About High Plains Museum

About High Plains Museum

We are the people of Western Kansas, descendants of the Native American, the soldier, homesteader, the farmer, the railroader, the teacher, and the entrepreneur. Our stories, beginning over 100 years ago, continue and are presented and preserved through the efforts of the High Plains Museum.

Voted into existence by the people of Goodland in 1959, the High Plains Museum opened its doors in 1960 as a local history repository located near downtown Goodland, Kansas. The High Plains Museum is owned and operated by the City of Goodland.

The High Plains Museum features objects in permanent and temporary exhibits from its collection of over 8,000 objects that represent its over one hundred years of Northwestern Kansas history. The High Plains Museum enables adventurers of all ages to discover the rich history of Sherman County as well as places beyond in its program of changing exhibits.


The mission of the High Plains Museum is to promote, educate, and instill an appreciation of our Western Kansas High Plains heritage through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and educational interpretation of the objects, culture, and ideas representative of Goodland and Sherman County history.


Free admission. Donations welcome!

Donations are placed in the Endowment Trust to support the mission of the High Plains Museum.


Samantha Windle, Director
Phyllis Prawl, Museum Assistant
Claire Scheopner, Museum Assistant

Museum Hours

Monday, Wednesday through Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Sunday (June – August): 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Closed Major Holidays.
All times are Mountain Time.


High Plains Museum
1717 Cherry Avenue
Goodland, KS  67735

Phone: (785) 890-4595