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Fick Fossil and History Museum in Kansas
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:
Others donated works of 'folk art" to the Fick Museum, too.
Closer look at the above Diorama in the Fick History Museum: - Ride 'Em Cowboy!
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]!"
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)