Quirky Attraction: Museum of World Treasures

museum of world treasures

Museum of World Treasures
Location: Wichita, Kansas (835 E. 1st St.)
When to visit: 10 am – 5 pm daily (12-5 pm on Sundays)
Cost: $8.95 adults / $6.95 kids
Time needed to enjoy: 30-60 minutes
Website: www.worldtreasures.org

The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita is truly a bizarre place. They have a nice collection of artifacts that have nothing to do with each other. They’ve gathered up as much old stuff as they could get their hands on, then put them all together under one roof and tied them together by calling them “world treasures.”

To wit, you walk in and see a giant dinosaur skeleton (which is unfortunately only 60% real).


And right across from the dinosaur is a piece of the Berlin Wall.


Both cool exhibits, right? But the lack of cohesion is jarring. It’s enough to make your head explode.

Wichita evidently isn’t large enough to support a separate Science Museum, Sports Museum, Pop Culture Museum, Art Museum, Astronomy Museum, and History Museum, so they’ve essentially combined them all into one. That’s the Museum of World Treasures. It’s kinda clever, but also really weird.

Allow myself to share some more examples of the insane scope of this facility. They have an Egyptian mummy from around 1000 BC (she had braided hair, stood about 4’10” and was in her late 20s when she died)…


…lots of art from the Far East, including ancient Buddha statues…


…a Babe Ruth-signed baseball…


… Marilyn Monroe’s purse and gloves…


… and fossilized dinosaur poop.


Other sights include a 3 million year old mastodon tooth, a Korean War video featuring the soothing voice of Robert Stack on narration, a 34-star American flag dating between 1861 and 1863, Lucille Ball’s pearl necklace, and the pitchfork used in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

And, of course, General Custer’s britches right where they belong, next to a bison skull. Yes, these are the long underwear worn by Custer well before he made his last stand.


And here’s a genuinely cool sight: A fossil showing one fish eating another. That’s a Mioplosus labracoides, a member of the perch family, gulping down a Knightia eocaena, a little herring-like fish. It’s an action photograph from 50 million years ago!


From World War II memorabilia to George Foreman’s boxing gloves, the Museum of World Treasures will leave you scratching your head.

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7 Responses to Quirky Attraction: Museum of World Treasures

  1. Anita January 13, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Very cool. I don’t think I will ever make it to Wichita but if I do that will be one of the places I will definitely go to!

    • Scott Shetler January 15, 2014 at 6:23 am #

      I never expected to be in Wichita either, Anita, so you never know :)

  2. Adelina @ PackMeTo January 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I think this is pretty cool! I can see how it can be a bit jarring jumping all over different parts of the world and different parts of time, but I find more traditionally laid out museums a bit overwhelming. You walk into a room and there are 50 different Buddhas and you don’t know which one to look at. At least here there are only a few of each type and you can focus a bit more on them. Either way, it indeed is an eclectic collection of world treasures!
    Adelina @ PackMeTo recently posted..Eating New York City – My Firsthand Experience

    • Scott Shetler January 15, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      Good point, Adelina. I do appreciate museums that break the mold and do their own thing.

  3. Jess January 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I think if I had a museum, it would end up something like this. Except I’d probably just call it the ‘Random Stuff I Wanted to Collect Museum.’ I suppose Museum of World Treasures sounds better.
    Jess recently posted..The Sourtoe Cocktail, Dawson City

    • Scott Shetler January 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      I think that museum title would make a lot of sense! As long as you have the underwear of a famous general, you’re ready to go.

  4. Arti February 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Seems quirky enough, and pretty random stuff! Loved my little tour through your blog :)
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