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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

John Koschin Show

The exhibit will display about 100 photographs - including his military career and a cross section of the Independence area. In addition about 20 photographs will be by Local Photographer - Gaby Richmond-Reck. The exhibit goes through January 24th during the regular museum hours

Celebrity Hall of Fame

The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame plans to open soon. The move from the old J.C. Penney building has been a challenge and has taken longer than expected. The cause of the delay is the large number of artifacts for the space available and the amount of time for installation. Live performances have always been part of the KCHOF and this will continue at the Museum location. It is planned to conduct at least one event per quarter.

The first event will be "The Vogts Sisters" on February 14, 2015. Click here for info.

The KCHOF Advisory Board will begin meeting once per quarter with the first meeting of the year to be announced soon. If you would like to be a part of this exciting group, please contact the Museum at (620) 331-3515 or Mike Flood at (620) 330-0675.

2015 Photography Show

The Photography Show is scheduled to begin on Feb. 16th & 17th with registration. The Critique will be Feb. 20. The Show will be open to the public Feb. 21 through March 2 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.

Miss Able

If you missed the special Miss Able exhibit at the Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center on December 20, 2014 be sure to visit her page and video.

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.

Art Center

The Art Center is presenting a four day Pastel workshop. It is scheduled for January 12, 14, 26 & 28 with Steve Greenwall of Iola as the instructor.

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.

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


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


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.