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Smoky Hill Museum, Salina

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The Smoky Hill Museum explores history in unexpected ways with interactive fun around every corner. It’s a big-city museum in a small package intentionally designed to make kids eager to stay longer and adults want to come back for more.

Nationally accredited since 1997, the Smoky Hill Museum is a hands-on, minds-on museum. Exhibits and programs are drawn from the countless stories of the Salina area and over 30,000 artifacts in the Museum’s collections. Town founders began collecting artifacts in 1879 and that tradition continues today, with donations from everyday citizens coming in regularly.

Special exhibits are custom-built every six months by the Museum’s trained professionals. Even the so called “permanent” galleries have artifacts rotating in and out, to keep things fresh.

Programming happens year round starting with Kansas’ birthday celebration in January. The ever popular First Thursday lecture programs are often standing room only and happen throughout the year. The biggest event of the year is the Street Fair on the fourth Saturday in September, featuring historic demonstrators, live music and more. Of course groups can also book tours and special programs Monday through Saturday of almost any week.
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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.....  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 »
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  • 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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