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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.
--Tues,Wed,Fri & Sat
12 Noon - 7:00 p.m.
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


IHMAC Facebook Link

For an overview of the museum click here.

Current Events

Hometown Team Event

This event will occur from October 6, 2015 to November 21, 2015. This is an activity of the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center (IHMAC) and the Independence Public Library. The event is made possible with a grant from the Kansas Hunanities Council . The exhibit sponsors are: O"Malley Equipment, C and J Threads, Mark Metcalf, Louis and Judy Ysusi and Ryan and Andread York. The brochure for this event can be downloaded here."

Click here for details of the full event.

Elevate the Museum - 5-Year Renovation Pledge Campaign

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center launched the event called "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.

The first phase on the renovation is complete. The ribbon cutting for the Ramp was held June 12, 2015.

For more information about the renovation compaign click here, email museum123@cableone.net or call 620-331-3515.

Fund Raiser


The new campaign name and number are "Raise the Elevator" and #24082. 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, 2016.

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.

Craft Fair

The Arts and Craft Fair will be held December 5, 2015 from 8AM to 2PM at the museum. For information click here for the brochure.

New Photo Club

The next meeting is Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:30PM at the Museum. Read more about the club by clicking on the link for the photo club. If you would like to find out more, come to our next meeting. 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.

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. Help with recorded history - Got a story about local baseball history? Between 2 - 4 p.m. Wednesday(July 1st)and 4-7 p.m. Thursday (July 2nd), you're invited to tell your personal story on camera at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center which is preparing a fall exhibit titled, "A Bat and a Ball." For an appointment, call 331-3515.

Baseball Quilt - Chances $1 each or 6 for $5

The Baseball Quilt is 54" x 54" and contains the logo patches of the original sponsors of the game and the company that built the original stadium. Drawing will be on
November 21, 2015

Art Center

Steve Greenwall's Pastel Class is completed, but he is returning to give 1/2 day classes on perspective drawing on 6-15 and several months following at $20 each. These training classes are usually held the third Monday mornings. Call the museum for updates. Our regular painting days will be returning to the second and fourth Monday mornings.

VVAE 2016

The Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit will display from June 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016. Plan to deliver your art from June 16- 216 to June 18, 2016. The Critique will be June 24, 2016. We invite all artists within 100 miles to participate.


Gift Shop

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

Museum Luncheons

Luncheons are held each month on the second Friday at 12 Noon from 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.

Christmas Quilt

$1 for one chance, $5 for 6 changes. Quilt will be hung in a window in the Old Hallmark Store during Neewollah. Drawing will be held December 11, 2015.


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

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


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.