End of year note: The museum will be closed for the season starting Monday, December 30th and for the month of January and February. Opening day for the 2014 season is Saturday, March 1st. Mark your calendars!
The Old Depot Museum is located at 135 W. Tecumseh, Ottawa KS 66067. From I-35, take exit #187 onto K-68 highway and go three miles to the intersection with US-59 or Main Street in Ottawa. Turn left onto Main Street and immediately turn right onto Tecumseh. The Depot Museum is just ahead on the right side of the street. The entrance and parking lot are to the west of the museum. Find a convenient map here.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 1-4 p.m. Sun., March-December. Admission fees are: $3 adults, $1 students (any age), and Free for Preschoolers. Every second Sunday all guests are free.
The museum is closed during January and February.
The museum was a gift of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to the Franklin County Historical Society in 1962. It was opened to the public on July 4, 1963. The Society received a federal ISTEA grant in 1996 to completely rehabilitate the structure, reroofing it and adding an elevator and heating and cooling. The reopening of the facility was on July 4, 1999.
The Old Depot Museum was declared a “Star Site” among the partners of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area in 2012.
Click on the first image to read the label of each photo.
The Old Depot Museum, opened 1963
The Santa Fe Passenger Depot, opened 1888