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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

Miss Able

There will be a special Miss Able exhibit at the Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center on December 20, 2014 during regular hours.

Miss Able, along with Miss Baker, were the first monkeys to go into space and return alive. Their flight took place on May 28, 1959, and their success gave the best evidence that man could survive in space. Miss Able was born in December, so the special exhibit will be celebrating her birthday. To read more, click here.

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.

Museum Luncheons

Special announcement for this Friday (November 14) Luncheon: Navajo playwright, director, and actor Rhiana Yazzie will be the guest speaker. The luncheon will consist of stew, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, berry cobblers, tea and coffee. Reservations are due by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 12th. Click here for nore information.

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.

Art Center

The Art Center is presenting a three day Watercolor workshop.

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.


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.

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.