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If you'd like to learn more about the history of this area, head to the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th, off North I-70 and Wanamaker, 785-272-8681. Located on a branch of the historic Oregon Trail, this museum has one of the US's largest collections of prairie memorabilia and historic objects. You'll also find Luman Martin-Winter's wonderful sculpture of "The White Buffalo," a Southern Cheyenne tepee, a 1866 log house, a locomotive with coal car, and dining and sleeping cars, and a fun exhibit about Fast Food, complete with a 1950s Diner vignette, Topeka's first McDonald's sign, and Harvey House menus, flatware, and dinner gong.
For more history visit the Combat Air Museum, Hangers 602 & 604, J Street, Forbes Field, south on Highway 75, 785-862-3303. Stopping at this museum will give you the unique opportunity to see operational aircraft from every armed conflict in which airplanes have been involved, including a Bell UH-1H Iroquois "Huey", a Grumman F-14A "Tomcat", and a McDonnell F-101B-100-MC "Voodoo. Another great museum on your military history tour is the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, 6700 South West Topeka Blvd, main entrance to Forbes Field, 785-862-1020. A visit here will give you a chance to view weapons, uniforms, and personal articles exhibits while learning about the role the Kansas National Guardsmen have played from the Civil War to current day.
Art lovers will enjoy browsing at the Mulvane Art Museum, on the Washburn University campus, 1700 SE College Ave, 785-231-1124. Here you can enjoy the Mountain-Plains Series, the Collection of Kansas Art, and rotating exhibits featuring the works of Plains artist. You'll also want to stop by the State Capitol, 10th & Jackson, where you can view the works of native-born artist, John Steuart Curry. If touring the State Capitol, you get the feeling it looks awfully familiar, don't worry--you aren't losing your mind. It was modeled after our nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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