Wonder Workshop's mission is to promote arts, sciences, and humanities education. The hands-on activities and exhibits offered in this Manhattan, Kansas, workshop and museum instill a desire for life long learning, recognize cultural diversity, and foster creative potential.
The Wonder Workshop started in 1989 when a scientist, special education teacher and principal in Manhattan piloted a three year program intended to address the educational, recreational, and social needs of community youth and their families. The cornerstones of this unique union were after school activities and interactive exhibits meant to unlock the secrets of science, technology, and delving into the rich traditions of diverse cultures.
In 1994, the Children's Museum opened to offer exhibits and programs to the general public.
In 1997, the Wonder Workshop began tours to the Underground Railroad sites located in Riley and Wabaunsee counties. Sharing the rich history of pre-Civil War in Kansas and the contributions of many Americans from diverse racial backgrounds made for our Freedom today!
Wonder Workshop also operates the "Outback Camp" area north of Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Lake. Outback Camp activities include: hiking safaris, science exploration, fossil collecting, story-telling, pottery, drumming, art workshops, business retreats and leader-ship camps. Wonder Workshop travels to festival and schools to share its science and history traveling exhibits through an outreach program.
The after school program is called "Hooked on Clubs" and is held at the museum for students in K-6 grades. We also feature the "Roots of Rhythm" a drumming, singing and dancing group with intergenerational and multiracial members. Participants in this program learn African and African American music and traditions. The group has performed throughout Kansas and has facilitated drum circles in Kansas communities.
The museum is governed by the Board of Directors. Our staff consist of a full-time Director, two part-time employees and fifteen volunteers that take care of the museum's daily operations and its programs.
506 S 4th Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
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