Updated 10/19/2020: We are OPEN, come on in! Masks are required when visiting the museum.
Hours & Admission
Tues-Fri 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Sat-Sun 1:30 pm–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
- New Year’s Day
- Fourth of July
- Christmas Day
Children 6-16 $2
FREE for children under age 6
FREE for Members
FREE for Bethel College
students, faculty, and staff
FREE for Hesston College students, faculty, and staff
All indoor exhibits are accessible to wheelchairs. With prior notice a ramp can be installed to access the Voth-Unruh-Fast House. Inquire at the Welcome Desk to borrow a museum wheelchair.
Visit with a Group
Kauffman Museum welcomes bus tours, church groups, family reunions, or just a group of friends. For groups of 12 or more, please contact museum staff one week in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts or to make special arrangements.
We’re Open 24/7
The Prairie and Historic Gardens
Kauffman Museum’s grounds are always open to the public for outdoor exercise and discovery. We invite you to meander through our tallgrass prairie reconstruction and stroll around the farmstead’s heritage flower and vegetable gardens. The sidewalk through the streamside woods links to the entrance of the City of North Newton’s Chisholm Trail Park that features open grassy areas for picnics and gatherings, and a tranquil path along Kidron Creek.
Year-round Trails for Walking and Biking
In 2006 the City of North Newton completed The Trail of Two Cities, a paved biking/walking route through Chisholm Trail Park and Bethel College that connects to Newton’s Sand Creek Bike Path.
The North Newton trail connects to Sand Creek Trail, a National Recreation Trail, that begins at Bethel College’s Memorial Grove with a wood-chip path through the streamside woods.
Stories Along the Trail
North Newton’s history includes the Native Americans who hunted along Sand Creek, the thousands of cattle herded north on the Chisholm Trail, and immigrant settlers who founded Bethel College. In 2012 Kauffman Museum collaborated with the City of North Newton to create eight outdoor kiosks along North Newton trails to share this history. Stop #6 at Kauffman Museum includes a map of these “Stories Along the Trail.”
Visit Bethel College
Bethel College is located across Main Street from Kauffman Museum. In 1972 the Administration Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mennonite Library and Archives, Kauffman Museum’s sister institution, preserves documents and publications related to Mennonite studies. A Chisholm Trail marker is located in front of the Luyken Fine Arts Center, paying tribute to this historic cattle trail that went through North Newton. Mojo’s Coffee Bar, in Schultz Student Center, offers award-winning coffee and tea as well as smoothies, homemade pastries, sandwiches, salads and more.
Dine, Stay, Play and Shop
Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau offers ideas on local amenities and activities, including local arts and cultural organizations and events.
Area Mennonite Museums
Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel tells the story of Mennonites immigrants from Russia, and Kansas agriculture from the late 1800s through the 1960s.
Pioneer Adobe House in Hillsboro is the last surviving adobe construction built in 1876 by Mennonites from Russia, and is furnished with immigrant and early settlement artifacts.
Warkentin House in Newton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the home of Wilhelmina and Bernhard Warkentin, a Mennonite miller, seed importer and banker.
Blue Sky Sculpture, at Centennial Park in Newton, Kansas
27th and North Main St.
North Newton, KS 67117
Across from the main campus of
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