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3/16/2016 - Smoky Hill Museum’s Children’s Area to Close for Renovation


General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)

Smoky Hill Museum’s Children’s Area to Close for Renovation

The Smoky Hill Museum announces that its children’s area, known as One Keeper’s Place, will be closed for renovation starting March 29. Built with funding through the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum, One Keeper’s Place has been an inviting, fun place to play and learn about Salina’s history for 25 years. Many people hold fond memories of their youth solving history mysteries or playing a game of checkers in the area. The public is invited to come visit the area one last time before it closes. Construction will begin in early April and will last through the fall. The rest of the Museum galleries and store will remain open to the public during this time including a special exhibit on 1960s pop culture, The 1960s Part II: Power to the People.
The redesign will increase existing space by expanding into a back room and adding a loft with a wheelchair lift. With the emphasis on “curiosity,” this inviting and playful space, to be known as The Curiosity Shop, will feature a toddler section alongside four primary themed spaces for youth ages 3 to 14: The World of Radio, Town Building, The Dirty '30s and Kansas Weather.
To keep up to date with the construction, be sure to like the Museum’s Facebook page,, as pictures and updates will be posted on a regular basis.
The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.