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Museum of World Treasures, Wichita
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The Museum of World Treasures is a world history museum in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Among the many items on display are Tyrannosaurus, Daspletosaurus, and Tylosaurus specimens (Including "Ivan the T. rex"), Egyptian mummies, signatures of all the American presidents, a section of the Berlin Wall, and the Scarecrow's pitchfork from The Wizard of Oz. The Museum of World Treasures is not limited to a particular aspect of history, but has opted to display an extremely diverse collection representing many different fields of interest and a wide range of subjects. This museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, but is not accredited by the organization.HistoryThe museum first opened as the Museum of Ancient Treasures on April 22, 2001, at the Garvey Building in Downtown Wichita. The bulk of the exhibits were originally from the collection of the Museum's founder, Dr. Jon Kardatzke. As the Museum of Ancient Treasures began to attract more visitors, it also asserted its dedication to serving and educating the community of Wichita. In the process, the Museum began to attract more lifetime collectors that shared Kardatzke's passion for history; realizing the scope and aim of the Museum, the collectors were honored to display their collection in the Museum. In less than a year, the size and diversity of the Museum's collection had changed. It now consisted of over thirty individual private collections and spanned numerous significant events and cultures from prehistory to the present. Spurred by the purchase of three complete fossil dinosaur skeletons, the Museum was forced to look for a larger space to exhibit its vast and growing collection. The Museum relocated to the "Farm and Art Market" in Old Town, Wichita in 2003 and was renamed The Museum of World Treasures. The new building is a reconstructed three story warehouse that was completely renovated to house the expansive museum collection. There are now over 300 collectors who have their items on display at the museum. The museum owns approximately 75% of the artifacts.
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  • I went with my son on his school trip! I think I had more fun than the kids. It was just so neat to see all of the world treasures they had inside. I had no idea. I loved it would definitely recommend...  more »
  • Very interesting museum which some unusual artifacts. This museum is located in a revitalized area of downtown Wichita and is close to all the other museums. Is close to many restaurants. This museum ...  more »
  • This was such a nice surprise this museum was right across from our hotel. We were there for a couple hours wandering through seeing all kinds of interesting treasures. Very well put together for the ...  more »
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  • It was our family's first time visiting this museum & we loved it! We got in free because it was The Smithsonian Live Day, all we had to do was download some tickets online. There were so many interesting things to see & learn. I especially like the prehistoric periods & the ancient Egyptian periods. Our family would definitely come back again to visit!
  • Great museum with artifacts from all different eras and parts of the world. If you are a history buff, then you need to visit this museum. 3 full floors of exhibits, a rotating display, one of the most complete t-rex skeletons in the world discovered here in Kansas, and a piece of the Berlin Wall are just a few of the reasons to visit this amazing place.
  • Managed to go on customer appreciation day. Tickets were only $3 for adults. For that price I think it was worth it. It's a great place to take your kids but not an overly entertaining place for adults. The staff was friendly and informative. The gift shop is something to be desired.
  • Very incredible artifacts and collection. Early known language writing artifacts and going through different religions and eras. Incredible place to go. About 9 dollars for adults.
  • One of Wichita's "hidden gems' What a great way to spend a few hours. Top notch exhibits and the staff is more then willing to explain and share their expertise and knowledge of the exhibits. We took are twins and they had a blast. We are already planning our next visit to the museum!