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Topeka

Kansas Museum of History

The remarkable sculpture outside the spacious premises of the Kansas Museum of History kind of augurs the interesting exhibits inside the museum. The museum measuring 30,000 square feet has galleries devoted to Native American history, the founding and settling of Kansas, history of Kansas politics, African-American history in the state and the Civil War. You have here a steam locomotive, a Southern Cheyenne teepee, one of the largest collections of prairie memorabilia in the U.S. and a hands-on children`s area. The museum founded in 1875 by the Kansas Historical Society used to be earlier housed inside the State Capitol. Coming into its own it now is dedicated to collecting, preserving, promoting and educating the public about the state`s historical and cultural history from the prehistoric to the modern times. The museum`s notable collections include a 1950s diner, the Westward Movement, the Bleeding Kansas incident, and Carrie A. Nation`s hammer. The well designed exhibits are informative and in some detail regarding the history of Kansas.