Cowtown is one of seven local museums that are offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 27 as part of Museum Day Live! The annual event is sponsored nationally by Smithsonian magazine. Activities will be taking place at Cowtown from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission tickets are available online at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay. Tickets must be presented at the front gate and are valid for up to two people. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
The goal of Museum Day is to encourage people who may not normally visit museums to explore what their community has to offer. Other participating museums in Wichita include the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, The Kansas African American Museum, Kansas Aviation Museum, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
During Museum Day at Cowtown, museum-goers are invited to take wagon rides, view gunfight re-enactments in the street and take a break at the saloon’s snack bar to enjoy a sarsaparilla. The Cowtown cowboys will also be on grounds, giving visitors the chance to see what life as a cowboy would have been like in the Old West.
There will also be a special vintage base ball game at 1 p.m. in the field near the DeVore Farm presented by the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club. The Wichita Red Stockings and the Wichita Bull Dozers – names of actual base ball teams that played in Wichita during the 1870s – will compete using 19th century rules and wearing period reproduction uniforms. The Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club is a group of Cowtown volunteers who have traveled the state for the past six years playing other vintage base ball teams.
Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown’s unique programming chronicles Wichita’s transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation’s estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.