The Stauth Memorial Museum contains three permanent collections for visitors to enjoy time and time again. While the Special Exhibitions Gallery has rotating exhibits that change about every six weeks, these three permanent collections remain staples at the Stauth Memorial Museum.
The Stauth Memorial Museum features the travel adventures of Claude and Donalda (Donnie) Stauth, long-time residents of southwestern Kansas. The permanent exhibit Around the World highlights their collection of artifacts from their travels to 95 countries on 6 continents. On each trip the Stauths collected whatever appealed to them. Not just your everyday souvenirs, but indigenous art, musical instruments, costumes, animal statues, tribal hunting weapons, and more.
In all, Claude & Donnie’s travel adventures lasted almost 40 years. They took 23 international trips, of which two were around-the-world-tours (1958 and 1967). They traveled extensively in central Africa and southeast Asia. With quality photographic equipment, and Donnie’s experience as a professional photographer before she met and married Claude, the Stauths took over 10,000 colorful slides of their travels. They photographed both famous sites and everyday life in the places they visited. These pictures are highlighted throughout their exhibit. Learn more about the Around the World collection.
The Fry Wildlife Collection is one of Kansas’ most extensive collections of North American and exotic game animals, including former record-breaking specimens. The collection is a must see for all hunters and sportsmen. You’ll even get the chance to feel the real fur of animals that you normally only see in the wild! Learn more about the Fry Wildlife Collection.
The Wall Western Collection is the newest addition to the Stauth Memorial Museum. The collection features 19 authentic Frederic Remington bronze reproductions, plus other famous western bronzes. This collection is the life-long passion of Montezuma resident Howard Wall, who has graciously permanently loaned them to the Stauth Memorial Museum for visitors to enjoy. Learn more about the Wall Western Collection.
Stop by the Stauth Memorial Museum to see these outstanding collections and don’t miss the latest exhibition on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery! To see what’s on display now and what will be coming to the Stauth Memorial Museum next, checkout the Museum Calendar. If you have questions about the museum, contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!