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There are many ways to give back to the Museum, whether you want to become a member, donor, or volunteer. We are thankful for the amazing, unwavering support we receive from the community. To that end, please take a moment to review our supporters for 2017. We update this list each year and would love to add your name or your company/organization name to the list for 2018. Thanks again!

Discoverer ($10,000+)

James Davison     City of Wichita     Scott & Cindy Kardatzke     Lattner Family Foundation     Mel Hambelton Ford

Pioneer ($2,500 - $9,999)

Phil Brinkley     Carpenters Local 201     Cold Control Refrigeration     Hentzen Contractors, Inc.    Johnson, Duncan & Hollowell, L.L.P.

Integrated Facilities Group     Jon & Lorna Kardatzke     Marketplace Properties     Mike & Kim Noller

Visionary ($1,500 - $2,499)

Thomas Carnes     Christopher Clark Photography     Meghann Finlay     Paula Herrington     Brian Withers     Xclusive Event Services

Innovator ($500 - $1,499)

James Davidson    Intrust Bank     Midwest KIA     Old Town Association     Patton Termite & Pest Control     Spirit AeroSystems

TGT Petroleum Corporation     TkFast     Westar Energy Foundation

Explorer ($250 - $499)

Susan Crane-Laracuente     Hank Haneberg     Jim Hubbard     Fisher Lumber Company     Gleen Company     Jacob Liquor Exchange

Kansas Body Works     Nick Messer     Network for Good     Playa Azul Restaurant    Shannon Scholler     Valley Offset Printing

Historian ($10 - $249)

Amazonsmile Foundation     Bob Boewe     Janet Cragun     Donna Ditrani     Arlen Hamilton     Patricia Headrick     Jeremy Jones

Kansas Korean War Veterans Association     Thomas Kent     The Kroger Foundation     M & L CPA's     Conrad Marcottee     Gloria Masura     

Morgan Monday     Steven Manos     Darin Oelkers     Shaffer Insurance     The Pushy Goat     Henson Smith     Lon & Sherri Smith

The Spice Merchant     Total Installation     Robbie Vaughn     Ted Vlamis      Westlake Ace Hardware     Wichita Gem & Mineral Society


The Museum of World Treasures is a nonprofit educational organization. Your gift directly supports our educational exhibits, tours, and programs. Thank you for your support! All gifts are tax-deductible.​

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Our volunteers help with various day-to-day tasks at the Museum. You could lead a tour, work behind-the-scenes in one of our departments, lead a children’s program, help plan special events, or become a docent.

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Membership Pricing

Category Cost Benefits
Single $43 1 adult / 18-64
Single+ $49 1 adult / 18-64 / up to 1 guest of any age
Senior $36 1 adult / 65+
Senior Couple $42 2 adults / 65+
Grandparent $79 2 grandparents / same household / all grandchildren up to age 21
Grandparent+ $99 Same as Grandparent w/ up to 1 guest of any age
Household $79 2 adults / all children up to age 21
Household+ $99 Same as Household w/ up to 1 guest of any age

Membership Benefits

  • Free regular admission for one full year
  • Invitations to special events, educational programs, exhibit openings and lectures
  • Discounts on all educational programs
  • 15% off items purchased in the Museum Store
  • Free subscription to the museum's Treasure Times newsletter
  • Two free one-time guest passes and additional guest passes for only $7 (+tax)

For additional information on membership, please contact the museum at 316.263.1311 or by e-mail.


Supporting The Museum 

Considering support of the Museum of World Treasures? Check out critical data about the Museum that will help you make that decision!

Mission: To provide a gateway to the past which educates, entertains, and inspires lifelong learning

Vision: To provide meaningful collection-based learning experiences for the purpose of increasing public awareness and appreciation of our beautifully diverse world

  • Founded – 2001
  • Founders – Jon and Lorna Kardatzke
    • 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
    • Tax Exempt
  • Annual Operating Budget – Approximately $500,000
  • Annual Attendance – Approximately 45,000 (generally increases between three and five percent each year)
  • Annual Student Tour Attendance – Approximately 6,000
  • Expenditure Per Attendee Per Year – Approximately $12 dollars (national average is about $40)
  • Partner with City of Wichita
    • Approximately $20,000 annually from the Cultural Arts Funding Program
    • $60,000 annually via rent reduction
  • Approximately 12,000 artifacts
    • Approximately 75% owned by Museum – ownership increases between one and three percent annually

Exhibits include artifacts from the following cultures/historic time periods

  • Egyptian – Five Mummies – Two Human Mummies
  • Roman
  • Greek
  • Etruscan
  • Mesopotamian
  • Pre-Hispanic
  • African
  • Southeast Asian
  • Natural History – T-rex Ivan – Ranked in the top ten t-rex specimens in the world
  • Berlin Wall – actual section of the original Berlin Wall
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • American Conflicts
    • Revolutionary War
    • Civil War
    • World War I
    • World War II
    • Korean Conflict
    • Vietnam
  • Founding of America – coat owned and worn by Alexander Hamilton
  • Hall of Presidents – signatures of every president on original documents
  • Hall of Royalty – signatures of many royal figures, some major, on original documents
  • Pop Culture
  • Sports
  • Old West
  • Music – manuscripts of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and more
  • Literature – 1632 edition of two works by Shakespeare
  • Rotating Exhibit – currently a treatment of the Berlin experience leading up to and during the Cold War

Recent major projects

  • Museum store and vestibule renovation
  • Complete rebranding
  • Children’s Activity Center renovation (in process)
  • New website
  • Audio tours available on new website (in process)
  • Activity kiosks for children embedded in every exhibit

Activities for children

  • Approximately 200 school tours each year totaling some 5,000 to 6,000 students
  • Family Night – each first Thursday of the month – Just $5 per person with special, educational activities for children
    • Home School Day – Just $5 per person – an annual event intended specifically for home school families featuring special, educational activities for children
  • Week of Heroes – a week-long event in March that focuses on offering children an opportunity to communicate with first responders, active-duty military personnel, and veterans
  • Overnight Camp-ins – overnight camp-ins, at the Museum that include educational activities and a chance to "sleep" with the dinosaurs and other artifacts
  • Customer Appreciation Day – Just $4 dollars per person – an annual event featuring special, educational activities for children
  • Scout workshops – various educational workshops designed specifically for boy and girl scouts
  • School Outreach – our education staff go out into classrooms and offer presentations featuring artifacts that correlate to specific curriculum areas