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Gordon Parks Museum, Fort Scott

#109 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity, since its establishment in 2004, has hosted speakers and artists from all over the United States and has featured programs throughout the year that have inspired and educated our students and community.

The Center serves as the organizing entity for educational and cultural programs and events that highlight the life, achievements and philosophies of Fort Scott’s native son Gordon Parks.

The Museum is located in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center and contains memorabilia from Parks’ apartment, many of his collections, and 30 photographs donated by Mr. Parks.

Gordon Parks, who died in March of 2006 at the age of 93, will be remembered for his photography, his films, books, poetry, and music. His legacy is far reaching, and he will be remembered as an icon and a pioneer.

REGULAR HOURS are Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm and other times by appointment.
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  • The woman at the Visitors’ Center recommended - and it did not disappoint. The docent couldn’t have been more engaging, and the displays were a great tribute to the struggles of non-majority persons....  more »
  • Even though the museum was rather small, the experience of taking in each framed photograph and understanding more of its story really helped me understand his contribution more. The poetry, his...  more »
  • Go. Learn. Experience! Mr. Sharon's running an awesome place!
  • I visit this museum a few times a year and find it amazing that such a jewel of history, education, and culture in our community is tucked away inconspicuously in the Ellis Fine Arts Center, across from the theater. I first entered the museum while I was a new FSCC student in 2013. I was early for English class one day and just decided to stop by and check it out. The relatively small museum is loaded with photos, exhibits, clothing, etc. from Gordon Parks' life, very nicely done for our little town. The curator, Jill, is friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, and happy to answer any questions. My kids' favorite feature is the creative area for children. Stocked with a variety of paper and art supplies, it is perfect for preschool to elementary-aged kids and will keep them busy while adults examine the exhibits and learn about the impressive life and career of Gordon Parks. The museum sponsors a number of special events every year, ranging from movie nights to photo contests to spoken poetry nights. It is part of what makes our community so supportive of the Arts. Highly recommended!

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