Wichita seniors have plenty of options for fun and educational places to visit. The following is a list of facilities that offer either free admission or a senior citizen discount.
The zoo is the only place you can come close to wild and endangered species from around the globe. The Sedgwick County Zoo houses such endangered species as chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas. After you are done visiting the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, you can shop at the store for souvenirs.
At Botanica, you can walk amongst the flowers, blooming shrubs, bulbs, and around the ornate fountains. The facility provides several gardens, including the Beverly R. Blue Teaching Garden, Butterfly Garden, Butterfly/Pansy House, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow, Garden on the Rocks, Frances Lattner Wildflower Woodland, Gene E. Spear Railroad Garden, and more. Spend the day observing peonies, junipers, irises, and daylilies while resting under flowering trees.
The museum features exhibits from countries all over the world. The most well-known exhibit is the 38-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur skeleton. You can also observe Egyptian mummies, a military exhibit, an expansive European royalty exhibit, and more.
The Nature Center hosts programs for people of all ages in Wichita. A special program for seniors is held on Wednesdays. There is also beekeeping workshops and bird walks with the members of the Wichita Audubon. You can find several outdoor and environmental organizations that meet at the center.
The Art Museum features temporary and permanent exhibitions and collections as well as a museum shop and the Muse Café. Since 1935, the museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 8,000 objects, including glass art and pieces from the Burnstein Collection.
You must visit the Aviation Museum to see why Wichita is the “air capital of the world.” Each week, the museum hosts Senior Thursdays with unique guests or events for Wichita’s senior citizens. This can include presentations by combat helicopter pilots and other speakers. Check with the facility for a calendar of events. Senior Thursdays are free, but if you want to tour the museum afterwards, then you must pay the senior discounted price for admission.
The Music Theater brings to life art, music, and storytelling with entertaining and well-known performances. In 2016, you can find performances of Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Oklahoma, and Jesus Christ Superstar. In the past, the theater has performed Singin’ in the Rain.
All events held by the Museum of Art are free. The museum is located at Wichita State University and is home to the 76-piece Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. The facility also has permanently displayed works from Andy Warhol, W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Dana Schutz, Kara Walker, Childe Hassam, Jacob Lawrence, and more. Parking is open to visitors in the evening, otherwise, you will need to obtain a parking permit from the University.
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