Paid admission includes all of the main museum galleries, four historic structures, three reproduction homes and two large exhibition buildings. And don’t forget to bring your lunch – many visitors enjoy the picnic tables that overlook the beautiful museum grounds

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Closed November 22 through November 27, 2023
  • $6 for adults
  • $3 for ages 12-18
  • $2 for ages 6-11
  • 5 and under free
Group Tours

The museum offers large groups the option to book a docent to lead a tour. Groups include tour companies, families, scouts, fraternal organizations, and more. Docent guides bring history alive by adding cultural and historical information about the museum’s collection that is not available on the museum’s exhibit panels. Depending on the time constraints of the group, docent led tours can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Groups should have a minimum of 10 people and must be booked in advance. Regular admission applies. However, there is no additional cost for a guided tour. Please call 620-285-2054 to make reservations or for more information.

There is plenty of room at the museum for busses to park and turn around.

School Tours

The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum invites schools to bring their students for an exciting and memorable field trip. We offer 90-minute docent led tours. The basic tour includes the history of the near extinction and recovery of Bison, Plains Indians, the Santa Fe Trail, Westward Expansion and settlement, class in a one-room schoolhouse, and life in a 1919 frame house, soddie home and dugout. Tours can be tailored to focus on one or more areas and to meet time restraints.

School tours receive half-price admission and must be booked in advance. Please call 620-285-2054 to make reservations or for more information.

There is plenty of room at the museum for busses to park and turn around.

Gift Shop

There is a gift shop available with a variety of items and price ranges. Items for sale in the Trail Shop include toys, books, American Indian jewelry and pottery, Kansas memorabilia, T-Shirts, paintings, postcards, and more. In addition, the Trail Shop sells Lost Trail soda and old-fashioned candy sticks.

Facility Rentals

Need a place to hold a meeting? Want to get married in an historic church? Family reunion getting too big for your backyard?

Consider renting space at the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum. We have a screen and digital projector available for use and our large auditorium can accommodate approximately 100 people. Our west porch is an ideal place to hold a family gathering and there is plenty of room for the kids to run. The historic Johnson Street Escue Chapel provides an intimate and memorable location for that special day. Call 620-285-2054 for more information

"Great museum. Well worth taking the path less traveled to visit." Jim Wisconsin

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can we see Santa Fe Trail Ruts at the museum?

    There are no Trail Ruts on the museum grounds. But during your visit, we can provide directions to two local sites that do contain ruts.

  • How long does it take to see everything at the museum?

    Visitors can take as long or as short a time as they want to visit the museum. We recommend planning to stay two hours to see everything on the museum grounds.

  • Can I bring my dog into the museum?

    While we understand that you may not want to leave your dog in a hot or cold car while you visit the museum, we cannot allow them in the main museum building. However, you may walk your dog on our grounds, provided they remain on a leash, do not make other visitors feel threatened, and you pick up after them.
    Service dogs are allowed in all public areas of the museum.

  • Do you have wheelchairs or strollers?

    There are two wheelchairs and one stroller available for visitors at no cost.

  • Is the museum handicap accessible?

    The main museum, two exhibition buildings, train depot and historic church may be accessed by wheelchair.

  • I have an RV with a car trailer towed behind it, is there room for me to park?

    Yes, we have room for you to park in our parking area. However, we recommend that you call 620-285-2054 before you arrive to get directions on where to pull in and turn around when you arrive.

  • Can we take pictures during our visit?

    You are welcome take pictures at the museum for your personal, private and non-commercial use. If you wish to take photographs for any other purpose, prior written permission must be obtained. Please note, the use of tri- or monopods and selfie sticks is not permitted without prior consent.

    Do not climb over exhibit barriers or lean into exhibits to get pictures. Unless otherwise stated, artifacts should not be touched.

    We invite you to post pictures of your photos on our Facebook and Instagram accounts with the hashtag #SFTCMuseum.

  • Do you have free days?

    The museum does not have regularly scheduled free days. However, during some Special Events, the museum does not charge admission.  Please call 620-285-2054 if you want to check in advance.

  • Do you have bicycle racks?

    The museum does not have bicycle racks. But bikes may be secured to the posts on our front porch. Bicyclists traveling across Kansas are welcome to stop in and use the restroom, get some water from the fountain in our lobby, and access our free Wi-Fi. Admission will still apply if you wish to see the museum exhibits.

  • Is there an admission fee to visit the Trail Shop gift store?

    There is no admission to visit the Trail Shop.

  • What else is there to visit in the area?

    In addition to the museum, there are several wonderful places to visit while in the area:
    Fort Larned National Historic Site – four miles west of the museum on K156 Hwy.

    Pawnee Rock State Historic Site – 8.5 miles east of the museum.

    Central States Scout Museum
    Camp Site of George Sibley, Surveyor of the Santa Fe Trail (directions available from museum staff)

    Zebulon Pike Memorial Plaza (directions available from museum staff