House of 1879 and has four panels, each of which depicts an element of the area's history.
- Old Cowtown Museum – 1865 Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
To feel like you're stepping back into a world from 1865 to 1880, visit the Old Cowtown Museum. The living history museum traces Wichita's rich history and transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. It has 54 buildings located on a dirt road (27 of which are original and have been relocated to the grounds) including the City Eagle Print Shop, First Presbyterian Church, and jail. You'll be able to see artifacts from Cowtown's 10,000-piece permanent collection, including textiles, art, furniture, and much more.
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