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Brown Grand Theatre - Restored to its original 1907 splendor, the 650 seat Brown Grand Theatre now serves as a tourist attraction and performing arts / community center for Concordia and North Central Kansas. The theatre has two balconies, eight box seats, and features a grand drape, which is a reproduction of a Horace Vernet painting titled, 'Napoleon at Austerlitz.'

Manhattan Arts Center - Offers a theatre season of four productions. The galleries feature the works of local, regional and national artists and cover a wide spectrum of different art forms Also the finest in acoustic music in an intimate listening environment.

Salina Art Center - An exhibition gallery and art education center, the Salina Art Center also operates the Art Center Cinema.

Greyhound Hall of Fame - Located in Abilene, known as the Greyhound Capital of the nation, the Greyhound Hall of Fame offers the entire family a thorough and exciting introduction to the Greyhound, the sport, and its long and colorful history. The history of Greyhounds from 5,000 B.C., through its rich heritage in England and Ireland, to its racing development in America is presented in colorful displays.

Ottawa County Historical Museum - Official Boyhood Home of George Washington Carver. The museum features Pioneer, Native American and military artifacts. Exhibit about Gen. Custer, Sitting Bull, and local captives of Indians, dinosaur bones, Indian artifacts and more.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library & Museum - A five-building complex on 22 acres of land, located in Abilene, the hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Center features include a Museum, a Presidential Research Library, Eisenhower family home, and Place of Meditation where President and Mrs. Eisenhower are buried.

Nemaha County Historical Museum - Home in what was the The Nemaha County Jail and Sheriff's residence. This building had served as the Nemaha County Jail since it was constructed in 1879 and was the longest in use county Jail in Kansas.

Pony Express Museum - The Pony Express has huge appeal today, even though it operated for only 18 months. Riders changed horses every 12 to 15 miles, and rode 75 to 100 miles before turning the mail over to a fresh rider at one of the 40 or so "home stations" along the route.

Garden of Eden - Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher, Civil War Veteran, farmer and Populist politician, began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64. For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons (2,273 sacks) of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique 'log' cabin with its surrounding sculptures.

Kansas State University Gardens - A 12 acre horticulture display garden that is designed to show hardscape and tested ornamental plant material in different aesthetic settings.

Sunset Zoo - Sitting on 52 acres which are home to 11 species protected under the Species Survival Plan as well as many other rare animals. The zoo features the largest outdoor chimpanzee exhibit in Kansas.

Salina Community Theatre - The vision of the Salina Community Theatre is to become the preeminent provider of live theatre and theatre education between Topeka and Denver. To embrace the role of "the regional theatre for western Kansas: by making quality theatre available to as many adults and children as possible".

C.L. Hoover Opera House - After a 26 year hiatus, the former Junction City Opera House re-opened to the public on October 3, 2008. Historically the building has been used as an Opera House, a warehouse, a movie theatre, and once again today as a state of the art performing arts center.

McPherson County Old Mill Museum - Standing tall on the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the Old Mill Museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County, in particular, and other parts of central Kansas. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets materials related to this heritage with special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910.

Heritage Center of Dickinson County - This is a unique collection of two in-door museums, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Independent Telephony, that continues on out-the-back door where you will find a Pioneer Community with actual buildings from around the county and the Parker Carousel, a national landmark carousel. They are located in Abilene.

Beach Museum of Art - The Mission of the Museum of Art is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts among the University's students and faculty, the Manhattan community, and the citizens of the state and region. The Museum acquires, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits significant works of art, particularly those that reflect the cultural traditions of Mid-America.

Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum - The museum was founded by people involved in the farming industry who wanted to preserve not only the equipment & implements used in agriculture but the techniques involved as well.

Wonder Workshop Children's Museum - The goal is to develop self-reliant children, families, and community members through hands-on-activities and exhibits that instill a desire for life long learning, help recognize our cultural diversity, and foster creative potential.

Paul Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings - Paul Boyer lost a leg when he was 35 years old. He needed something to do, had always been mechanically creative, and started carving. For many years, he has made fascinating mechanical creations with tiny mechanisms to make them move.

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad - A non-profit organization offering public excursion train rides May through October, private charters and school tours April through December and season dinner trains and rail bus trips.

Rolling Hills Zoo - The Refuge is home to more than 80 species of animals, housed in spacious, naturalistic habitat settings. Among the Refuge residents are many animals that are rare or endangered in the wild, including chimpanzees, leopards, orangutans, white tigers, and two species of rhinos.

Konza Prairie Biological Station - A 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and operated as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. The station is dedicated to a three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education, and prairie conservation. Limited facilities for visitors are available.