Topeka

Travel back in time and explore...

the rich history of Topeka.

Explore our historic attractions, and the musicians, artists, actors, athletes, academics and politicians who have made Topeka what it is today.

Explore how Topeka, Kansas has repeatedly found itself at the ...

Crossroads to Freedom. 


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Historic site details

Kansas State Capitol
300 W 10th St.  785-296-3966
Take a free tour explaining the Capitol's many unique architectural features, extensive murals and statues and see the many beautiful renovations.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call for tour schedule.
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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe St.  785-354-4273
Gain an understanding of the role this 1954 Supreme Court decision played in the Civil Rights Movement. This interactive, experiential museum is located inside the historic Monroe Elementary School.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
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Charles Curtis House Museum
1101 SW Topeka Blvd.  785-357-1371
Tour the former home of Charles Curtis, the only Vice President of Native American descent. Marvel in the intricate decor and memorabilia from Curtis' political career. 
Tours: Saturday 11 a.m.-3p.m. and by appointment.
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Combat Air Museum
7016 SE Forbes Ave.  785-862-3303
See more than 30 military aircraft, from WWI to the present day, in addition to aircraft engines, artifacts and dioramas. 
Hours: March to December 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday
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Constitution Hall
427-429 S Kansas Avenue   785-250-8228
One of Topeka’s best known building and home of the first Constitutional Convention. Built in 1855, Constitution Hall served as headquarters for the free state movement and as a temporary Capital while the permanent building was under construction.

Great Overland Station
701 N. Kansas Ave.  785-232-5533
Formerly home to the Union Pacific Railroad Station, this museum brings Topeka's railroad heritage to life through guided tours, photographs, special exhibits and events.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.
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Holley Museum of Military History
420 SE 6th  785-272-6204
Located inside the Ramada Convention Center Downtown, witness a 4,000-piece military collection of dioramas, models and artifacts from the Civil War through the Persian Gulf War.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
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Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW 6th  785-272-8681
Learn about colorful characters and everyday folks from Kansas' past. See a full-sized Cheyenne tipi, covered wagon, 1950s diner and an 1880s locomotive.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
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Museum of the Kansas National Guard
6700 SW Topeka Blvd.  785-862-1020
Don't miss artifacts, equipment and materials from the history of the Kansas National Guard and 35th Division. Includes 30 outdoor exhibits, more than 100 indoor exhibits, a research library and photo archive.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Ritchie House
1116 SE Madison St.  785-234-6097
Built by the abolitionists John and Mary Jane Ritchie in 1856. The Ritchie house was a stop on the underground railroad before and during the Civil War. 
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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Topeka Cemetery
1601 E. 10th Ave. 785.233.4132
Topeka Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable Topekans, including founder Cyrus K. Holliday, Col. John Ritchie and others. There are several monuments and memorials at the cemetery commemorating local historical events.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday mornings by appointment.
No admission is charged

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Topeka Room
1515 SW 10th Ave. 785.580.4400
If genealogy research has brought you to Topeka, you can’t miss the Topeka Room at the public library. There are more than 170,000 obituaries indexed from Topeka newspapers, 1906 to the present, maps and much more.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
No admission is charged

Washburn University and Mabee Library 
1700 SW College Ave. 785.670.1010
Washburn was founded as Lincoln College in 1865. From inception, students of all races and genders were admitted and studied together. In its earliest days, Union veterans were allowed to study at no charge. Today’s campus is 120 acres donated by Col. John Ritchie.
Hours: Varied depending on if school is in session. Check the Mabee website.
No admission is charged

Topeka ... blazing trails since 1854.