Cultural Tour of Wichita, Wichita (Self Guided)

Wichita is unique thanks to interesting attractions that represent its culture and history. You will enjoy visiting the remarkable museums and art centers with your friends or family. Take this tour guide to explore the most famous cultural and historical places of Wichita.
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Cultural Tour of Wichita Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Wichita
Guide Location: USA » Wichita (See other walking tours in Wichita)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Author: Dee
The Kansas African American Museum

1) The Kansas African American Museum

The Kansas African American Museum was established in 1917, in a former Old Calvary Baptist Church. Initially it was named the First National Black Historical Society but later they changed the named; since 1999 it is used as a museum. There are various paintings, sculptures and statues that represent African culture. There are also photographs and occasionally musicians that come to play live jazz and blues. You can visit the museum Tuesday to Friday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 pm.
City Arts

2) City Arts

City Arts is located next to Rock Island Studios on North Mead Street. It is an art center where people are able to admire beautiful exhibits representing local artists’ creativity and imagination. There are also art classes for children, teenagers and adults. People can learn everything about painting, pottery, glass blowing, digital photography and many other kinds of art. City Arts includes four galleries with permanent and changing exhibits.
Museum of World Treasures

3) Museum of World Treasures (must see)

The Museum of World Treasures is a world history museum. Among the many items on display are Tyrannosaurus, Daspletosaurus, and Tylosaurus specimens, 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.

The 1st floor of the museum focuses on fossils and ancient human history, as well as a room dedicated to geology. The 2nd floor of the museum focuses on military history, presidents, and royalty from around the world.The exhibits on the 3rd floor feature an ensemble of material from American history. In addition, the top floor of the museum also has a large banquet room that can be rented out for private functions.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

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Great Plains Transportation Museum

4) Great Plains Transportation Museum

The Great Plains Transportation Museum is interesting because of its attractive and old exhibits. The railroad museum offers a wide collection of locomotives and other parts that were used for trains. You can find here old steam-locomotives, diesel-locomotives and some new electric locomotives. There is also a gift shop where you can buy clothes, books, manufactured articles, toys and other railroad supplies. Visit the Great Plains Transportation Museum Saturdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center

5) Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center (must see)

The Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is located in one of the most distinctive buildings in Wichita, on the shore of the Arkansas River. It is the largest center for entertainment, consumer shows and meetings in Wichita and is home to four arts organizations - Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, and Music Theatre for Young People.This multi-functional facility is focused strictly on the arts. Visitors can choose from numerous different shows according to their own preferences; there are several halls designed for art exhibitions. A must see is the Wurlitzer organ from the Paramount Theatre (New York City), which is now installed at the The Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.
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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

6) Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (must see)

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the local history of Wichita and Sedgwick County, to the public.

The museum was established in 1939 as the Wichita Public Museum. Today the museum resides in the original City Hall building designed by William T. Proudfoot and George W. Bird in 1890. Exhibits are housed on four floors and are open to the public six days a week for a nominal admission fee. The museum is supported in part through city and county funding and through the support of its sizable membership base. The museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972.

The old Wichita City Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

7) Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of sports in the state of Kansas. The museum provides exhibits, archives, facilities, services, and activities to honor those individuals and teams whose achievements in sports brought distinction to themselves, to their communities and to the entire state of Kansas.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1961 as part of the Kansas Centennial Celebration. The 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) museum is not only a family attraction, it is also a facility for entertaining. The Hall can be used for special events, receptions, and conferences in a variety of settings.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

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Kansas Firefighters Museum

8) Kansas Firefighters Museum

The Kansas Firefighters Museum was established in 1909 and was created in memory of former firefighters. The museum offers an enormous, realistic collection of objects like hand-drawn hose reel, chemical extinguisher and so on. There are also models of fire trucks. You can buy a nice souvenir from the gift shop. Visit the Kansas Firefighters Museum Thursday to Saturday between 11:00 and 3:00 pm.

Walking Tours in Wichita, Kansas

Create Your Own Walk in Wichita

Create Your Own Walk in Wichita

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wichita is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Tour in Wichita

Architectural Tour in Wichita

Walking in downtown Wichita, you will observe various beautiful buildings that differ by their architectural style. There are unique buildings representing Victorian Renaissance, Art Deco, Second Renaissance Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque and other architectural styles. Take this tour to explore the beauty of the most important architectural buildings in Wichita.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In place since the days of Wild West, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. Industrial hub as it is, the city also hosts a number of large museums, theaters, parks, and entertainment venues, including Exploration Place, featuring hands-on science exhibits, Botanica themed gardens, comprising a wildflower meadow and a Chinese garden, and The Museum of World Treasures, to mention but a few. To find...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Wichita

Religious Buildings Tour in Wichita

Wichita is a beautiful sight in the state of Kansas. Its large territory is filled with different wonderful religious buildings that have retained their historical and architectural value as well. Take this tour to explore the oldest places of worship in Wichita.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
West Wichita Walk

West Wichita Walk

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas so it is very easy to find attractions in the different parts of the city. There are several famous and interesting museums, architectural and historical buildings, monuments and naturally wooded parks. Take this tour to explore the most attractive places in western Wichita.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Wichita for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Wichita has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Wichita, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.