Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Monday - Saturday 9 a.m-6 p.m. Sunday 1-6 p.m.
567 Cedar Street
Liberal, KS 67901
Phone: (620) 624-7624
The Seward County Historical Museum offers a collection of items dating back to 1541 when Don Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and 36 soldiers entered what is now Southwest Kansas searching for the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold." An eight-foot bronze statue of Coronado points the way to the museum from US Highway 54.
The museum is housed in a charming house built in 1918 and moved from its original location at 510 N Lincoln to the present site. It still retains the warmth and charm it held as a family home. The solid light oak paneling, banisters and flooring would be difficult to duplicate today.
Featured at the museum is a collection of items used in the settlement of the Kansas Territory during its Wild West days. Visitors can see weapons, an antique organ, quilts and home furnishings. In addition, there is an exhibit that pays tribute to the culture of the Native American Indians who lived on the land long before Coronado set foot here. Traveling exhibits that feature artifacts of other museums and collectors also are a major part of the Seward County Historical Museum.
The museum grounds include native plants such as tamarack, sand hill plums, cottonwood trees and wild roses.