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Annual Museum Day Expands to County

Residents and visitors to enjoy free admission to eight area museums

MARYSVILLE, KAN:  Marysville Convention & Tourism, the Marysville Museum Alliance and the Marshall County Development Corporation invite residents and visitors to explore local museums on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

For the past two years, residents have enjoyed a free day at Marysville area museums to kickoff the tourism season. This year, the event has expanded to include five other museums and historic attractions within the County.  The special event, deemed Marshall County Museum Day, signifies the opening of museum season, which runs from April to October.  

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy free admission to the following museums/attractions throughout Marshall County: 

  • Pony Express Museum, Marysville
  • Marshall County Historic Courthouse, Marysville
  • Koester House Museum & Gardens, Marysville
  • Historic Union Pacific Depot, Marysville
  • Blue Rapids Museum, Blue Rapids
  • Depot Museum, Waterville
  • Waterville Caboose, Waterville
  • Transue Brothers Blacksmith Museum, Summerfield

“We are excited to open this up and tell the story of our county’s history from the trails and the railroad to pioneer life and the Flint Hills landscape and so much more,” said Ann Walter, member of Marshall County Development Corporation. “There will be blacksmith demonstrations in Summerfield, ice age exhibits and military displays in Blue Rapids, and railroad exhibits in Waterville.”  

Visitors can take self-guided tours, view the exhibits and artifacts, and immerse themselves in the history of Marshall County and rural America from the 1700s to 1900s.

 “There is something for everyone to see,” said Jan DeGroot, administrator at the Pony Express Museum and member of the Marysville Museum Alliance.  “We have exhibits that appeal to those with a passion for history, arts, agriculture and more!  Bring your families and friends for a day of exploring the past!”  

In addition to seasonal hours, many of the museums are open by appointment only, so Museum Day offers both locals and visitors a chance to explore hard-to-reach locations. 

 “I often hear locals say they’ve always wanted to go inside our museums, so here is their chance,” said Michelle Whitesell, Director of Marysville Convention & Tourism. “People are always pleasantly surprised at what they find inside those doors.  They’ll find history, education and fun all wrapped into one. From interactive activities for kids, larger than life artifacts to the most interesting details of our history, there is something for all ages!”