From a horse drawn steam pumper fire engine to police badges and military patches, the collection holdings at the Wyandotte County Museum are vast and varied. The history of Wyandotte County can be viewed in our artifacts highlighted in our permanent exhibition spaces. Our oldest artifacts belong to the Trowbridge collection, originating from the Hopewell culture, over 3000 years ago. We have a vast collection of Native American artifacts as well as county items from individuals, businesses and organizations.
In addition to objects, there is an immense collection of historic photographs, books, journals and other archival materials in the Barton P. Cohen Research Library.
The Wyandotte County Museum recently updated to a new database system for our collection records. The museum is currently using crowdsourcing volunteers to type all our paper records. Museum staff is working diligently to check and upload these records to our new database system. Eventually we will have a publicly searchable platform for our collections, but for the short term we are making finding aids available.
The museum has holdings of over 75,000 artifacts and as is customary with museums, most artifacts are stored for preservation. If you are interested in donating a Wyandotte County artifact to the museum, please contact staff prior to delivery to ensure that it fits within our collecting mission. You can also share your family story here.