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Museum of World Treasures, Wichita

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4.3/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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 the most unusual museum I've ever been to. It's full of disconnected exhibits that don't really have a common theme - for example, when you finish exploring the four or five dinosaur skeletons...  read more »
  • This is one of those local museums in the heart of downtown you always drive by and say to yourself, hey I should go there. One day my mom and I finally did and it was not a disappointment. They have ...  read more »
  • I had never been to this museum and coming from NY I expected it to be a little "small town." What a surprise! The exhibits go from Egyptian, through ancient Arab, through the wars and much more. The ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Took my son and Girlfriend here last minute, havent been to many museums, but by far our favorite one thus far, they defiently got a lil of everything , prehistoric , ancients Greece , mummy tombs, civil war to war world 3 & more!, even a kid play section we may have had a lil to much fun in . Defiently learned a lot! Coming back!
  • A very good collection full of really cool stuff. They have a lot of very informative stuff assembled in timelines, like the Roman Emperors, the Presidents, and both World Wars. I spent about 3 hours there by myself.
  • Great staff, scavenger hunt for children with a prize at the end. Full of great artifacts and I like the setup
  • Way better than I was expecting, but a bit random. Sure it was all sorted, but this was the most "general" museum I've ever seen. Cool stuff though. Ali's trunks and gloves!
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