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Smoky Hill Museum, Salina

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Whether your destination or just passing through, the Smoky Hill Museum in Salina, Kansas, has much to offer. The history of the Smoky Hills region comes alive with experiences, tales, photographs and artifacts. Captivating exhibits, engaging activities,fascinating stories, and much more make this a must see museum. The museum is free & open to the public.

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum located at 8th and Iron in downtown Salina, Kansas. Open every

afternoon except Mondays and major holidays. On Saturdays, the museum opens early and on the first Thursday of every month, it stays open until 7 pm.

Newly renovated galleries tell the story of the Crossroads of the Heartland. Here you can run your fingers through the thick fur of a buffalo, go into a full-sized sod dugout, or be the historian at the battle of Indian Rock. Special exhibits allow for the display of some of the museum’s 24,000 artifacts. In addition, the museum offers a

variety of educational and public programming for both children and adults. Of course, no visit is complete without a visit to the Museum Store, which features local artwork, regional products, and gifts.

Although some visitors have been known to stay all afternoon, plan on spending an hour of your time to share Salina’s past. Please call 785-309-5776 if you need help planning your visit. Not enough time to stop by? Then visit the museum’s virtua exhibits at

Come share the past and envision the future at the Smoky Hill Museum.
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  • Stopped to seek information from the Genealogy Center on the 2nd floor. They were a huge help and helped us find information on family in KS in the 1900s. Museum and Gift shop feature Salina history a...  more »
  • I found it to be well organized and very interesting and it's right here in my home town. If you live here or travel here stop in and look around you won't be  more »
  • Lots of interesting exhibits for all ages. My Grands love to visit- other tornado simulators can cost $5! Please repair some things upstairs!
  • Great place to visit, local or out of town. Terrific staff and lots of hands on learning. Especially awesome for kids!

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