West African & Ethnographic Collections
Ceremonial masks, carved figures, musical instruments, swords, jewelry and textiles from four regions of West Africa are permanently exhibited. Our galleries feature the art and artifacts of over thirty ethnic groups, and includes a dramatic life-size Tyi Wara Dance diorama. This collection is the finest of its kind in the Midwest.
In addition we have a strong collection of art and artifacts from other regions of Africa, as well as from locales such as British North Borneo and the south seas islands explored by Martin and Osa Johnson.
If you have collected ethnographic artifacts that you would like to donate, please call 620-431-2730 or email the museum to talk to the curator today. As a non-profit organization, we cannot afford to purchase artifacts, but donations are tax deductible!