‘Museum Comes Alive’ in Rugby

People in historical costumes will bring history to life on June 1 from noon to 3 p.m. during the “Museum Comes Alive” event at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby.

“We’ll have people in costume in buildings throughout the village, from the train depot to the church, from the blacksmith shop to the law office,” said Pat Bye, Museum Comes Alive organizer and Friends of the Museum president, in a press release. “Volunteers are gathering information about the times to share with visitors that day. It’s going to be a fun event for all ages.”

Friends of the Museum will be selling pub burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and pop from noon until gone. Picnic tables will be set up throughout the museum grounds.

Prairie Village Museum is made up of six exhibition halls and 23 historic buildings arranged around a village square. Connected by a wood boardwalk, village buildings are furnished as they might have been at the turn of the 20th century. The museum’s collections range from household items, to Native American artifacts, to antique cars, to a real Great Northern caboose.

The Museum Comes Alive is free for Geographical Center Historical Society members. Admission for non-members is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors (65 and older) and college students; $3 for kids ages 7 to 17; and free for ages 6 and under. Memberships, which include a season pass to the museum, are $15 for individuals and $30 for households.

Regular museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sundays. More information on these or other events, visit (, call 776-6414 or email