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Exploring Our Only Home

Encounter Kansas and its people, places and environments

  • Examine the inner workings of a natural water source in the NEW aquifer element! (Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.)
  • Touch a real mammoth tusk.
  • Step into a 20-foot tall tornado or dare to enter our tornado simulator and experience an EF1 tornado!
  • Engage in water play that illustrates dams, erosion and deltas.

The stream table is currently closed for improvements.

Included with general museum admission, free for members.


Explore Kansas
Opens Saturday, April 22

Experience a new exhibit name and elements for this area that focus on our state’s land, water, weather and the life it supports, both past and present.

Encounter bison and throw chips into a simulated fire. In the new storm chaser vehicle, discover how weather instruments work – measure speed, humidity, storm direction and more. In the new aquifer, determine your personal water use and learn ideas for steps to conserve this precious resource.

Special Opening Day Activities

Here's just a sampling of what you can do with some of our community partners:

  • Build your own pair of wings with the Sierra Club of Kanas and learn about our honey-making bee friends with Brit Hopper.
  • Strap on your own hard hat to explore a Permian salt playground with Strataca museum staff members.
  • Try your hand at spinning wool from real hair with local artisan Alicia Thomas.
  • Learn how local veterinarians work on big and small animals across the state and encounter sonograms with the Rose Hill Clinic.

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