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Old Cowtown Museum

Interpreting the history of Wichita and Sedgwick County, and life on the southern plains, circa 1865 to 1880.

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67203
Fax: 316.264.2937
316.219.1871
Today's Hours: 2:00PM - 9:00PM
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About Old Cowtown Museum

Located on 25 acres off the Chisholm Trail, Old Cowtown Museum is a unique, open-air living history museum which re-creates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. A thriving community all its own, Cowtown gives visitors a true taste of the myths, truths and romance of the “Old West” and America’s frontier.

Bring the family out for a day you'll never forget. What you can do at Cowtown:

  • Take covered-wagon rides.
  • Walk inside and around 39 buildings, 27 of which are actual, historic 19th Century buildings.
  • Be amazed by the museum's collection of artifacts on display.
  • Put on period costumes and take Old-Style Photos.
  • Visit the Snack Bar in the Saloon (don't forget to get a sarsparilla).
  • Watch gun-fight re-enactments on the dusty streets.
  • Interact with costumed interpretors who look like they just walked out of a history book.
  • Participate in kid's crafts.
  • Roam around Special Exhibits in the historic buildings.
  • Take home souveniers from Cowtown's unique gift shop, featuring locally made items.

As a nationally recognized and accredited living history site, Cowtown offers a unique experience every time you visit.

Rentals and Venue Space

Cowtown also offers the perfect setting for any rental need.  From a small get together in the Saloon, to an old fashioned wedding in the Church, to use of the entire Museum site, we have it all.  

Our Visitors Center can host elegant or rustic wedding receptions or corporate parties, as well.  The reception hall features a huge stone fireplace and two-story, wood-beamed ceiling with fantastic views over the Arkansas River.  Convenient, well-lit parking means your guests won't have to fight downtown nightlife and parking to get to your event.

Let us know how we can help you plan your next party or event!

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Old Cowtown Museum