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Travel 2013: Ellis County museums offer exhibits, exploration





Ellis County museums offer a way to beat the heat this summer with fun that's educational, too.

Sternberg Museum of Natural History will host another "blockbuster summer exhibit," said Reese Barrick, museum director.

"After the Dinosaurs," an animatronics exhibit, will be on display from June 8 to Sept. 8. It includes a wolly mammoth, sabertooth cat and others, he said.

The new temporary exhibit will replace the Explore Evolution exhibit investigating the evolutionary principles in organisms.

"We'll still have the rattlers," he said, referencing the "Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination" educational exhibit of rattlesnakes.

There will be a weekly summer series for children.

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit sternberg.fhsu.edu.

The Ellis County Historical Museum will feature an exhibit of historic churches of Ellis County. Visitors can see the exhibit in the Stone Church.

"We have so many (churches) in this county," said Donald Westfall, the museum's executive director.

The dearly beloved exhibit showcases Ellis County brides' wedding attire. It changes frequently to feature a number of styles and eras.

Additionally, Wild Bill Hickok will make an appearance during Wild West Festival in July.

Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.elliscountyhistoricalmuseum.org.

The Ellis Railroad Museum features model trains, railroad memorabelia and the Burns doll collection, said Glen Keller, museum chairman.

There's also a miniature train ride available. Call the museum at (785) 726-4563 for scheduled times.

The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum in Ellis is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

New display items include a buffalo stole and muff from the Chrysler family, and clothes from the era of Mrs. Walter Chrysler, said Dena Patee, director and manager of the museum.

More information can be found about the Chrysler Home and Museum by calling (785) 726-3636.