This local history museum serves as both a library and a museum, with resources for genealogists as well as rotating exhibits that interpret and preserve the history of Manhattan and Riley County. Admission is free and the museum sponsors special events for all ages.
The museum dates back to 1914 with the incorporation of the Riley County Historical Society. Two years later, Manhattan's first museum opened when the Society built and dedicated the Pioneer Log Cabin in the city's main park. The Society operated a museum in that log cabin until 1957 when its collections moved to the city hall. In 1977, the Society opened the current facility-an effort that began as part of the city and county's celebration of the bicentennial.