Wichita was officially born July 21, 1870, which means the largest city in Kansas is just one year away from a sesquicentennial. Looking for ways to celebrate Wichita’s 149th birthday? Here are five fun options:
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is throwing the city’s birthday party. Bring a birthday card for the city and your group can earn free admission to Wichita’s 149th Birthday Party, 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. All four floors of the museum will be open with special tours, crafts, activities and refreshments.
- Visit Wichita’s oldest surviving structure, the 1868 Munger House, and many other historic buildings and artifacts at Old Cowtown Museum. The Munger House is one of 54 historic buildings, including 27 originals, that were relocated to the living history museum. Old Cowtown Museum is free on Sunday, July 21 and is open 12-5 p.m.
- Explore more local history by visiting one of our other history museums in Wichita.
- Spend time exploring the shops, restaurants and bars in the Historic Delano District, which had a key role in Wichita’s development. First it was an important cattle-shipping center on the Chisholm Trail and later, in the 1920s, the city’s first aviation companies operated here and helped shape Wichita into the Air Capital of the World.
- Take a photo in front of one of the murals that feature Wichita.
Visit our calendar of events for more options for things to do on our birthday weekend. Get out and celebrate 149 years of Wichita!