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Riley County Historical Museum


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Riley County Historical Museum Take a peek at the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library.

Included in the Museum Complex is the 1855 prefabricated Hartford House, the Randolph Jail, and the Goodnow House.

Guided tours by appointment.


Admission: Free Admission
Hours: Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Address: 2309 Claflin
Phone: 785-565-6490
Our Website:www.rileycountyks.gov/328/Historical-Museum
Research Library (local history) by appointment
Guided Tours by appointment

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