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Fick Fossil and History Museum in Kansas

Updated on July 28, 2015

A Fun and Educational Place to visit in Oakley, Kansas

If you take Exit # 76 on I-70 in Kansas and head south, you will find a charming museum in Oakley.

Oakley is a small town, so you should have no trouble finding the Fick Fossil and History Museum.

If you do get lost, just look for the library. It shares the building with the natural history museum.

The Fick Museum has a number of interesting large dinosaur fossils from Kansas, many old tools, mineral specimens, and shell & mineral folk art. Most of the exhibits have more info about who contributed them than about the exhibits - which is NOT a bad thing. In fact, it is quite interesting to see who the folks are that chose to live way out here. It is, also, interesting to see what the locals did to occupy their time in this seemingly lonely state!

The Fick Museum's small gift shop offers rocks, minerals, fossils, books, and jewelry. Prices in the gift shop start at less than 25 cents.

The Fick Fossil and History Museum is open seven days a week in summer, with shorter hours in winter. There is a link to this Kansas history museum website below; it has more information and better quality photos of the exhibits. My iPhone took "passable" photographs, but no one would want to copy them.

[All photos taken on our iPhone in 2009]

What Mrs. Fick did to occupy her time on the plains of Kansas:

She used whatever was handy to make works of "folk" art.

Most of the folk art in this museum was created by Mrs. Vi Fick.

Her Image is to the right.

She evidently had a lot of time to create these pieces - or she never slept. I am sure that her life was quite full.

One of Mrs. Fick's "Paintings": - This Folk Art hangs on the wall in this natural history museum in the Sunflower State.

Mrs. Fick, the artist, used whatever she could find to create her "folk art". If you look closely you might see some sea shells embedded in the paintings. Yes, Kansas was once under water.

Another of Mrs. Fick's creations on display in this Kansas history museum: - Natural History Museum you must see!

Even though Kansas is the "Sunflower State" Mrs. Fick did not focus on that flower in her folk art.

What Mrs. Fick used in her Fossil Paintings: - Flowers from the Past!

Yes, Kansas was once an inland sea:

As stated before, Kansas was under an inland sea in the prehistoric past. Here are several sites that will confirm it:

'Shell Crusher' Shark Swam Cretaceous Kansas.

Oceans of Kansas Palentology

Others donated works of 'folk art" to the Fick Museum, too.

Sorry for the poor quality. Taken with an iPhone.
Sorry for the poor quality. Taken with an iPhone. | Source

Closer look at the above Diorama in the Fick History Museum: - Ride 'Em Cowboy!

Closer look at the above photo. Taken with an iPhone.
Closer look at the above photo. Taken with an iPhone. | Source

To find out more about the Fick Fossil and History Museum in Kansas:

Fick Museum - the website!

Find a book about fossils! - A good book is hard to beat for learning something!

Driving Across Kansas! - There is more than you can see!

I used to think that the drive through Kansas on I-70 was the dullest trip in the world. Then I started to read some of the road signs and talked my husband into taking some side trips.

This book seems to have made some of the same discoveries that I did. If you take the advice here, you can find out why Dorothy thought there was "No Place Like Home [in Kansas]!"

Sunflower for Kansas Day
Sunflower for Kansas Day

Happy Kansas Day!

This sunflower day is in January.

Visit Skip to my Lou to learn how to make a sunflower to celebrate Kansas! This website is one of my very favorites for learning great crafts.

(image is from Skip To My Lou website)

Find out so much more about the state of Kansas:

Comments Welcomed! - They don't even have to be about Kansas!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @CampingmanNW: I have not been to KS in a while. Must try to go west again very soon.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      Nice lens. My ancestors are from NW Kansas. (Dresden/Hoxie area. I enjoyed reading your research on the Fick museum.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      sorry, the click out was from my Dillon's Nature Center lens.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      great lens! I happened to run across you while looking at the stats of my Cosmosphere lens and seeing that one visit had clicked over from this lens.

      I've actually not heard of this museum until now.

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! Looks like an interesting place to visit! 5*'s!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've found some real gems in small towns--wonderful art galleries and small museums. I don't know if I'll be driving through Kansas any time soon, but if I were passing through Oakley, I'd definitely make a stop to check this out. I'll bet they never expected to be featured on Squidoo.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Nice!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful Information lens love it 5*s

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Sweet Old Museum! They are always so interesting and rich in history. Thanks for sharing your holiday. :)

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent! I'm lensrolling to my "Weird and Wonderful in Kansas" lens.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      I lived in Kansas for a while and never knew this museum was here! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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      CleanerLife 7 years ago

      That's an interesting museum, that's for sure. Never heard of anything like it before.

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      Trina Sonenberg 7 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      Your lens is absolutely wonderful. Great information. Thanx for sharing.

      Have an awesome day!

      Trina

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! It we're ever in Kansas, we may very well stop at that museum; my son loves dinosaurs! Thanks for the introduction and tour of Kansas!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      very cool, I had never heard of this before