Museum Exhibits

The Riley County Museum offers various exhibits for the public to view that are all free of charge.

Riley County Historical Museum Current Exhibits

"The Land and the People"-

 Learn about Riley County's founding and the unique stories of its history.

"Celebrating a Century of History and Heritage: The Riley County Historical Museum" -

This exhibit showcases over one-hundred artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Some of these notable objects include a section of the original seating from the Wareham Opera House, a penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, and a hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. 

"Service over There, Support over Here: World War I and Riley County" - 

In this exhibit, learn about the unique stories of soldiers from Riley County and the community’s response to the War through a variety of artifacts, documents, and photographs. One of the most prominent objects on display is the large service plaque (also known as the service flag) created in 1918 with the hand-painted names of 1,009 Riley Countians who served during the War. Many relatives of the individuals listed on the plaque still reside in Riley County today.

Temporary Outreach Exhibits in Riley County

"Modernizing Manhattan: The 1920's"

This exhibit features select objects that exemplify life in Manhattan during the 1920's. It is available for viewing normal business hours, This exhibit is available for viewing at the Riley County Courthouse and open normal business hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

"Rhythm in Riley: A Look at Music History in Riley County"

This exhibit features various historical photographs related to music history in Riley County, as well as a variety of musical instruments. This exhibit is available for viewing at the Manhattan Public Library (629 Poyntz Ave.), located in the entry foyer, and open normal business hours. 

The exhibit coincides with the Manhattan Public Library's summer reading program "Libraries Rock!"

Also visit our other historical sites.