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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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  • This is a great museum and has a little of everything from Dinosaurs to Presidents. Three floors of items and could easily spend several hours or days in the museum.  more »
  • I spent a couple of hours visiting this small museum in Wichita. It's three floors but only two really have much to see. I have never been to a museum with so many guns as exhibitions before, but the ...  more »
  • Interesting little spot in wichita's historic Old Town , located in the Central Business District, with artifacts and treasures from Kansas and around the world. There are several floors to this small...  more »
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  • I absolutely love the Museum of World Treasures. It's not too crowded and there's so many interactive displays. I love that photography is allowed as well. There's displays from many different eras and I love the variety. The gift shop at the end also has some pretty cool trinkets.
  • A very random museum. Not the best museum and not the worst. A lot of the exhibits could have been better organised to make the flow better. Information could have been displayed better and made in a more accessible way. Context for each archaeological period and historical period needs to be placed in and more information about mummification and the preservation process.
  • Not a bad museum not a great museum. Good for kids or an hour or two on a date. Pricing is fair. I wouldn't stay if it was crowded. Bathrooms are hard to find.
  • Very good information in WWI and WWII. Plus they have a piece of the Berlin Wall there!
  • So much to do and learn. The kids were entertained for hours.