History on the High Plains

The Prairie Museum

The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby retains the history of settlers in the northwest region of the state.

The main building was designed by George Kuska, son of Joseph and Nellie Kuska. The museum is known for the renowned
Kuska Collection, which contains more than 28,000 items including furniture, clothing, quilts, dolls, toys, ceramics, silver
souvenirs and housewares.

The 24 acres of land also comprises a 1930s farmstead, sod house, oneroom school and the Lone Star Church. The Cooper Barn was added to the site in 1992. Its relocation to the museum site was one of the biggest media events recorded in Thomas County history. The Prairie Museum of Art and History serves as a cultural center on the High Plains and provides an opportunity to learn about the art and history from early settlement years. Locate the museum’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PrairieMuseum.


1905 S Franklin Ave.
Colby, KS 67701

Call: (785) 460-4590

Email: prairiem@st-tel.net

Visit: Prairie Museum