Kansas Statehouse, history museum reopened to the public in June


TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Statehouse and State Museum of History in Topeka will reopen to visitors next month.

The reopening of the two buildings was announced on Wednesday by the State Historical Society, which organizes tours of the Statehouse near downtown Topeka and operates the museum west of Topeka. Both had been closed to the general public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Statehouse Visitor Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday starting June 1. While groups can request guided tours of the building, tours of the dome will not be offered.

The Museum of History will reopen on June 2 and visitors will be allowed 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

Sixteen Kansas State Historic Sites are also open.

The announcement regarding the Statehouse and the Museum of History came as the State Department of Health and Environment reported that 40.5% of the state’s 2.9 million people had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

The health department said nearly 1.18 million Kansas residents received at least one vaccine and about 920,000 received a second dose of two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer or Moderna.

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