A $25,000 grant from the Foundation to the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum will assist in the development of The Curiosity Shop at the Salina museum.
The Curiosity Shop is the museum’s interactive children’s area. The area is undergoing an extensive renovation. The space is dedicated to teaching children about Kansas history using hands-on activities that incorporate science, creativity and the humanities. There will be four primary spaces, each with a specific theme: The World of Radio, the Dirty 30’s Town Building and Kansas Weather. Installation of the new space is scheduled for summer of 2016.
In 2014, the museum welcomed nearly 11,000 visitors, of which more than 4800 were children. 61% of the visitors to the museum are from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation’s 26-county service area. Visitors to the children’s area primarily include families and school children.