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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


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For an overview of the museum click here.

Current Events

9th Annual Photography Show

For more information about the club and the 9th Annual Photo Show, click here The judge will be Mike Gullett, Professor at Pittsburg State University.

ENTRIES shall be received Friday. February 12th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday, February 13th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Entire fees are $3.00 for students and $5.00 for adults for each photograph entered. Click here for the entry form. The show ends on February 27, 2016.

Spring Tea

It's time for the Spring Tea. You are cordially invited to a Spring Tea at the Museum, Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Wear you Easter bonnet if you like! Serving begins at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy our Silent Auction & Entertainment. Cost is $20 Per Person. Please return this form (click here), with payment, by February 24th.

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.

New Photo Club

They meet once a month at 5:30PM in 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.

Art Center


The Art Show for young people will be April 15, 2016 - April 23, click on this link for more information.,

Steve Greenwall

Steve Greenwall is returning in Febbruary 2016 to give 1/2 day classes 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.

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.

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.


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.