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Historic House Museums in Kansas

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Kansas current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Kansas that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Abilene

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Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum

200 S.E. 4th Street
Abilene, KS  67410
Phone: (785) 263-6700

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $1
Hours: See their website

The boyhood home of President Eisenhower has been kept as it was in 1946.

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Seelye Mansion

1105 North Buckeye
Abilene, KS  67410
Phone: (785) 263-1084

Year Built: 1905
Admission Price: $10 adults; $7.50 groups; $5.00 6-16 years
Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00; Sunday 1:00 to 4:00

Fully furnished Georgian style built by A.B. (Doc)Seelye who made his fortune in patent medicines. 25 rooms, including a third floor ballroom and basement bowling alley. Furnishings purchased at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Excellent condition. Visitors are allowed to enter every room, play the Steinway piano, go bowling. Continuous tours.

Atchison

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Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

223 North Terrace Street
Atchison, KS  66002
Phone: (913) 367-4217

Year Built: 1861
Admission Price: Adults $4, Children $1
Hours: 9-4pm Mon-Fri, 10-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun

The wood-frame, Gothic Revival cottage is perched high on the west bank of theMissouri River. In 1873, Amelia's grandfather Judge Alfred Otis and grandmother Amelia Harres Otis added a brick Italianate addition to the rear of the home.

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Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum

805 N 5th St.
Atchison, KS  66002
Phone: (913) 367-3046

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Built in 1882, this 25 room mansion is distinguished by a three-story castle-like tower. The carriage house features a gift shop and a small theater showing a film on the architecture of Atchison.

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Muchnic Art Gallery

704 North Fourth Street
Atchison, KS  66002
Phone: (913) 367-4278

Year Built: 1885
Admission Price: Call
Hours: 1-5pm Sat-Sun, Wed

The Muchnic house, one of the most elegant of Atchison's stately Victorian mansions, was built in 1885. The 14-room, three story, brick residence was built by a lumber merchant, George W. Howell. It was purchased by H.E. Muchnic, founder of LFM (now Atchison Casting), in 1922 for $9,000. The house is now owned by The Muchnic Foundation, which has made it available to the community for use as a gallery and for related art functions. The Atchison Art Association is responsible for the management of the gallery.

Coffeyville

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Brown Mansion

South Walnut & Eldrige
Coffeyville, KS  67337
Phone: (620) 251-2550 • Toll Free: (800) 626-3357

Year Built: 1906
Admission Price: Adults $6, Children $3
Hours: Contact Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the beautiful home is situated in a commanding position atop a hill. Inviting first and second-story verandas grace the south and west sides. An ornate portico tops the porte cochere. These and other features have caused the home to be labeled the “Brown Mansion” ever since its completion in 1906.

Dodge City

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The Mueller-Schmidt House

112 Vine St.
Dodge City, KS 
Phone: () - • Toll Free: (800) 653-9378

Year Built: 1881
Admission Price: Call for price
Hours: Call for hours

The two and a half foot thick limestone walls make up this 1881 home. Rooms are furnished in period and displays include memorabilia of local pioneer women, antique clothes, and household items.

Goessel

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Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

200 N. Poplar
Goessel, KS  67053
Phone: (620) 367-8200

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for prices
Hours: Call for hours

The museum complex consists of eight buildings, including the Immigrant House and the Turkey Red Wheat Palace. Six historic buildings from the community have been moved to the museum for preservation and restoration.

Hillsboro

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Pioneer Mennonite Adobe House & Historical Museum

510 South Ash
Hillsboro, KS 
Phone: (620) 947-3775

Year Built: 1880
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Built by a Mennonite family around 1880, the home features adobe construction.

Kansas City

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Grinter Place

1420 South 78th Street
Kansas City, KS  66111
Phone: (913) 299-0373

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults $3, Students $1
Hours: 9:30-5pm Wed-Sat

Overlooking the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River, Grinter Place was the home to Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie, a Lenape (Delaware), helped to farm, raise poultry and livestock, and planted an apple orchard. Moses operated a ferry and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape Indians.

Leavenworth

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Carroll Mansion

1128 5th Ave
Leavenworth, KS  66048
Phone: (913) 682-7759

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3
Hours: See their website

John McCullough Foster came to Leavenworth, Kansas Territory in 1857, less than three years after the establishment of the town. Twenty-four year old Foster and his wife, Letitia, purchased Lots 8, 9, and 10 on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Middle Street from William and Abby Marshall for $900.00. A carpenter by trade, Foster built the original four-room frame house with a one-story rear kitchen wing on the property. Ten years later, in 1867, Foster added to the house creating a brick Italianate.

Manhattan

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Goodnow House

2309 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS  66502
Phone: (785) 565-6490

Year Built: 1860
Admission Price: Adults $2, Students $1
Hours: 9-5pm Tue-Fri, 2-5pm Sat-Sun

Built in the 1860s and furnished with many family belongings, the Goodnow house reflects domestic life in the late 1800s.

Marysville

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Koester House Museum

919 Broadway
Marysville, KS  66508
Phone: (785) 562-2417

Year Built: 1876
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

The Koester House Museum, nestled in the heart of downtown, is an excellent place to take a look at life in Marysville before the turn of the century. Still luxuriously furnished with the Koester belongings, including family portraits, clothing, toys and books, furniture and household items, the house is a rare gem, completed in 1876, renovated carefully since the 1970s, and opened to the public through the generosity of the Koester heirs, who made it a gift to the city of Marysville.

Medicine Lodge

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Carry A. Nation Home

211 W. Fowler Ave
Medicine Lodge, KS 
Phone: (316) 886-3417

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

The leader of the temperance movement at the turn of the century, Carry A. Nation is remembered here with a museum housed in her little gray stone house.

Topeka

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Ward Meade Historic Site

124 NW. Fillmore St.
Topeka, KS 
Phone: (785) 368-3888

Year Built: 1870
Admission Price: Call
Hours: Call

Over 2 acres of botanical gardens surround the circa 1870 home. The home is furnished with period pieces.

Wichita

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Old Cowtown Museum

1865 W. Museum Blvd
Wichita, KS  67203
Phone: (316) 219-1871

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

36 buildings dating from 1865 to 1885 comprise this museum, including the city's first permanent house. Many of the buildings are furnished with period artifacts.

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