We proudly share America’s agriculture through our collections, which according to the National Smithsonian Museum are more extensive than theirs.
In Farm Town is the Island Creek School House, a one-room school house 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. Then go through the Santa Fe Depot before hopping on the miniature narrow-gauge Union Pacific train for a ride around the lake.
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 artifacts including the plow US President Harry S. Truman used as a youngster along with a prairie schooner, loom, 1903 Dart truck, horse-drawn mail wagon, traveling exhibits and kids play area.
The Art Gallery houses a large collection of rural art.
The Agriculture Hall of Fame provides extensive information about its members and their contributions to agriculture development. The 200-seat theater, made possible by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, also displays information about members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
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 1890’s home. It stands as a tribute to their pioneer parents and grandparents who came to Kansas from Wisconsin shortly after the Civil War.
The newly renovated Smith Event Barn is used for exhibits and special events, and can be rented for business meetings, weddings and receptions. Two sets of french doors open onto a deck, and a wide screen TV is ideal for presentations.
Always Something New
We are adding new exhibits that illustrate how technology is used in agriculture and how farming evolves to continue to provide an abundant, safe food supply.
We offer educational tours for all kinds of groups. Learn more about the tours.
Stroll through the peaceful grounds and see our resident flock of geese down by the lake. The Master Gardeners’ vegetable, flower and pollinator gardens add beauty and valuable resources for our bees. Learn about the importance of bees in agriculture at the bee hives.