Summer Day Trips for the Family- Museums & Historic Sites

As promised, we’re bringing you day trips and activities that are perfect for your family (or troop) throughout the summer! In today’s post, we have five places that are national historic sites and/or museums! You can see where Amelia Earhart was born, visit the studio of our region’s most famous painter and a few things in between!

When you experience these places, document on social media with #gsksmoroadtrip so we can see all the fun you are having!

1780204_988142464563983_298857605254602233_oMarianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Manhattan, KS

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Admission: Free

The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art is a collection of art from the region as well as around the world. The museum has a special activity “ARTote” that will enhance everyone’s museum visit and contain books, games, gallery activities and guide sheets to special works in the galleries! The museum is located on the Kansas State University Campus and parking is free!


Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

ameliaAtchison, KS

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission: Adults $6; Children 12 & under $1

One of the world’s most influential female aviators was born in this historic wood frame, Gothic Revival cottage on July 24, 1897! Amelia Earhart considered Atchison Kansas her hometown, and spent much of her childhood there with her grandparents, who were the homeowners’. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace museum is home to a model airplane which is a replica of the last plane she flew in 1937, a model of the famous backyard rollercoaster Amelia and her sister built, and countless artifacts from Amelia’s life. While in Atchison, make plans to visit additional locations that Amelia frequented in her childhood!


TRUMANThe Truman Home

Independence, MO

Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Admission: Adults, $5; Children 15 and under, free

Harry S. Truman’s home is a National Historic site located in downtown Independence, Missouri. Every day in the summer, the Truman House hosts guided tours for groups up to 8. You must obtain tickets at the visitor center (223 Main) and they are on a first come, first served basis. On your tour you’ll hear about the President’s life and have the chance to see thousands of artifacts!


Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio

thbhouseKansas City, MO

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission: Adults $5; Children 6 – 17, $3.50; Children under 6, Free.

Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned 20th century American Painter. He was born in Neosho, Missouri but lived in New York, Chicago and Paris and taught Jackson Pollock. In 1935 he was awarded a commission for the mural in the Missouri State Capitol and moved to Kansas City where he lived and created a home studio from a stable for himself in the historic Roanoke neighborhood until his death in 1975. When you visit this State Historic Site, it’s like Mr. Benton has just stepped away from his studio with cans of paint brushes adorning the space and canvasses ready for the next stroke of paint.


Patee House Museum



St. Joseph, MO

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission: Adults, $6; Children 6 -17, $5; Children under 5, free

The Patee House Museum is the only National Historic Landmark in St. Joseph, MO. It was built in 2858 as a luxury hotel and served as the Pony Express Headquarters from 1860 – 1861 and played a role in Jesse James’ life. There are two full floors of exhibits and you climb aboard an 1860 train and ride the “Wild Thing” carousel.


We will bring you additional day-trip activities throughout the summer! If have a family favorite place that you want to see included, comment below or email!

Don’t forget to use #gsksmoroadtrip when you visit these exciting places!

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