Riley County Historical Museum

Discover the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library.

Admission is free!

Upcoming Programs

Time Travel to the 1880's

From the Manhattan Public Library, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This three-part series looks back at Manhattan and Riley County during the pivotal period of the 1880's.  The series kicks off the 2018 commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the building of the Wolf House at 630 Fremont, Manhattan, constructed by John Frank in 1868.  In 1982 Mrs. Lucile donated the house and a large collection of furnishings to the Riley County Historical Society.

The Society opened the Wolf House Museum in 1983.  The standing exhibit at the Wolf House Museum illustrates Riley County home life in the 1880's.  At the conclusion of the 1880's series a special coordinating tour of the Wolf House will be offered on April 19, 2018.

The programs will be presented by Riley County Historical Museum staff:  Cheryl Collins, Director; Linda Glasgow, Curator of Archives/Library; Corina Hugo, Curator of Collections; Allana Parker, Curator of Design, along with Marla Day, Kansas State University Historic Costume and Textiles Museum Senior Curator and member of the Board of Directors of the Riley County Historical Society.

Program #3, March 15, 2018 @ Manhattan Public Library, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  1. The Beautiful City:  Downtown Manhattan in the 1880's.
  2. Bonnets, Bustles and Boot Straps:  Fashion Fads of the 1880's.
  3. 1880's Eccentrics, Oddities and Interesting Intriguing Wrap-Up:  1880's Fun and Final Thoughts.

Current Exhibits

Learn more about Riley County history through our exhibits!


Learn more about our tours and programs.  For guided tours, by appointment, call 785-565-6490.  Or take yourself on a self guided driving tour (pdf).

Archives & Library

Research Riley County in the research library.  Please call ahead to make an appointment to conduct research in the Fay N. and Dora Seaton Memorial Library and Archives.

Historical Sites

Visit our other historical sites!