The Atchison County Historical Society & Museum is located in the historic 1880 Santa Fe Freight Depot in Atchison, Kansas. Dedicated to telling the story of Atchison County - the gateway to the West - the museum features exhibits on Lewis and Clark, Amelia Earhart, Jesse Stone, the Railroad History of Atchison County, the David Rice Atchison World's Smallest "unofficial" Presidential Library and a Military collection with over 200 weapons spanning the Revolutionary War, Civil War and both World Wars. We also operate the Independence Creek: Lewis & Clark Historic Site covering 13.5 acres of native grasses and wildflowers and a re-creation of a Kanza Indian Earthlodge, connected by a 5-mile hiking/biking trail to the Atchison riverfront. Come explore, touch and hear the stories that helped shape the West!

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Museum & Collections

Find out more about our exhibits and collection. While preserving the history and historical artifacts of Atchison County, Kansas is our priority - sharing and using the collections to educate is a close second. Check here to find out more about our current exhibits - what is coming up and what cool stuff we have preserved through the years.

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History Minute

Bob Staley built a unique collection of What-Iz-Its during his years as an auctioneer and collector and now we have a portion of his "cool stuff" in the museum. But this is the LAST WEEK (Friday June 12th - last day) for you to see how many what-iz-its you can identify. Follow this link to see more short history stories and info.

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Plan your Visit

Make plans for what to see and do. Coming to see a special exhibit, research your family history or bringing a group - get the details and see what we have to offer and what else there is to do in Atchison County.

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Our Presidential Library...

The David Rice Atchison World's Smallest "unofficial" Presidential Library is a cool trivia question answer and an exhbit you will not want to miss.
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Learn with us...

Check out our educational offerings - special tours aimed at your student's age level, the Pioneer Club for 4th-7th grade students and much more...
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Current exhibits...

Lewis & Clark, Amelia, Railroads, an American Bald Eagle and much, much more...and coming June 27th - Aug. 9 is the Smithsonian Traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams."
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Historic Sites...

Atchison County is just dripping in history...here's your guide to find the historic markers, public art, and National Register listed sites. And links to find out how to get your historic home on the National Register.
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About the Atchison County Historical Society

Established in 1967, the first museum was opened in 1968. The Society moved into the current museum, the 1880 Santa Fe Depot, in 1989. We host quarterly evening adult education programs and sponsor K-12 programming, including the monthly Pioneer Club for 4th-7th grade students.

The Atchison County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in the State of Kansas.

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About Independence Creek: Lewis & Clark Historic Site

Open Sunrise to Sunset year round. Located 5 miles north of Atchison's Main Street this site may be reached by car or by hiking/biking trail. The 13.5 acre site has reestablished the prairie as seen by the Corps of Discovery and encompasses a stretch of Independence Creek referred to by Captain William Clark in his July 4, 1804 journal entry. A pedestrian bridge completes the 5-mile trail link to the Atchison Riverfront. A re-creation of a 1724-1804 era Kanza Indian Earthlodge interprets the Kanza habitation of this location.

Physical location:

19917 314th Road, Atchison, KS

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Museum Hours & Admission

Summer Hours:

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday

noon to 5 pm Sundays

Winter Hours: (November - March)

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday

10 am to 4 pm Saturdays

noon to 4 pm Sundays (closed Jan & Feb)

Open to the public 350 days a year - closed: New Years, Sundays in January and February, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Eve.

Museum admission is by donation - requested donations $2-adults, $1-children, $1.50-seniors, $5-family.

Contact us for Group Tours booking, rates and details.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (913) 367 6238
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Atchison County Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 201
  • 200 S. 10th Street, Santa Fe Depot
    Atchison, KS 66002