Welcome to the Smoky Hill Museum

Each time you visit the Smoky Hill Museum, a new story inspires you. 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.

PKM, Waddell & Reed Renew Sponsorships

PKM, Waddell & Reed Renew Sponsorships

Community partnerships that strengthen the Museum’s educational impact continue to unfold. Two renewing sponsors — PKM Steel Service and Waddell & Reed, Inc. — are recognized for their respective support of the Industry and Agriculture cases.

PKM founded 52 years ago by Paul Mai. Mai first worked with steel in his homeland of Germany during WW II by making iron lungs, then GI-housing metal door frames. In 1958, Mai sailed to the U.S., living in Topeka, then Abilene before making his way to Salina in 1962. Through many expansions, PKM has grown and has provided the structural steel for projects including the Salina Bicentennial Center, Bartle Hall Conference Center in Kansas City, the Denver Airport, and numerous shopping centers, malls, and military facilities across the U.S. and overseas.

Waddell & Reed’s Salina-based division office encompasses more than 40 licensed financial advisors that cover a 20-county district, providing investment opportunities and strategy for a wide range of clients. The most recent chapter of Waddell & Reed’s work with the Museum began in 2011 when the Salina team was selected to host a stop on a national, yearlong tour of a WWI “big rig” exhibit to celebrate the firm’s 75th anniversary.

Join these sponsors. Among sponsorship opportunities available are those featuring pioneer settlers, the mercantile and home life. Such a venture is easy for a family, foundation, civic group or church to do. Contact Kay at 785-309-5776 or at kay.quinn@salina.org to see how you can play an active role in the Museum’s future.