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Downtown Events

Metal to the Pedal - Vintage Pedal Cars
Sunday, September 26
Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum

50 Years of American Pedal Cars! Children’s toys hold a place amongst the most ancient artifacts. They typically mirror the adult world children aspire to and often teach children how to look forward to life as a grown-up.

The pedal car holds a unique position in the history of toys. A product of the Industrial Age, it took the idea of the “hobby horse” which itself saw a transition to pedal power in the late 19th century, to the next level. The earliest recorded pedal powered vehicle was the “Quadracycle” exhibited in 1853 at the “Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations World’s Fair” held in New York City at the time when two-wheeled bicycles became popular. Pedal cars mirror automotive design of the Machine Age and reflect advancements in mass production as applied to toy manufacturing. As artifacts, they have become nearly as popular with collectors as the actual automobiles themselves.

This exhibit features pedal cars from the Robert Guenthner Collection and is featured in the Slawson Gallery.

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Admission
$5 for Adults
$2 for Children (Ages 6-12)
Under Age 6 are Free


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Dome Theater Shows at Exploration Place
Sunday, September 26
Exploration Place

Grab a seat and enjoy the fun of a Dome Theater film! Encounter an exceptional experience with the largest dome theater in the state. Travel to faraway destinations and go on adventures unlike any other, under the soaring 60-foot screen, immersive 360-degree view and booming surround sound.

Current Feature Film - Australia's Great Wild North

Journey to a land of extremes. Northern Australia sees ravaging brush fries and colossal floods. This Jurassic-like environment is home to sharks, venomous snakes, enormous buffalo – and even a living dinosaur, the saltwater crocodile.

Daily Show Times: Noon, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm*, and 8:00pm*
*Thursdays only

Feature Film Tickets: Adults (12-64) $8, Seniors (65+) $7, Youth (3-11) $6, 2 and Under FREE
Exploration Place member discounts available

Current Special Feature - Turtle Odyssey

Take the plunge into the vast ocean with green sea turtle, Bunji! Follow her incredible journey from a hatchling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, through adulthood. Swim with this amazing creature over thousands of miles and encounter sea critters of all sizes. Tag along with scientists as they attempt to save the green sea turtle species.

Daily Show Times: 10:30am, 3:00pm, and 7:00pm*
*Thursdays only

Special Feature Tickets: Members $1, Adults (12-64) $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Youth (3-11) $3, 2 and Under FREE 

 

You do not have to pay exhibit admission to do the dome! Tax not included. Prices and showtimes subject to change without notice.

We have reduced capacity per show to allow for proper social distancing. The theater’s stair railing, doors and chairs will be cleaned after every show, and the entire theater will be sanitized at least twice per day. Exploration Place asks that you please pick up your empty soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc. when you exit the theater. This effort will help keep all safe and healthy.


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Beyond 1920 - Women Artists from the WAM Collection
Sunday, September 26
Wichita Art Museum

In August 1920, a Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Celebrating 1920 features work by women artists from the permanent collection.

The exhibition spans works made before and after women gained the right to vote, exploring women’s contribution to various art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Featured artists include Rosa Bonheur, Marguerite Zorach, Helen Frankenthaler, Audrey Flack, Gail Albert-Halaban, and others.

Join the Wichita Art Museum and the League of Women Voters in commemorating women’s suffrage. This exhibition was originally planned for spring 2020 but was delayed due to Covid-19 closures.

Museum Hours
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Sundays: Noon-5pm
Mondays: Closed

Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Sunday Green, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 49 3/4 x 87 1/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Gift of MISCO Industries, S.O. Beren and Allen Staub, Trustees


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Big Bugs Exhibit at Botanica Wichita
Sunday, September 26
Botanica Wichita

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, Big Bugs invade Botanica! Featuring 12 animatronic insects installed throughout Botanica’s 20-acres, visitors can access the exhibit during general admission visits and special events.

Replica movements and oversized detail bring these creatures to life in delight of visitors young and old. Penny the Centipede stretches out to approximately 10 feet long. Perry the Praying Mantis stands 7 feet tall. Drake Dragonfly’s flapping wings span 10 feet wide. Other insects include Buzz the Bee, Paul the Dung Beetle and Turbo the Snail.

Botanica’s Gardens are home to more than 4,000 different kinds of plants and insects of every variety. Playing an important role in Botanica’s ecosystem, bugs are vital to the flowers and food we all appreciate.

Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays - 9am-5pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9am-8pm
Sundays - 1-5pm


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Turn It Up to 90 - 90th Anniversary of the Electric Guitar's Wichita World Debut
Sunday, September 26
Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum

This special exhibit, featuring dozens of historic electric guitars and, explores Wichita’s connection to the most popular musical instrument  of our time. The Museum has researched this subject since 2002, producing several well-received exhibits, revealing Wichita’s unique place in the instrument’s history.  Visitors will also see the electric guitars from the Museum’s collection that belonged to some of Wichita’s noteworthy players.

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Admission
$5 for Adults
$2 for Children (Ages 6-12)
Under Age 6 are Free


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