Finney County Museum switches to summer hours

The Finney County Historical Museum, 403 S. Fourth St., Garden City, has extended its exhibit hours for the summer season effective May 28 through mid-August.

Hours to see museum exhibits are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.      

In addition to extending hours in the main museum, the Finney County Historical Society will open the historic William Fulton House for tours starting June 1. The 1884 Folk Victorian home is located just southwest of the museum inside the zoo, and it will be open 2-4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through mid-August.

The house, built by one of Garden City’s founding fathers, was moved to Finnup Park from Seventh Street and restored to period condition in 2003-2005. The 2019 tours are being supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Exhibits in the main museum include True Crime — Solving Notorious Cases from Finney County’s History; the Spirit of the Plains Gallery; the Santa Fe Trail; Buffalo Jones – Last of the Plainsmen; Finney County Agriculture; the frequently-changing Front Door Gallery and nearly a dozen additional displays.  The others range from Celebrate Kansas, offering children a chance to build Kansas icons using Lego blocks, to a vintage-style clothing dress up area styled like a room of the historic Windsor Hotel.

The museum store is open concurrently with exhibits, offering Garden City and Kansas items, books, videos, postcards, handcrafts, souvenirs, decorative items, original art, craft goods and pottery by local artists and artisans, toys inspired by times past, T-shirts, jewelry, historic photographs and items linked to area history and culture.

For more information, call 620-272-3664.  Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and research library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.