Our mission is to promote arts, sciences, and humanities education. Our hands-on activities and exhibits instill a desire for life long learning, recognizing our cultural diversity, and foster creative potential.


Hours

Open to the Public: Wed 10 am-noon, Sat 10 am-1 pm
​Groups may schedule a visit: Mon-Thurs 9 am-2 pm

Contact Information

506 S 4th Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-776-1234
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Location Type

Kid-friendly
Museum
Natural Area

Site Info

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The Wonder Workshop started in 1989 when a scientist, special education teacher and principal in Manhattan piloted a three year program intended to address the educational, recreational, and social needs of community youth and their families. The cornerstones of this unique union were after school activities and interactive exhibits meant to unlock the secrets of science, technology, and delving into the rich traditions of diverse cultures.

In 1994, we opened our Children's Museum's doors and offered exhibits and programs to the general public.

In 1997, the Wonder Workshop began tours to the Underground Railroad sites located in Riley and Wabaunsee counties. Sharing the rich history of pre-Civil War in Kansas and the contributors many Americans from diverse racial backgrounds made for our Freedom today!

The year 2000 marked the opening of our "Outback Camp" area north of Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Lake. At the Outback Camp we offer activities such as: hiking safari, science exploration, fossil collecting, story-telling, pottery, drumming, art workshops, business retreats and leader-ship camps. Wonder Workshop offers to festival and schools its science and history traveling exhibits through their outreach program.

The after school program is called "Hooked on Clubs" and is held at the museum for students in K-6 grades. We also feature the "Roots of Rhythm" a drumming, singing and dancing group with intergenerational and multiracial members. They share music and traditions coming from Africa and African-Americans. The group has performed throughout Kansas and has facilitated drum circles in Kansas communities.

The museum is governed by the Board of Directors. Our staff consist of a full-time Director, two part-time employees and fifteen volunteers that take care of the museum's daily operations and its programs.

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