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Free Admission to the Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum

Admission to the Wichita Art Museum was always free on Saturdays, and that was a great deal but NOW admission is always FREE to see the permanent collection. Yes, FREE!  

The Wichita Art Museum announced on December 22, 2022, that they will now have FREE admission to their permanent collection gallery. This is HUGE news! 

Visitors will no longer be charged general admission to view artwork in the galleries that showcase WAM’s permanent collection, which is owned by the City of Wichita. The Wichita Art Museum was founded in 1935 and we are lucky to have such a wonderful community attraction in our city. The museum collection includes over 10,000 works of art.

Wichita Art Museum Free

“The museum’s founder, Louise Caldwell Murdock, wanted Wichita to have an art museum, and her will established the collection of art by American painters and sculptors as a gift to the city. We want every Wichitan to have access to this incredible collection every day the museum is open,” said WAM Director/CEO Anne Kraybill.

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Here is information from the Wichita Art Museums Website. 

Visitors will no longer pay general admission (previously $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 55+ and $3 for students) to view the museum’s permanent collection galleries. Only the museum’s major, temporary exhibitions will have a special ticket price for adults (children under 18 will always be free). WAM members will continue to receive free admission to major, temporary exhibitions in 2023: Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper (February 18 through May 14); Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass (June 11 through September 10); and Portraits of Hope featuring William H. Johnson and Barbara Earl Thomas (October 8 through January 14, 2024) along with other benefits, such as discounts in the Museum Store.

Wichita Art Museum Storytelling Exhibition

WAM’s Access-For-All campaign will continue to be supported by Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty. Thanks to the endowed fund he created with the Wichita Foundation, admission to major, temporary exhibitions will be just $3 to WAM visitors using EBT cards who participate in SNAP benefits. Mr. Sandlian’s generous donation also will support free admission on one Saturday during each temporary exhibition, which will coincide with the museum’s Family ArtVenture program. – From Wichita Art Museums website. 

Wichita Art Museum Hours: 

Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 12–5PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM

Wichita Art Museum Location: 1400 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203 

The first thing you’ll notice as you enter is the gorgeous colorful glass above your head in the entrance. One of the coolest things about that glass? You can walk on it (in your stocking feet) when you head upstairs! It’s really fun for kids and adults alike.

Reflection on Wichita Art Museum's glass floor

The Wichita Art Museum has permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits. 

During the warmer months, they often offer tours of the outdoor art garden and even have some FREE youth events! The Museum also has numerous free or cheap kids’ activities/programs throughout the year, as well as activities for adults and sometimes special activities and events for teens.

Of course, you’ll want to check out the museum website before you go to make sure you know everything you need to in preparation for your visit, and that scheduled events are still happening.


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