Old Cowtown Museum
Old Cowtown is a living history museum with fifty-four historic and refashioned buildings that work to recreate a Central Plains cattle town in the late 19th century. Cowtown’s unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town, as well as its subsequent transformation to an agricultural center and manufacturing city. Costumed staff portray buffalo hunters, traders, cowboys, blacksmiths, carpenters, and farmers. Guests can tour authentic and recreated stores, depots, banks, grain elevators, barns, saloons, newspaper shops, and much more. Children will especially enjoy the DeVore Farm, which features a working farm with machinery from the 1880s.
Backstory and Context
Said to be an area frozen in the years of 1865-1880, the Old Cowtown Museum is open to all guests interested in history. Working directly with the city of Wichita, the museum houses over 10,000 pieces of American history, ranging from textiles, tools, art, and more. Cowtown has the distinction of being officially recognized by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum in the United States.