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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 - Sat
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

New Exhibit

The museum has a new exhibit showcasing the Law Enforcement. Art & LaVerne Schenk donated many of the items in the exhibit and helped create the exhibit.

Elevate the Museum

Monday evening, the Board and several members attended a preview of the next phase of the construction. Most of the discussion was about the new bathrooms and how they will look. Bids will be going out this week. The electrical phase will be presented after the bathrooms are under construction.

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.

Special Exhibits

Photo Show

Was held through February 25, 2017.

Pottery Show

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 Canb download onto your phone, etc. That address is www.schwans.com/app.

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.


There is a lot of news in the April 2016 newsletter. 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.

Calling all Crafters

The Craft Fair will be held Saturday - December 3, 2016 from 8AM to 2PM. Click on the Craft Fair Information. to read about more information and signup form.

Art Center

Steve Greenwall

Monday, March 13 (first Monday) is Steve's first class in Pastels""
Monday, March 20 (third Monday) is "Steve's second class in Pastels"
Monday, March 27 (fourth Monday) is "Steve's final class in Pastels"

Click here for more information about Steve Greenwall..

Steve Greenwall's classes: 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 in April.

Class on Fix-it

We will be having classes on using the techniques described in the fixit book by Tony Van Hasselt in the future - dates to be determined. If you are interested in this class, call (620) 331-3515 and leave your name and email or phone number so that we can upadate you on the requirements for the class. A small fee of $5 will be charged for the class.

Monte Toon

Monte Toon will return in the fall for a one day training classes with the Art Club. Cost of $40 for Museum members and $45 fo non-members.


Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame

The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame will be moving to ICC soon. Read all about it in the April newsletter.

Museum Luncheons

Luncheons are held each month on the second Friday at Noon from September through May. Be sure to make reservations each month by calling 620-331-3515. 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.

Gift Shop

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