Our variety of uniquely curated agricultural artifacts and technology offer a glimpse into the evolution of agriculture to continue to provide an abundant and safe food supply.
NEW EXHIBIT! “Hard Times: Life in America During the 1930s” – On view in the main museum’s newly renovated gallery. Black-and-white photos portray life in America during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl eras. The photos were selected from the Farm Security Administration photography division’s collection of more than 200,000 images taken from 1935 to 1944.
The Museum of Farming is more than 20,000 square feet of floor space devoted almost entirely to large antique farm machinery and implements.
The Gallery showcases unique and rare artifacts including the plow President Harry S. Truman used as a youngster along with a prairie schooner, loom, 1903 Dart truck, horse-drawn mail wagon, traveling exhibits and more! A large collection of rural art is in the adjacent Art Gallery.
The Agricultural Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture. The 200-seat National Rural Electric Cooperative Theater has state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and houses the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The Smith House was donated by sisters Etta Blanche Smith-Dahlgreen and Kathryn Charlotte Smith-Wilcox. The building itself is a replica built for the Ag Center while the furnishings, appliances and decorations inside are original to the Smith family’s 1890s home. It stands as a tribute to their pioneer parents and grandparents who came to Kansas from Wisconsin shortly after the Civil War.
The Smith Event Barn is used for exhibits and special events, and can be rented for business meetings, parties, weddings and receptions. Features include a full kitchen, 55″ smart TV for presentations, and a beautiful side deck.
Farm Town is a collection of buildings depicting pioneer life. The one-room Island Creek School House was built in 1917 in Piper, Kansas, and used as a school until 1961. Youngsters can experience a day at school complete with state-accredited curriculum. Farm Town also contains a Hatchery, Blacksmith Shop and General Store. The miniature narrow-gauge Union Pacific train takes visitors for a ride around the lake.
Vegetable, flower and pollinator gardens, tended by the Wyandotte County Master Gardeners, add beauty and valuable resources throughout the campus.