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Arts & Museums
A trip to the museum may seem a little uninteresting to some people, but a visit to the Heritage Center of Dickinson County is sure to make one re-think and re-look at such a prospect. Located in the quiet city of Abilene, this center is home to two museums, Historical Museum and the Telephone Museum, each detailing different aspects of the evolution of life in Dickinson County. Besides the museums, the center also comprises outdoor attractions like the historic 1901 Parker Carousel, on which you can even ride for USD2 per person! See the website or call to know more.
The home of the former president Dwight D . Eisenhower, this building complex houses the famous Eisenhower Presidential library and Museum. Constructed with locally available limestone, this complex is a visual stunner from the outside. The center portrays the life story of Eisenhower in attentive detail. The museum also has a wide variety of historical artifacts in display. Also exhibited at the Eisenhower Center are rare manuscripts and audiovisual materials related to this famous personality. There is a nominal admission fee to the museum and it is definitely a must-see.
The Kansas Museum of History is one of those museums which won't bore you or the children, for here is where you are actually transported back to the past. Right from riding in a real vintage train, to dining in a recreated 1950's style cafe, the interactive displays here will leave you spellbound. Kansas' war-torn and bloody past is well high-lighted in the highly educative installations. Field trips, nature trails and other educational programs are frequently organized so make sure to check up on those.
Opened in 1922 and located on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka is the prestigious Mulvane Art Museum. It encourages visitors to move beyond merely admiring art works on walls; you can actually create your own work in their ArtLab. Impressive outreach programs are designed for school students and art lovers who can participate in art fairs, discussions, classes and similar creative projects. Admission is free!
Great Overland Station was a full service train station which converted into a railroad museum in the 19th Century. This museum talks about the history of America and displays railroads, train engines from that period.
Museum of the Kansas National Guard is a museum dedicated to the brave soldiers. This museum showcases various weapons, artifacts, uniforms and more from the history. Spread across 11,000 square feet (1021.9334 square meters), this museum displays various arms and weaponry used by the state’s guardsmen.
Witness the history of aviation as you visit Combat Air Museum. This museum showcases more than 30 aircrafts right from the World War I to the present day. It displays many airplane engines and artifacts from the history of aviation. It is an active aviation ground and claims to have the second longest runway in the state.