One of the most anticipated openings among Wichita museums during the second quarter of 2018 isn’t simply a new exhibit, it’s an entirely new attraction and only the second of its kind in the U.S.

Field Station: Dinosaursis scheduled to open May 26 in Derby, with a grand opening VIP event on May 25. The dinosaur-themed park will feature 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, informative and interactive live shows, workshops, games, a challenge course and a miniature golf course. This outdoor museum combines art, puppetry and theatre while visitors take part in a scientific expedition.

With more than 30 museums in Wichita, there is always an amazing array of new exhibits to explore in the largest city in Kansas. All of our museums are affordable and several Wichita museums offer free admission, including the Ulrich Museum of Art and Mark Arts galleries (free daily), Old Cowtown Museum (free on Sundays from April-October) and the Wichita Art Museum (free on Saturdays).

Here’s a look at other new exhibitions that open during the second quarter of 2018:

Exploration Place 

  • “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey”is a national traveling exhibit included with general admission, May 26-Sept. 3. Take a bite out of your summer as you enter the incredible underwater world of sharks, the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.

Mark Arts

  • “Abstract National Exhibition” is a selection of 69 nonrepresentational works in a variety of media by artists from across the country, April 13-July 7.
  • “Congressional Art Award Exhibition” is a display of all artwork that meets the competition criteria from high school students in Kansas’ 4th District, April 20-May 12.The winning artwork will be framed and shipped to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for approximately one year along with other winners from around the country. 
  • “School of Creativity Exhibition Series” will display the sculpture, watercolor and pastel works of Mark Arts students, April 27-June 2.

Museum of World Treasures

  • The museum’s Small Stories case has been updated for the second quarter to focus on Dr. Don Jackson, a former Tuskegee Airman from Wichita. They have a variety of artifacts from Dr. Jackson, who recently passed away, on display and he is part of a video series we have in our WWII exhibit. 

The Kansas African American Museum

  • “Bring It On Home: Blues at The Kansas African American Museum” celebrates the blues, its history and legacy with photographs and interactive displays, May 12-Sept. 8.
  • “From Africa To Kansas: African Artifacts from TKAAM’s Permanent Collection” 
  • “Journey Through Kansas: Important Landmarks of African American History in Kansas”

Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University 

Wichita Art Museum

  • “Look, Don't Touch” presents work from the Wichita Art Museum that investigates both visual and physical texture, now through July 15.
  • “Charlotte Potter and April Surgent: Cameo Glass in Context” is a national loan exhibition showcasing two exceptional young artists who use the traditional technique of cameo-carved glass to address contemporary issues, June 9-Sept. 9.

Visit our blog post on new exhibits that opened in the first quarterto see what else might still be on display during your visit.