The Wichita Baseball Museum, located inside Riverfront Stadium at 275 S. McLean Blvd, opened its doors on Friday, July 15.
The museum features trivia and historical artifacts showcasing Wichita’s baseball history, including Wichita’s all-black baseball team the Monrovians, the National Baseball Congress (NBC), along with preserved components of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
“We are excited to share local baseball history with the entire community,” said Jane Schwechheimer, General Partner of the Wichita Wind Surge and President of the Schwechheimer Family Foundation. “One of Lou's greatest wishes was to provide inspiration for children through baseball. The Wichita Baseball Museum will be a destination for gathering, learning and fun. Our extended Wind Surge family continues to be committed to Lou's vision and to Wichita.”
Approximately $1.8 million was spent on construction of the Museum, including the infrastructure, interior and curation. SJCF Architecture, Eby Construction, Gardner Design, Professional Engineering Consultants, CambridgeSeven, The Image Resources Group and Cantina were all vendors and consultants on the project. City of Wichita and Wind Surge representatives served on the Oversight Committee.
Admission to the Museum is free. Rental fees for group events will help cover operating costs of the not-for-profit museum.
Visitors are welcome to tour the Museum Monday – Friday during regular business hours, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. when events are not being held. Groups of 20 or more may book private tours after hours through the Museum website which is linked on the Wind Surge website. Please call (316) 221-8000 in advance of your museum visit to ensure the facility is open and available for tours.