With soaring modern architecture, and rolling, grassy surroundings, the award-winning Kansas Museum of History has a mission to tell stories about the people of Kansas. There’s a full-size 1880 locomotive from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, as well as a 1914 biplane that replicates the first Kansas-built plane, which had flown three years earlier. Smaller memorabilia include a hammer wielded by Prohibitionist, Carry Nation, boots worn by Colonel George Armstrong Custer, and a Winchester rifle presented to new marshal for Caldwell, Kan., Henry Brown – who later used it to rob a Medicine Lodge bank. Additional exhibit themes cover African American history in the state, and Civil War volatility, as well as early peoples who lived in this area and later white settlements. Spend a morning or a day here to fully appreciate this beautifully executed museum.