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Humboldt Historical Museum The first Museum building was built more than a century ago in 1867. There are presently five buildings of historic and collectable items open to the public.

Building No. 1 is the orginal Museum Building with an attached annex. You can step back in time and enter a parlor and kitchen of the 1800s. See Walter Johnson's birth bed. The Annex houses a display and history of Monarch Cement plus fashions from the 1900s and War Memorabilia.

Building No. 2 is the replica of a one room country school complete with furnishings. It also houses a large collection of Lewis Howland's iron toys. There are many pictures and albums and other abundant genealogy sources: Civil War Letters, Military documents, Land Grants, and Civil War memorabilia.

A DVD is available for viewing; it features the Great Escape of Creek Leader Opothleyahola, who led 10,000 Indians and 600 of their Black slaves out of Confederate controlled Indian Territory into Free State Kansas during the winter of 1861-62. Learn how Humboldt was involved in this important but little known Civil War history. A brochure guides you on a 4-County tour of this amazing story.


Building No. 3 houses many of the handtools used by local farmers and a unique Barbed Wire Collection. There is a wide variety of different forms of washing machines and a collection of Arthur Bulk's authenic miniature steam engines that are operated by gasoline or air, plus much more.

Building No. 4 is an open pole building which contains many types of horse drawn, antique farm equipment.

Annex No. 5, which is our newest building was dedicated in 1999. It houses 500 scale model horse-drawn circus wagons, Stage Coaches and many different types of carriages crafted by Lewis Howland. It also houses two horse drawn hearses, one adult and one infant. A wall display of pictures and articles pertain to the two Humboldt born great Baseball players, Walter Johnson and George Sweatt.

Our museum complex houses many more artifacts not mentioned here. Bathrooms and water are available for our visitors. The Museum is located by the Neosho River, with picnic tables under beautiful shade trees.


Admission: Free Admission, donations appreciated
Hours: Open Every Weekend June thru the 2nd Weekend in October, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
Anytime by appointment.
Address: 2nd and Neosho St.
Phone: 620-473-5055
Our Email: humboldtkshistoricsociety@gmail.com
Our Website:humboldtksmuseum.com/
Groups and Bus Tours Welcomed. There is plenty of parking.

Come visit us in Humboldt, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Civil War Memorial

This monument bears a marble collage of 12 Civil War sites in Humboldt depicting events during the Oct. 1861 Burning of Humboldt by Confederate troops and revealing possible hiding places of fugitive slaves found in Humboldt during the Sept. 1861

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Riverside School

Riverside School, located in the Museum complex, is the replica of a one room country school complete with furnishings. It also houses a large collection from Lewis howland of iron toys. There are many pictures and albums, and an abundance of genealogy sources:

Humboldt, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Humboldt Historical Museum

The first Museum building was built more than a century ago in 1867. There are presently five buildings of historic and collectable items open to the public. Building No. 1

Humboldt, KS Museums

Confederate Soldier Marker

This stone marker memorializes the site where a Confederate soldier was shot during the burning of Humboldt in October 1861. This is just one of 12 sites in Humboldt's Civil War Tour. Free brochures, with map, for this self-guided tour can be obtained 24 hours a day at Johnson's General Store on 9

Humboldt, KS Tours

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