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Family Childrens Theatre - Kansas' only festival stage complex, a one-of-a-kind educational, family entertainment/learning center where the children do the acting.

Orpheum Theater - Wichita's Center for Performing Arts, Concerts, Films, Dance and more! Opening on September 4, 1922, it was the first atmospheric theatre in the United States.

Carousel Skate Center - A fun and exciting skate center. Need some fun besides skating? How about video and redemption games? Games for all ages, and a prize center for all those tickets you'll earn.

Marion Historical Museum - The museum displays a wide variety of artifacts, keepsakes and memorabilia that tell the story of this area. The first families who settled in Marion Centre were the Billings, Griffith, and Schreves. 23 people came in 5 covered wagons in 1860 to establish homes on this frontier. Pictures, Bibles, and family keepsakes from these courageous folk are featured collections.

Lake Afton Observatory - Offers programs for the general public on weekend evenings throughout the year. The observatory offers a variety of exhibits and displays. You can make your own telescope, travel through the solar system on a scavenger hunt, or explore the properties of light. At other exhibits, you can see the universe in 3-D or touch a rock from space.

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center - World-class space museum featuring the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside of the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. The Cosmosphere's collections include the actual Apollo 13 command module 'Odyssey,' a flown Russian Vostok spacecraft, an SR-71 Blackbird and Chuck Yeager's flight jacket.

The Kansas Underground Salt Museum - Encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of awe-inspiring space below ground. An above-ground Visitor Center provides orientation and training for the subterranean experience, and guides are on hand to assist guests through the facility.

Museum of World Treasures - Experience treasures from around the world and through the ages at one of Wichita's top-rated attractions. Find your inner explorer_there's something for all to learn from the past.

Kansas Oil Museum - The leading museum dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in the state of Kansas. The museum celebrates the excitement associated with the development from the year 1860 to the present with particular emphasis on the El Dorado Field and its early history.

Great Plains Transportation Museum - Displays a wide assortment of railroad equipment. Cabooses of the CB&Q, Missouri Pacific, Union Pacific and former Santa Fe can be toured during museum operating hours.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains - A prairie garden, exists to educate people about the benefits of appreciating, preserving and utilizing native and adaptable plants. Trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowering perennials and annuals, native to Kansas are emphasized; also included are horticultural plants that are adaptable to the South Central Kansas environment.

Kauffman Museum - A tallgrass prairie reconstruction with over 15 species of grasses and more than 100 wildflower species. The museum is a historic farmstead with heritage flower and vegetable gardens around the 1875 Voth-Unruh-Fast House and the 1886 Ratzlaff Barn. Educational programming for the whole family and guided tours are also available.

McPherson Opera House - Saved from destruction in 1986 and is now a beautiful gathering place for entertainment. Come see what is playing!

Winfield Community Theatre - Began in 1967 as a creative outlet and an entertainment resource for Cowley County and continues that tradition of entertainment and creativity.

Ulrich Museum of Art - Since its founding in 1974, the museum has served as Wichita's premier venue for contemporary works by established and emerging artists of national and international significance. A lively schedule of provocative and challenging exhibitions is complemented by an important collection of 20th-century painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography, as well as works by 21st-century artists.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame - Preserving the history of sports for the state to serve as a source of education and inspiration to all generations. The mission is achieved through providing exhibits, archives, facilities, services and activities to honor those individuals and teams whose achievements in sports, have brought distinction to themselves, to their communities and to the state of Kansas.

Kansas Aviation Museum - As museums are the life, the culture, and the history of a community and its people, the Kansas Aviation Museum is a unique repository of aviation heritage.

Kingman County Museum - Housed in the old Kingman City Building. The building is a rectangular two-story Renaissance style structure. There are two fire trucks on display, along with a hand drawn hose cart in the room that originally housed the horses for the Hook and Ladder Fire Department. Other displays consist of period furniture and a large mural.

Exploration Place - Four hands-on exhibit areas about flight; health and human life; people, places and environments of Kansas; and imaginative spaces for children. Plus three interactive theaters: Simulation Center theater seats move with action on 17 x 25 screen; CyberDome Theater take part in show using keypad mounted in theater seat armrest; Presentation Theater Original, live performances.

Kansas Kids More Than A Museum - Family Hands-on Fun in the fields of Earth Science, Creative Learning, Life Skills Play & Much More! A fun and safe place for children to share, see, touch, and truly experience their place in the world around them.

Sedgwick County Zoo - The 247-acre Zoo opened in 1971 and has been ranked among the best zoos in the world. Displaying over 2,000 animals of 436 species, it is the number one tourist attraction in Kansas.

Wichita Art Museum - Home to a nationally-renowned permanent collection of American art. It is a collection that is especially strong in art from 1900 to 1950. The Museum also offers a variety of programs, activities and events throughout the year.

Mennonite Heritage Museum - Dedicated in 1974, the museum was erected as a living tribute to the forefathers of the Goessel community who settled this area. It tells the story of the Mennonite families who left Russia for religious freedom in 1874 and chose the Kansas plains for their new home.

Coutts Memorial Museum of Art - A fine art gallery with over a thousand art objects by such artists as Renoir, Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Reno County Museum - Opened in 1986, the Museum houses five interpretive exhibit galleries with exhibits that change regularly, two hands-on children's galleries, a research library, an 1870s claim house, and gift shop.

Botanica-The Wichita Gardens - Enjoy themed gardens such as the Butterfly Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Rose and Wildflower Garden and the new Sensory Garden. Visit Botanica's Butterfly House and stroll among hundreds of free-flight butterflies.

Great Plains Nature Center - A new nature education facility located in northeast Wichita. The Center provides opportunities to the public to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and plant species, of the Great Plains Region.

Old Cowtown Museum - A unique, 17 acre open-air living history museum which recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880.