Exploration Place
Source: FlickrThe Exploration Place

History of Exploration Place

Creating another, private, not-revenue driven establishment out of the Children’s Museum and the OMNISPHERE had been on the brains of network pioneers for years.

This vision prompted a City of Wichita arranging study in 1989. Internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie of Boston, Massachusetts structured the structure and park.

Safdie and Associates worked with the neighborhood compositional firm of Schaefer, Johnson, Cox, Frey, and Associates and with local engineering and construction firms.

Traveling Exhibits

  • Science of Ripley’s believe it or not
  • Sun, Earth, Universe
  • Wild Wheater

Permanent Exhibits

  • Big mouth
  • Bridging art and science
  • Createspace
  • Design Build Fly
  • Explore Kansas
  • Kansas in miniature
  • Kansas kids connect
  • Keva
  • Making a landmark
  • Nano
  • The vanishing cowboy
  • Where kids rule
  • Minigolf and exploration park

Digital Dome Theater

Exploration Place has the dome theater that is largest in the state – with an immersive 360-degree view, a soaring 60-foot tall screen, and booming Dolby sound. It’s an amazing experience!



  • Fridays
    12:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home
    1:00 p.m. Great White Shark
    These times and show are also good for Monday, April 22
  • Saturdays
    11:00 a.m. Great White Shark
    12:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home
    1:00 p.m. Great White Shark
    2:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home
    3:00 p.m. Great White Shark
    4:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home
  • Sundays
    1:00 p.m. Great White Shark
    2:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home
    3:00 p.m. Great White Shark
    4:00 p.m. Pandas: The Journey Home

Live Science Shows


  • March-May
    Discovery Flight: How a Plane Flies
    Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Included in museum admission, free for members.

Special Events

  • Death By Chocolate
  • Riverflix
  • Kid’s Night out
  • Members’ Night
  • EP21

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Where is the Exploration Place located?
A. 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, Kansas 67203

Q. How can I contact the Exploration Place?
A. You can contact the place on the following lines:

  • Phone: 316.660.0600
  • Fax: 316.660.0670
  • Summer Camps – 316.660.0620
  • Membership Manager – 316.660.0624
  • Groups and Field Trips – 316.660.0620
  • Rentals – 316.660.0642
  • Explore Store – 316.660.0630

Q. Can I organize my birthday party at Exploration Place?
A. Yes, you can. There are a number of special offers that you can check at the official website.

Q. Are there any special events conducted?
A. Yes, there are a number of special events conducted that you can check on the official website.

Q. How can I volunteer and what will be my responsibilities?
A. To volunteer, you can visit the center or the official website. As a volunteer you will be responsible for:

  • Partake in exercises that upgrade your self-improvement while serving an esteemed job to the gallery and science instruction and exploration.
  • Work with eager staff and volunteers
  • Admission to all exhibits and dome theater shows with a volunteer card 20% off in the Explore Store and The Snack Bar.
  • Early views of traveling exhibits, science shows, lectures and specialized training relating to volunteer obligations

Q. What are the hours of visit for the exploration center?
A. The hours of the visit are:

  • *Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

*Closed Mondays starting Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

Q. What is Explore Store Hours?
A. You can visit the purchase from the explore store:

  • Monday: Closed.
  • Tuesday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Q. What are General Museum Admission?
A. General admission fee for the museum is:

Adult (12 – 64)$10.50$5.00$13.50
Senior (65+)$9.00$4.00$11.00
Youth (3 – 11)$7.00$3.00$8.00
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