[do] The Museum of World Treasures – That “Other” Wichita Museum
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither were the Smithsonians. But in its eight-year existence, Wichita’s own Museum of World Treasures has amassed a collection of artifacts and oddities that is truly amazing.
Without a doubt, the centerpiece of this museum is the huge Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that fills the foyer. I’ve always been one of “those kids” – the ones who get ridiculously excited about anything having to do with dinosaurs – so the battling dinosaurs have always appealed to my inner dork, and are sure to appeal to the inner dorks of others.
The museum also houses a respectable collection of Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek artifacts. Think about it: where else in the city can you come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy? Or marvel at the artistry on a Greek amphora? Or stand aside a larger-than-life Roman marble statue?
Oh, but that’s just part of the first floor. The other two levels house military artifacts from each major American war – including extensive and impressive Civil War, World War I and World War II collections. There are exhibits and information on every American President and most European Monarchs, and a beautiful set of jewels from the Majapahit Empire of Southeast Asia. Not to mention the sports and Hollywood memorabilia.
Yes, I know. Some people pooh-pooh at the thought of calling it a museum – even going so far as to call it “the museum of random crap.” After all, it started as local doctor’s private collection. And the sheer amount of stuff likens it to Fibber McGee’s closet. But, while the Museum of World Treasures may not be Smithsonian-caliber, it does have some Smithsonian-caliber collections that are amazing, beautiful, authentic and right here in Wichita.