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The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum is a unique educational institution devoted to the interpretation of the historic transportation route known as the Santa Fe Trail and the settlement era of central Kansas.

This regional museum and library preserves artifacts and manuscripts related to the blending of the major cultures along the Trail and enhances understanding of the continued development of the geographical area along the Trail.

The Santa Fe Trail Center museum’s collections contain over 35,000 historical, archival, and archeological artifacts. The museum collections are related to the Santa Fe Trail era, early Pawnee County, and settlement in the early 1900s.

The Santa Fe Trail Center is also the official repository for Pawnee County historical records and the Santa Fe Trail Association records.




  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. year round
  • Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
  • Admission Per Person

  • Adults - $6.00
  • Students (12-18) - $3.00
  • Children (6-11) - $2.00
  • Five and under - Free
  • School Tours 50% off
  • Free WiFi Service available in the lobby.

    2015 Business Memberships

    We could not provide Pawnee County the services we do without the help of our members. We particularly would like to Thank our Business members.

    American State Bank
    Carr Auction & Real Estate Inc
    Farmer's Bank & Trust, NA
    First State Bank and Trust
    Haynes Electric Inc.
    Keast Brothers Farms
    Mull Farms & Feeding
    Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
    Simmons & Simmons, Inc.
    Michael G. Speers, CPA
    Straub International - Larned
    Taylor Abstract & Title Co.
    Vratil Buiders
    VonFeldt Bauer & VonFedlt Chtd.
    Ward Feed Yard