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Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission Fee
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Ages 6-18
Free - Ages 5 & Under
Free Active Military

Holiday Hours

Closed on major holidays


Current Events

Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Verdigris Valley Young Artist Exhibit. Beginning this year our young aspiring artists in Kindergarten through the 12th grade will have an art show of their own! We want to encourage visual art education and promote artistic creativity and expression. We believe it is important to provide an opportunity to recognize and exhibit outstanding student artwork. We hope to cultivate a sense of accomplishment and pride in our young artists from seeing their own work on exhibit and, at the same time, have the opportunity to view the work of other young artists.

Artwork will be received Sunday April 13, 10 - 4pm and Monday, April 14, 10 - 5pm. Reception and Awards will be Friday, April 18, at 6:30pm. The Exhibit will be open April 18 - April 26, 10 - 4pm every day.

Baseball Room

Just off the Gallery is our new Baseball Room. It is a showcase for the baseball history of Independence where the first night game in the history of Organized Baseball was played. There are many pictures and pieces of baseball history here. Plan on spending at least an hour visiting this room.

Community Cultures Exhibit

Part I: African-American of the Community Cultures exhibit was held with a members reception on Monday, January 20, 2014. The exhibit was open to the public on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and ran through Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Following is the remainder of the series:

Part II: Hispanic - May

Part III: Germanic - August/September

Part IV: American Indian - November

To view the poster for all four exhibits, click here.

Coming in 2015

Home Town Teams: The Hometown Teams partner exhibit will feature multiple activities that will enhance the themes of the traveling Smithsonian exhibition and provide an opportunity to engage all ages in baseball events. Click here to read more.

Ongoing Information

Fund Raiser

We have a new fund Raiser with Schwans.com. Please use the Campaign ID of 3132 when ordering. The museum will be getting a portion of each sale during the year campaign. A sample order form is here. You can go to www.schwans.com to place your order. Schwans also has an APP which you can download onto your phone, etc. That address is www.schwans.com/app.


The current and prior years' newsletters are available for download at Newsletters.

Museum Luncheons

Luncheons are held each month on the second Friday at 12 Noon from September through May. There are only special events during the summer months. Be sure to make reservations each month. The current month's newsletter lists the menu for the day.


Wi-FI is now available in the museum for your use. You can research your family history or other research items.. You can bring your own computer, or use one of the computers available. The WIFI and the coffee bar are open during regular business hours.