Temporary Exhibits


Animal Secrets Closes January 14

September 27, 2014 - January 14, 2015

Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? In Animal Secrets, families will learn the answers to these questions and more as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Using imaginative role-play and hands-on activities, children will discover nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, cave and naturalists tent.

PLAY with animals in a realistic habitat at the Stream. OBSERVE the sights and sounds of the Meadow. PRETEND to be an eagle, chipmunk and raccoon in the Woods. EXPLORE the unfamiliar environment of the cave. INVESTIGATE specimens from the natural world in the Naturalists' Tent.

Animal Secrets is specially designed for children ages 3-8; preschool to 3rd grade school groups.

Be sure to take a look at our Preschoolers in the Flint Hills programs.


Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963

September 27, 2014 - February 1, 2015

Flint Hills Forces explores the period between 1917 and 1963 when Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University intertwined to become one community encountering numerous opportunities for change in the 20th century.

Visitors can immerse themselves in human experiences and events including: a soldier training for trench warfare during WWI, opulence of the Roaring Twenties at the Wareham Hotel, trying times of the Great Depression, a WWII forward observer's jeep and supplies and family life around the television in a 1950's Manhattan living room.

This project is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting the understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.


K is for Kansas

January 24, 2015-March 22, 2015

Discover the magnificent state of Kansas with the exhibition, K is for Kansas: Exploring Kansas from A to Z.  Younger visitors and their families can discover who Kansans are with a special Kansas alphabet representing the countless people, places, things, plants and animals which make our state a special place.  Our alphabet includes the state symbols that all Kansas children study along with fun and curious facts about the state and stories which are often overlooked.


Save the Last Dance

February 14, 2015-May 17, 2015

The dance of North American grassland grouse, from the impressive courtship of prairie-chickens to the bizarre behaviors of sage-grouse, are known to nature lovers as one of the most impressive wildlife displays in North America.  Save the Last Dance shares images by award- winning photographer, Noppaadol Paothong, from his dazzling book, Save the Last Dance—A Story of North American Grassland Grouse.  The exhibition fosters knowledge and understanding of these spectacular birds and their diminishing habitats so future generations, too, can marvel at their grace and beauty.


Midwest Wild Weather

March 28, 2015-May 17, 2015

Explore science concepts such as evaporation, condensation, heat, pressure, tornados, electric charges and climate in an unforgettable way.  Midwest Wild Weather is the perfect supplement for students in grades 4-8 studying the science of weather.


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