Museum Mission and History
Located in Topeka, Kansas, the Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Kansas National Guard and honoring the memories of the soldiers and airmen who, for over 145 years, have served Kansas and the United States whenever the call was made.
Within the Museum walls, the weapons, uniforms and other artifacts carried or worn by Kansas Guardsmen from the Civil War to the War on Terrorism are proudly displayed. These artifacts paint a picture of the Kansas citizen-soldier from the early and bloody days of the birth of our state, to today’s Guard missions around the world.
Surrounding the Museum building, visitors can see static displays of military equipment including an M60 tank (previously-used by the Kansas Army National Guard), an 8 inch self-propelled howitzer (capable of firing Nuclear rounds), a variety of helicopters, including an OH-58 Bell Kiowa, an OH-6 Loach from the Silver Eagles (the U.S.Army’s answer to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds), an AH-1 Cobra, the powerful CH-54 Skycrane, and various other equipment.
Throughout the year, occasional outdoor events are held in the area behind the Museum, including Civil War reenactments, youth events, and Kansas National Guard reunions.
The Museum also houses an extensive military research library, containing hundreds of books, and a small theater with videos featuring Guard and associated military history.
Just outside of the research library is the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame, honoring individual soldiers and airmen who have led distinguished careers or made significant contributions to the Kansas National Guard. The Hall of Fame contains Medal of Honor recipients, former Guardsmen turned Governors, war heroes, and individuals that have made an indelible mark on the Kansas National Guard.
We invite you to share in the rich history of Kansas and her volunteers who, for over a century and a half, have done their best to bring freedom to people across the world. Visit the Museum of the Kansas National Guard which serves as our guardian, tasked with the never-ending mission of remembering and honoring our soldiers and airmen, who have given, and will continue to give, their time and lives for causes greater than themselves.
History of the Museum
The Museum of the Kansas National Guard became a reality on February 1, 1997, when it opened its doors for the first time. It had taken 12 years of work and $700,000 of donated money and time, but today the completed Museum sits near the main entrance of Forbes Field, home of several Kansas National Guard units.
In addition to the museum displays, library and artifact storage, the 18,000 square-foot facility also houses the National Guard Association of Kansas and the Enlisted Association of the Kansas National Guard. This combination of occupants makes the Museum a true center for the preservation of the militia heritage of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard.
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