The McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, located in beautiful McPherson, Kansas, features many unique exhibits, including historical artifacts, meteorites, Ice Age fossils, Native American pottery, and fine art. In 1968, McPherson College joined forces with the City of McPherson and created the McPherson Museum at its present location in the Vaniman Mansion.
The Vaniman Mansion was built in 1920–21 for McPherson banker F.A. Vaniman. It was designed by architects Shepherd and Wiser of Kansas City and is an outstanding example of the English Tudor Revival style. The 6,000-square-foot main house boasts original features such as light fixtures, butler’s pantry, tiled kitchen floor, and dining room serving window. The 8 window seats are original as is the silk wallpaper in the dining room and the silk drapes in the main floor sunroom. The main floor of the mansion has been restored as a period home.
The second floor of the Vaniman Mansion houses Native American art, Ice Age fossils, meteorites, and the first visible man-made diamond. It’s also home to the museum’s research room. The third floor’s pioneer room features domestic arts, such as butter churns and spinning wheels. The African room displays art and tools from various African countries, as well as the original MGM mascot lion, Leo. Third floor is also the home of the Learning Center, a place for families to learn together.
The McPherson Museum is dedicated to providing you with a unique learning experience, as you examine unusual pieces of history. Contact us for more information about us on our exhibits, services, and events today. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
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