Museums

Amelia Earhart
Birthplace Museum

223 N. Terrace St.
Atchison KS 66002
(913) 367-4217
www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org
On July 24, 1897, aviatrix Amelia Earhart was born in this home, built by her grandfather in the early 1860s. It is owned and operated as a museum by The Ninety-Nines Inc., an international organization of women pilots. Earhart helped found the group in 1929 and served as its first president. Recent renovations have returned the birthplace to its condition at the turn of the century when Earhart lived here with her grandparents. Cost: $5 adults, $1 children 12 & under. Regular hours (Feb. -Nov. ): 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 1-4 p.m. Sun. Winter hours (Dec.-Jan): Closed M-Tues.; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. W-F;  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 1-4 p.m. Sun.

 

Atchison County
Historical Society Museum

200 S. 10th St.
Atchison KS 66002
(913) 367-6238
www.atchisonhistory.org
This museum in the restored Santa Fe Depot traces the history of the region. Exhibits highlight Atchison’s transition from a bend in the Missouri River to a busy commercial center for steamboats, westward-bound wagon trains and the railroads. Highlights include a display of Amelia Earhart’s personal effects, a large collection of rare guns dating back to the Revolutionary War and displays on the Lewis & Clark expedition. Open daily. Donations appreciated.

 

Atchison Rail Museum

200 S. 10th St.
Atchison KS 66002
(913) 367-2427
Adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot, the Atchison Rail Museum is owned and operated by the North East Kansas Railroaders, Inc., a voluntary group of railroad enthusiasts. It features an outdoor collection of rail cars and is available for exterior viewing throughout the year. NEKR members operate the Atchison & Western Miniature Railroad, a 12” gauge railroad, weekends during the summer, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-4. Museum cars open summer weekends.

 

Evah C. Cray
Historical Home Museum

805 N. 5th St.
Atchison KS 66002
(913) 367-3046
Recently renovated and updated, this 25-room mansion is a glorious example of the opulence of the Victorian era. Built in 1882, it is distinguished by a three-story castle-like tower. Ornate fireplaces, carved woodwork and original chandeliers mix with Victorian furnishings. The carriage house features a gift store and a small theatre in which a film on the architecture of Atchison can be viewed. Admission: $3.00/person.
Hours of operation:
- In April, open Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon only.
- May – Oct., open daily; 10am-4pm Mon-Sat;
1-4pm Sun.
- Closed from Oct. 31 to Saturday after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. Then open Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon through Dec. 17.
- Closed for the winter months.

 

Muchnic Art Gallery

704 N. 4th St.
Atchison KS 66002
(913) 367-4278
www.atchisonart.org
email: atchisonart@gmail.com
Parquet floors, stained-glass windows, hand-tooled leather and finely-carved woodwork make an impressive backdrop for displays of art by regional and national artists. A lumber merchant built this spectacular Queen Anne-style mansion in 1887 – 1888. The Muchnic family bequeathed the home to the community to be used for art purposes. The first floor is furnished as it was when the Muchnics lived here in the early 1900s. Art exhibits are displayed on the second floor from March through December. Open afternoons on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday; closed January – March. Minimal fee.