Welcome to the Smoky Hill Museum

Each time you visit the Smoky Hill Museum, a new story inspires you. From animal paths to Indian trails to interstate highways, Salina is the Crossroads of the Heartland. The Smoky Hill Museum's galleries and educational displays put you at the heart of how Salina came to be, what it is becoming today, and how you play a part in that story.

Family and kid-friendly interactives, changing exhibits, and fun family activities are among the Museum's highlights - all free of charge. The Museum Store offers Kansas cards, wheat weaving, specialty-food items, toys and more.

Our Wonderful Sponsors

Special thanks go to our exhibit and case sponsors. The Museum is able to continue its strong exhibits and educational programming through their generosity. Interested in sponsoring an exhibit? Contact Kay Quinn at kay.quinn@salina.org.

News & Announcements

  • “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. Help yourself by helping others.”

  • Schilling Air Force Base was an important part of Salina, and when it closed in 1965, the community faced an uncertain future. Join Tim Rogers, Executive Director of the Salina Airport Authority, as he explores the events surrounding the closure of Schilling Air Force Base and how housing was used for waiting wives. He’ll also discuss the economic impact of Schilling Air Force Base in 1965 and the Salina Regional Airport and Industrial Center 50 years later.

    This free presentation is offered at the Smoky Hill Museum on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

    The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

    For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.

  • Schilling Air Force Base was an important part of Salina, and when it closed in 1965, the community faced an uncertain future. Join Tim Rogers, Executive Director of the Salina Airport Authority, as he explores the events surrounding the closure of Schilling Air Force Base and how housing was used for waiting wives. He’ll also discuss the economic impact of Schilling Air Force Base in 1965 and the Salina Regional Airport and Industrial Center 50 years later.

    This free presentation is offered at the Smoky Hill Museum on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

    The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

    For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.

  • Match Madness

    The Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum are participating in Match Madness. On March 8, you can designate gifts to our endowed fund at the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Each gift will be matched with a cash grant to our agency to support our work in the community.

    In-person donations will be accepted from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Blue Skye Brewery & Eats, 116 N. Santa Fe Ave. On line donations will be matched from 12:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m. at www.gscf.org. Your donation will go a long way in helping us build our endowment. Plus, gifts made on Today, March 8, will be matched up to 50% from a $55,000 matching pool — making your dollars go further!

  • The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas

    Join the Smoky Hill Museum as it hosts “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas,” a free presentation and discussion by Jordan Poland on Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 pm. Jordan Poland is the Director of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

    Sports mascots from the Sunflower State come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. From the most recognizable, like KU’s Jayhawk and K-State’s Wildcat, to more obscure mascots like the Fowler Goldbugs and the Hill City Ringnecks, these characters often reflect the history and character of the towns they represent.

    “Mascots are one of the features that distinguish Kansas communities,” said Poland. “It’s not a coincidence that many mascots around the state are represented on their community’s water tower because mascots are an important identifier of who we are and where we come from.”

    “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. The event is partially supported by generous gifts from the Johnson County Community College Foundation and the Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission to honor the memory of Fred Krebs, a lifelong advocate of the humanities in Kansas. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.

    For more information about “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas,” contact the Smoky Hill Museum at 785-309-5776 or visit smokyhillmuseum.org.

    The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

    For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.

  • The Vietnam War in Perspective

    Join Dr. Adrian Lewis, as he looks at Vietnam in the context of the Cold War, to learn why the Vietnam War was fought the way it was. Dr. Lewis is a professor at the University of Kansas, teaches at the Naval War College, is an author, a retired soldier and has taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    This free presentation is offered at the Smoky Hill Museum as part of our 1960s Flashback Series, on Thursday, December 3, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

    The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.