Museums and Theaters in Kansas

Mennonite Settler Statue

Theater and opera houses

Century II Convention Hall in Wichita
The Century II Convention Hall in the city of Wichita is the venue for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Music Theater of Wichita, the Wichita Grand Opera and the Music Theater for Young People. The official name is Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. The Century II Convention Hall in Wichita was opened in 1969 and offers 2 stages, the Concert Hall with 2,197 seats and the Mary Jane Teall Theater with 650 seats. With an exhibition area of ​​approx. 19,000 m², the Century II Convention Hall is by far the largest facility for cultural offers.

Contact 225 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202

Brown Grand Theater in Concordia
The historic Brown Grand Theater in the city of Concordia dates from 1907 and is considered the most elegant theater between Kansas City and Denver. From 1925 to 1974 the Brown Grand Theater served as a cinema and was then restored to its original condition in 1980. If you’re in the area, don’t miss the Brown Grand Theater. The theater has been on the list of Historic Places since 1973.

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Contact 6509 Northwest 60th Street
West Mineral, Kansas 66782

Orpheum Theater in Wichita
The Orpheum Theater in the city of Wichita is a historic theater from 1922. The theater once offered space for 1,700 visitors, today it only has 1,281 seats. The interior of the theater is designed to evoke associations with an Andalusian garden. Nowadays, however, the Orpheum Theater is primarily a cinema.

Contact 200 N. Broadway
Wichita, Kansas 67202

Museums and exhibitions

Kansas History Museum in Topeka
The Kansas History Museum in the city of Topeka is the history museum of the state of Kansas. Accordingly, it deals with the history of Kansas. The museum was founded in 1875. The museum has an exhibition area of ​​approx. 2,800 m² and shows in its collection, among other things, objects by famous people of the state. For example, there are objects by John Brown, William Quantrill, George Armstrong Custer and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The museum also has the largest collection of flags from the civil war.

Contact 6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66615

Combat Air Museum near Topeka
The Combat Air Museum near the city of Topeka is a museum that deals with the history of aviation, or rather its military use. What is special is that the Combat Air Museum is located on an active airfield, the so-called Forbes Field, and its collection or exhibition is housed in two hangars.

Contact 6700 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas 66619

Wichita Art Museum
The Wichita Art Museum in the city of Wichita is an art museum from 1915. However, the museum was only opened in 1935. The museum is thematically limited to works of art by American artists. The collection includes works by Mary Cassatt, Arthur G. Dove, Thomas Eakins, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyshoi, John Marin, Paul Meltsner, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Charles Sheeler. The last significant expansion of the museum building took place in 2003 and the museum now has an area of ​​approximately 10,700 m².

Contact 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203

Kansas Aviation Museum at Wichita
The Kansas Aviation Museum near the city of Wichita is a museum of aviation history and was opened in 1991. The museum’s collection offers some very interesting types of aircraft. The museum is housed in the city’s former terminal.

Contact 3350 South George Washington Blvd
Wichita, Kansas 67210

Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence
The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art in the city of Lawrence was opened in 1928 and is part of the University of Kansas. The museum’s collection covers a very large area, ranging from ancient Egyptian sculptures to videos from the 21st century. However, the focus is on works from Europe from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Contact 1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center near the city of Wichita, more specifically in Hutchinson, is a space museum, one of the most famous in the world. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, or often just called the Cosmosphere, was founded in 1962, but as a planetarium. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center took the actual step towards the space museum in 1976 when it successfully applied to exhibit the objects of the Apollo mission. Today, the museum has an exhibition area of ​​approximately 9,500 m². Highlights of the collection include V1 and V2 rockets, a Sputnik-1, the Mercury capsule Liberty Bell 7, the command capsule of the Apollo 13 mission, the largest meteorite found in the USA, and an approx. 22 kg chunk Moon rock. It’s not part of space travel,

Contact 1100 North Plum
Hutchinson, Kansas 6750

Monuments and memorials

Big Brutus
Big Brutus is not a building or structure in the narrower sense, but with its size the second largest backhoe in the world leaves many a structure in the shade. The Big Brutus is more than an excavator, it is a monument. Big Brutus was in operation from 1963 to 1974 and has been a memorial since 1983. With a height of 49 m and a weight of approximately 4,990 tons, it is truly a colossus.

Contact 6509 Northwest 60th Street
West Mineral, Kansas 66782

Mennonite Settler Statue
The Mennonite Settler Statue is located in the city of Newton and is used to commemorate the Mennonite farmers and their wheat crops. The statue, designed by Max Nixon, was erected in 1942. Since 1998 the statue has been on the list of Historic Places.

Mennonite Settler Statue