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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

Elevate the Museum - 5-Year Renovation Pledge Campaign

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7 pm the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center will launch "Elevate the Museum", a Five-year Renovation Pledge Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds to make the 100 year old building more accessible and safer to members and visitors.

Currently, most of the museum is inaccessible to patrons and visitors that are unable to climb stairs. The most expensive and most needed item in the plan is an elevator needed for access to the 20 rooms in the basement and two on the second floor. Other items include an outdoor access ramp, improved lighting, larger more accessible restrooms, and renovations to the attic to allow for expanded storage and improved accessibility to an increasing inventory of valuable artifacts.

The night will be laced with fun, featuring emcees Kathy Newkirk and Steve McBride and live musical entertainment. A short program will outline the plan and how to participate. Anyone interested in participating in the event and investing in the Museum and Art Center is invited to attend. The museum is a 501(c)3 organization. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. No admission will be charged. The museum requests an RSVP by March 7, 2015. For more information click here, email museum123@cableone.net or call 620-331-3515.

Testing new hours

We are testing new hours for Thursdays to 12Noon to 7PM to allow those that work or go to school during the day to visit the museum in the early evening. Let us know what you think.

New Photo Club

The first planning meeting was held at 6PM on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Read more about the club by clicking on the link for the photo club. If you would like to find out more, come and be in on the planning phase. John and Rob would like to hear from you.

Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame

The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4 PM except on Thursday the hours are 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. There are plans for special activities on Thursday evenings such as tours of videos shown.

The Valentine's Day concert featuring The Vogts Sisters was a great success! For more information about this event please Click here for info.

2015 Photography Show

The Photography Show Critique was February 20th. The Show will be open to the public until February 28, 2015. (During regular museum hours - Tuesday through Saturday). For more information - click here.

Helpers are needed. If you would like to help in any way please call the Museum office at 331-3515.

Oil Room

Featured this month is the Oil Room, which contains the history of Oil in Kansas. There is also a piece of the Alaskan Pipeline. Click here to see images of the room.

Home Town Teams
October/November 2015

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.


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

If you are not a member yet, click here for a membership form. and enjoy the benfits of being a member.

Art Center

Steve Greenwall's Pastel Class is completed, but he is returning to give 1/2 day classes on basic drawing on 3/16 and 4/20 and several months following at $20 each. Our regular painting days will be returning to the second and fourth Monday mornings.

""Of Creatures and Children: glimpses of people and animals from around the world" a special art exhibit will be on display from March 14 through April 4 at te Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, 123 N. 8th, Independence, KS. Sandra Kimzey Wimbish grew up in rural Montgomery County. She has been creating art all of her life and has been teaching art students for over 15 years, hoping to inspire them to tap the creativity within as the hone their skills and express themselves through visual arts.

Sandra has traveled and lived in a number of countries around the world and currently resides in North Carolina. Her travels have given her the desire to use her art as an invitation to the viewer to expand their perspective of the world around them. Using a variety of styles and mediums--with graphite, colored pencil, ink, and acrylic paint--this exhibit plays off of colors and textures, as well as the stark crispness & detailed precision of ink.

2015 Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit

To read about the 2015 Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit click here. VVYAE will be held April 17, 2015 to May 2, 2015.

2015 Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit

The 2015 Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit(VVAE) will be held June 26, 2015 to July 24, 2015. The general information is available by clicking here. The brochure and entry form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Be sure to read about all the activities associated with art at the Museum. If you are a professional artist, you can apply for your own art exhibit (subject to approval).

Also check out all the art for sale in the gift shop.

Gift Shop

Check out our gift shop. We have many exciting items on display. Gift Shop link.

Fund Raiser

The new campaign name and number are "The Painting Continues" and #15901. Place an order by calling 1-855-870-7208 or going online to schwans-cares.com. The Museum will receive 20% of all purchases made between October 28th and December 12th. We will continue to receive 5% from December 13th through to October 27, 2015.

E-certificates are available for $25 each. The Museum receives $10 from each one purchased. There is a limit of one per customer. 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.

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.