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Historical Experiences

Field Station: Dinosaurs | Old Cowtown Museum | Keeper of the Plains | B-29 Doc Hangar & Education Center

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs After Dark

It sounds a little spooky, but walk among 40 animatronic dinosaurs and learn about prehistoric times after dark at Field Station: Dinosaurs. 

Cost: Pay your age (ages 2-14); Adults $15 (ages 15+)
Time: Seasonal (usually in October)
Description: This mystery expedition is open to 120 people a night as you explore Field Station: Dinosaurs with fearless dino wranglers leading you on a Tyrannosaurus rex hunt. It’s a spooky night full of fun, songs, shows, games and s’mores!

Old Cowtown Museum

Boom or Bust, Taking a Chance on Wichita

Transport yourself back to 1860s Wichita for a unique living history museum experience all in itself. 

Cost: $25 per person (10 people minimum)
Time: Reservations required – experience takes 90 minutes
Description: Old Cowtown Museum offers live gunfights, historically accurate characters, Civil War reenactments and access to old buildings with a Wild West field. This authentic experience includes an encounter with three of the city’s earliest residents who talk about their life on the Plains.

Keeper of the Plains

Stop by the pride of our city and experience the majestic Keeper of the Plains sculpture looking over the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers. 

Cost: Free
Time: Open 24 hours; Ring of Fire 7 p.m. (Nov. 1-March 7), 9 p.m. (March 8-Oct. 31) 
Description: The 44-foot-tall sculpture built by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin overlooks the city, reminding Wichita of its tie to the Plains Indians. Experience the sacred ceremony of the Ring of Fire, bringing together the forces of earth, air, water and fire (weather permitting). Explore the Keeper of the Plains Plaza to learn about Native culture and head inside to the Mid-America All-Indian Museum for more Native art and history.

B-29 Doc Hangar & Education Center

Wichita is home to one of only two airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress aircraft and you can learn all about it.

Cost: $10 per person (additional $5 for cockpit access)
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (when Doc is not on Tour)
Description: See a piece of history – but be sure to check the calendar! B-29 Doc travels to air shows across the country, but makes its home in Wichita and you can often find it nestled in its hangar. This particular B-29 Superfortress was found abandoned in the Mojave Desert, but it has since been restored by people who understand its importance to aviation history. 

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