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Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park

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Natural History Museum · Children’s Museum
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MISSION

Through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions in the nation, the Museum at Prairiefire is a place that provides access for all to understand and celebrate natural history and science in our region and around the world. The Museum engages visitors and students with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational and STEM opportunities.

VISIT AND EXPLORE

The Museum at Prairiefire hosts the American Museum of Natural History's (New York City) timely and scientifically accurate exhibitions, curated by its top research scientists. Each year, the American Museum of Natural History develops new exhibitions that explore wide-ranging topics such as the powerful link between humans and horses; fireflies and medicine; and the biggest, smallest, and most amazing species of all time.

Complementing the AMNH exhibitions, Museum at Prairiefire offerings include regular events and programming such as Science Happy Hour and Little Explorers Club, stunning artifacts from national and regional collections, the Discovery Room for children ages 3-12 and two unique Virtual Reality Experiences.

HISTORY

The Museum at Prairiefire was founded in 2008 and opened in 2014 through a unique partnership with the world renowned American Museum of Natural History. Until now, the American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869 in New York, has not collaborated to this degree with another museum in the world. Because of this unprecedented association, the Museum at Prairiefire has premiere access to the American Museum of Natural History’s timely and scientifically accurate exhibitions, renowned educational resources and some of the best scientists in the world.
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  • Near by AMC theatre and free entrance great for kids, but I think you gotta pay to do the tour. But very nice surrounding area with bunch of interesting restaurants and shops 
    Near by AMC theatre and free entrance great for kids, but I think you gotta pay to do the tour. But very nice surrounding area with bunch of interesting restaurants and shops  more »
  • From the awesome outside to the all the neat things to see inside, this is really a must see/do at least once when you are in the area!! There is a small charge to see the exhibits inside, but, not....  more
    From the awesome outside to the all the neat things to see inside, this is really a must see/do at least once when you are in the area!! There is a small charge to see the exhibits inside, but, not....  more »
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  • An exceptionally radiant and architecturally-unique building hosting many fun-filled and fact-filled exhibits for kids and adults alike. Admission is reasonable and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable! Family friendly and well worth an excursion for an afternoon. Be advised - their hours are open until 3pm!
  • This little museum does change exhibits from time to time. I attended while they were in the middle of installing a new exhibit. When I visited, the museum was heavy on the dinosaur exhibit. There was also rhetoric concerning space and a separate installation covering inclusion. I must admit I was a little disappointed in the overall size of the museum and the topics/depth of the exhibits. If you're dining or entertaining yourself in the connecting plaza, it may be worth taking the family to it to walk off some of the food. I left being mostly impressed by the outside facade of the building.

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