“Wichita is a strikingly beautiful city,” said Susie Santo, CEO and president of Visit Wichita.
“A city that was once home to cattle drives,
Wichita has risen out of the Old West dust,
with its contemporary art museums, revital-
ized downtown and surrounding areas and
distinctive landmarks, and shines as a lively
destination right in the heart of the U.S.”
Indeed, the museum scene in Wichita
is unparalleled, with a host of unusual op-
tions for groups. The Wichita Art Museum
is the largest art museum in the state, with
a focus on American art. The collection
ranges from Edward Hopper and Charles
Russell to glasswork master Dale Chihuly.
The museum can arrange programming
for corporate events or, for a special treat,
a private viewing of the museum’s permanent collection. Also available are five different spaces, from a boardroom to the Great
Hall, which can accommodate up to 200.
Planners can take their group back in
time to Kansas’ cowpoke days with an
event at the Old Cowtown Museum, where
the 1870s come alive with re-enactors,
songs from the Diamond W Wranglers and
even a chuckwagon supper. Attendees can
stop in at a saloon, see a gun fight or visit
the local blacksmith.
Fast forward to the Jayhawk State’s
contributions in early flight at the Kansas
Aviation Museum, which features plenty
of aircraft, exhibits and event spaces. Since
the museum is housed in the state’s first
airport terminal, small groups can even
dine in the former air control tower and get
an unbelievable view of Wichita.
There’s no shortage of unique and irresistible venues in Kansas. The
state is rich in history,
from the Wild West to the
wild blue yonder, and each
site has a story to tell.
From trendy neighborhoods
in bustling cities to the
untamed beauty of a
windswept prairie or a
shimmering lake, Kansas
is in a class all its own.
MUSEUM AT PRAIRIE FIRE, OVERLAND PARK
KANSAS SPEEDWAY, KANSAS CITY
OLD COWTOWN MUSEUM, WICHITA
WICHITA ART MUSEUM
The Sunflower State beckons with unique
venues that blend past and present