Wichita was officially established as a city in 1870. Since then, it has become the cultural center of the state. The city has the Ulrich Museum of Art, the Wichita Art Museum, First Friday Gallery Crawl, Douglas Design District Murals, and lots of smaller galleries. Here are a few things you can only find in Wichita!
The Keeper of the Plains is a massive weathered steel monument that stands guard above Wichita. Blackbear Bosin, a native Wichitan and globally renowned artist, created the five-ton statue. Fire pits around the statue are briefly lit each night when weather permits.
It is located at the junction of the Arkansas River and Little Arkansas River. The statue is within walking distance of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. The Keeper of the Plains is a must-see landmark in Wichita!
339 Veterans Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67203
Wichita is home to the original Pizza Hut. The franchise was started in 1958. The building was actually moved from its original location and now sits on the Wichita State University campus. The first Pizza Hut doesn’t have the iconic trapezoidal windows and tiered roof because this was before they implemented the brand design.
This is fast food history. Unfortunately, it does not serve pizza. The nearest active Pizza Hut is about 4 miles away on E 37th St N. The Original Pizza Hut is an important part of Wichita history.
701 Amidon ST, Wichita, KS 67203
Local sculptor Constance Ernatt wanted to add to the art scene at the Riverfront. So, she designed and built a 5-foot-tall sculpture of a troll. The Wichita Troll is tucked away under the grate of an overflow junction.
The Creeper of the Drains weighs 210 pounds and is hollow so stormwater can drain out of it. It is easy to miss because it is under an ordinary grate. Searching for the Wichita Troll is half the fun!
Wichita, KS 67203
The Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House is built in the Prairie School style of architecture. The home was finished in 1918, making it more than a century old! The house exhibits Wright’s take on prairie life by allowing guests to interact with natural surroundings and feel as though they are living among nature.
You can tour the house throughout the year so check their website for more touring information. A gift store is also located on the first level, where you may purchase a keepsake to take home. Consider visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House if you’re interested in architecture.
225 N Roosevelt ST Wichita, KS 67208
The Ulrich Museum of Art is home to Personnages Oiseaux by Joan Miró. The mural is a 28 by 52-foot glass mosaic outside the museum. Who is Joan Miró? He was a Spanish sculptor and ceramicist whose work is considered Surrealism and Expressionism. In 1972, Miró started Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People) and by 1978 it was installed. Personnages Oiseaux is the only large-scale glass mosaic by Miró.
Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St, Wichita, KS 67260
The Field Station: Dinosaurs is a fascinating experience that features more than 40 life-size dinosaurs that will leave you feeling awestruck by these prehistoric animals. You can see the Brontosaurus, Dracorex hogwartsia, Tyrannosaurus, and Stegosaurus. Explore the paths with the dinosaurs or witness a variety of live experiences put on by the staff to teach visitors about the dinosaurs' activities. The Field Station: Dinosaurs is a fun destination for everyone!
2999 N Rock Road, Derby, KS 67037
The Museum of World Treasures has Egyptian mummies, fossils of the Cenozoic era, pieces of the Berlin Wall, Civil War weapons, and a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Located in Old Town Wichita, you can also visit their website for a virtual tour. It opened in 2001 and has exhibits relating to natural history, military history, and world civilizations. Visit their website for ticket prices. The Museum of World Treasures has a wide range of rare and unique artifacts!
835 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202
Wichita Public Schools