TOPEKA — The Kansas Historical Society announced that the Kansas Museum of History will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day Saturday, September 25. Sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from Smithsonian.com. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day venues emulate the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities.
Attendees must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. The Museum Day Admission Card can be found in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine or can be downloaded at Smithsonian.com.
More than 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in last year’s Museum Day. “We’re proud to once again be part of this program,” said Museum Assistant Director Rebecca Martin. “It allows us to fulfill our mission by helping Kansans make a personal connection to their state’s heritage.”
The Museum currently features Cars: The Need for Speed in its Special Exhibits Gallery. This exhibit explores the history of racing in Kansas and the importance of car culture in the state’s history. Exhibit highlights include racecars, uniforms belonging to Kansas racers, and car-related memorabilia. Main Gallery highlights include a Cheyenne tipi, fully stocked covered wagon, 1880s steam locomotive, and 1950s diner.
The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, near the I-70 exit at Wanamaker Road.
Hours are: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students.
Group rates are available with prior notice. KSHS, Inc., members, current military, and children five and under admitted free.