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“Two different types of Exhibits, something for anyone”

Prairie Museum of Art & History
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Colby
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Owner description: This complex features sod houses which are open for touring.
Reviewed 24 October 2017

With this called the Prairie Museum, I figured it would be about the local land and economy, and sample buildings. It was that, but so much more==local sample bldgs., but also 17 tons of artifacts. == First, you can visit a 1930s farmhouse, school house, church, and huge (114 ft long x 48 feet high) barn. It is a self guided tour, and you can go inside each one and see all the gathered antiques, and read some history notes. The buildings are not too far apart, and there's a nice sidewalk. ==Inside the museum building is a mind-boggling display (21,500 square feet!) built in 1987 to display the collection of the Kuska family, which is appealing to anyone, and nothing to do with being in a Prarie. Now you may think, how can a button or coin or glass etc. collection be fascinating, or worth a stop. Well, you have to see it to believe it. The small items have drawers underneath them so that you can see more (eg, maybe 50 on display, and each drawer pulls out and has another 50 of a specific theme in them). I liked the glass collection (Venetian, Steuben, Tiffany etc). Cool toys of the past, incl. many metal ones. 1,000 dolls from all over the world. PLUS: furniture, ceramics, stamps, clocks, silver, jewelry, school spirit, military.== And a kids area to play with giant blocks. Kids will like it, and breeze thru the rooms. Adults, like me, who like to study intricate designs can spend several hours here. (There are fast food places to eat nearby. and dont be confused - the bldg. on the corner turnoff is an antique shop)

Thank ColoradoCat
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This museum was cool!! We were checking out what we could do on our way home from our vacation. We found a pamphlet in our hotel and said yes! We spent 3 hours here and only did the inside because a snow storm was coming and it was too cold to be outside. Recommend!

Thank CSIJWyman
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We enjoyed an afternoon at this museum. There are very interesting historical displays. Fine exhibits from a benefactor. There are out building you can go into. A church, an old home, and the largest barn in Kansas was moved to this site.

Thank tedy814
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by this museum. It was really a gem. With excellent displays inside the main building and several out buildings to visit, it was a great way to spend a couple of hours in Colby. A much larger community would be justifiable proud of this museum.

Thank rag714
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We stopped in Colby for the night in our RV. I saw the sign for the museum and was hooked. I love museums and my husband goes along to please me. We parked our RV and spent at least an hour in the museum. It was too warm to do the outbuildings. We did the inside and talked with the volunteers. There is an excellent doll display and coin and button display. Everything was so well displayed. It must have taken a long time to put the areas together. It is not a big museum by any means but it was very enjoyable. They also have a room for genealogy research that you can use.

Thank Merridith
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