We strive to identify, collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate material and information pertaining to Wyandotte County history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating and assisting in the preservation of the heritage of this county.
2020 Temporary Exhibits
Due to Covid-19 these exhibit dates are subject to change, please check back

Music is My First Love
December 1, 2019 - February 22, 2020
This exhibit documents the Lupe M. Gonz├ílez story through photographs, newspaper articles, and musical memorabilia. The exhibit’s themes focus on Lupe’s strong family and musical origins; his own musical development; the “life and times” of the Lupe M. Gonz├ílez Orchestra, and Lupe’s contributions to the community.

Look Up: A Fascinating Look at the Architecture in Wyandotte County or PDF Version
March 13 - August 1, 2020

Look Up is an inspirational exhibit designed to make you want to appreciate all the community’s great architectural history.   So often we drive by historic buildings never take the time to look up. This exhibit will inspire you to stop and appreciate Wyandotte County’s unique architectural features. Complete the architecture scavenger hunt to win prizes!

Images of Industry
Images of Industry illustrate the county’s rich industrial heritage through photographs of laborers and industrial sites.  This exhibit will take visitors on a journey from the earliest days of the packing houses through industries of today.
Buried History

Buried History will highlight some of the county’s lesser known cemetery history including famous locals’ burials, symbolism on gravestone markers and forgotten county cemeteries.

Named for Harry Trowbridge, the founding curator/director of the Wyandotte County Museum in 1955, this gallery showcases his archaeological collections of Native American artifacts. Many of these Hopewell artifacts were discovered in the vicinity of 61st Street and Leavenworth Road, which is now a listed archaeological site on both the Register of Historic Kansas Sites and National Register of Historic Places, 14WY1.

The Barker Gallery looks at the stories of the three immigrant tribes of Wyandotte County; The Shawnee, Delaware and the Wyandot. In the 19th century, these immigrant tribes migrated to the area of present-day Wyandotte County. Highlights of the museum collection on display are a mid-1800s dug-out canoe, the Conley Sisters double-barrel shotgun and the tool chest belonging to James Parr, the first mayor of Wyandotte City (predecessor of Kansas City, KS).

The East Gallery highlights the four Townships of Wyandotte County that were established in the mid-1800s; Wyandotte Township, Quindaro Township, Shawnee Township and Prairie/Delaware Township. The gallery also includes a Kansas City Kansas Fire Department display, artifacts from the World War II NAA-K B25 bomber plant in Fairfax, and a sign form the School of Nursing.

In addition to the museum displays, the galleries have been updated to include hands-on educational stations for kids of all ages!