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High Plains Museum

Goodland, Kansas

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The High Plains Museum, just off Interstate 70, in Goodland, Kansas opened in 1960 high plains museum and features a collection of over 8,000 objects representative of Goodland and Sherman County history. Although many of the displays are similar to those seen in historical society museums across the state, there are some unique features, such as an antique Holsman Auto, and 6 HO scale dioramas telling the story of the Kidder Massacre in 1867 and the development of northwest Kansas.

The High Plains Museum, owned and operated by the City of Goodland and is organized under the City's Parks and Recreation Department, features both permanent and temporary exhibits representing over one hundred years of Northwestern Kansas history. The High Plains Museum enables adventurers of all ages to discover the rich high plains museum history of Sherman County as well as places beyond in its program of changing exhibits.

The High Plains Museum's also includes a full sized, automated replica of the first patented helicopter in the United States. The original invention of Goodland residents W. J. Purvis and C. A. Wilson of Goodland, its single test in 1909 resulted in destruction of the helicopter and accusations of fraud. The replica was built in 1976, using the original patent and the only known photo of the helicopter.

Mon, Wed - Sat: 9am to 5pmhigh plains museum
Sun (June - Aug): 1pm to 5pm
Closed Major Holidays and Tue

High Plains Museum
1717 Cherry Avenue
Goodland, KS 67735

A Visit to the High Plains Museum