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Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
--Tues - Sat
Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission Fee
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Ages 6-18
Free - Ages 5 & Under
Free Active Military

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Closed on major holidays


Art Center

About the Art Center

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is proud to expand its mission to focus on an "Art Center." The museum has over 100 permanent artworks that adorn the Exhibit Hall and the lower level hallways. The annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit is in its 61st year and offers an opportunity for area artists to enter an adjudicated show.

The "Toon in June" show launched a flurry of activities for the center including a local artist's work day at the Museum and Art Center and children's art activities. Artists interested in showing at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center are encourage to explore the "Exhibitor's" link.

Artists meet every two weeks from 9AM to 12 noon. Artists are welcome to come paint watercolors in a group environment. Each artist brings their own equipment and talents for a fun time. Fill out request to be put on the notice of meeting dates.

Fun activities of our Members

Painting the carousel at Riverside Park and Zoo.

Members of the Art Center and of Bartlesville Art Group were given a grand tour of the Rutledge home and art studio.

Art Center Tour of the Rutledge Home

Past Exhibitors:

Cristine Sundcrist

Cristine is a pastel artist and  showed her work here at the Museum from October 1 through October 12, 2013.  For more information, click here.

Dwane Taylor

Dwane Taylor was a recent exhibitor. Read more about his event by clicking here.

Rob Morgan gave a photo show during July 2012.  He also gave two class instructions and a presentation.  The brochure shows some of his fantastic photos.

Rob Morgan gave two seminars: "Basic Digital Photography and Composition" and "Sports and short lens photography." The Museum hosted a Fundraiser where he gave a presentation about "Decade Behind the Lens".