Kids LOVE The Museum of the Great Plains – but there’s lots to interest visitors of all ages. Be careful when you walk in or you might trip over kids on their hands and knees peering through giant magnifiers at the satellite-image map on the floor. Go ahead – you can do it too!
One of the first – and most dramatic – exhibit is hidden behind a wall of debris. Walk behind it to enter into a basement and experience the sounds and stories of the 1979 Wichita Falls tornado.
On the main exhibit floor you’ll find an exhibit about all the uses the Native Americans made of the bison. And you’ll find a fake bison – looking like an oversized “Operation” game – with removable innards. There’s a near-by teepee and a chuck wagon and campfire – exhibits about life on the Plains. In a corner is a paleontological dig for mammoth bones. To top it off, upstairs are a number of stations for creative and construction activities. Talk about hands-on!
Other interesting exhibits give insights into life on the Plains. The Tingley Collection features a number of pieces from over 3,200 items collected by one family for Tingley’s Indian Store over a period of approximately 90 years. Other exhibits show early businesses and farming practices. In an adjacent room is a temporary Lego exhibit, here until the end of September when it will be replaced by another six-month exhibit.
Outside the museum is a replica of a Great Plains trading post of the 1830s and ‘40s. In summer or days when school children are visiting, a living history interpreter is on-site. This people-pleasin’ museum is great for adults and kids.