Visiting the museum is like taking a step back into the past. Each room is filled with exhibits that highlight Gardner's early heritage. Local residents have donated and loaned hundreds of artifacts to the museum inventory.


Sat -Tue 1-4 pm; Fri 4-7 pm; closed Wed and Thu
Bray House hours: Sat, Tues & Wed 1-4 pm
Admission: Adult $2; Children $1

Contact Information

204 W Main Street
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-4447

Location Type

Living History
Historic Home

Site Info

AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Research Library
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Gardner Historical Museum, Inc., was founded in 2002. One of the first actions of the organization was to purchase this historic Gardner residence. In order to transform the property into a museum site, renovation was performed on the inside, as well as several needed improvements to the outside, including landscaping and parking. Our Grand Opening event occurred on September 20, 2003, and included a ribbon cutting, tours, and dinner.

The Herman B. Foster house was built in the Spring of 1893. A classic example of Folk Victorian architecture, the house was the residence of one of Gardner's early storekeepers, a partner in the Bigelow-Foster Mercantile Company. In 1902, H. B. Foster and his family moved to Colorado Springs due to his health. His last trip back to Gardner was in 1911, when he died, and was buried in the Gardner Cemetery. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 2007.

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N Rankin  |  on 7/21/2019

See the latest exhibit of local families, or see the 1950's house, or see the history of the Three Trails (Oregon, Santa Fe, & California)
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