Saturday, December 13, 2014

A visit to Exploration Place, part 3

Today as promised, we heading to a miniature Kansas town.  But first,

we need to see how Exploration place actually came to be,

and what design the architect finally decided on.

HMM.  Lots of kids and people keep showing up in my photos.
Finally a model of the completed Exploration place, and the water that surrounds it.

Not exactly true to the finished museum, this concept model is very well put together.

I was sidetracked by all the movement and noise of children.  There was NO way I was going in there.

Finally, as promised, Kansas in miniature.  You will be amazed by the detail, especially if you have never been to Kansas.  BTW, this was a very, very dark room, and I was surprised my wonderful new camera did as well as it did.

You enter the room from one of two sides.  The room leads you in a half circle as you get to appreciate everything there is to see in a small Kansas town.

Granted, if I hadn't had my camera set to close-up instead of stop action (or maybe it's called sports), this train would not have been so blurry.

I love grain elevators.

Again, the wrong setting, but I still like how this train photo showed movement.

Note the old fashioned drive-in movie theater on the far right of the photo.  It was even playing an old movie.

It's true this is in the northeast part of Kansas.  I know because there are no hills or mountains in central Kansas, where I live.  Just flat land for as far as the eye can see.

I apologize, but because I'm so short, I was taking photos through the fingerprint smudged and intrusive plexiglass barrier.

You know I had to take at least a couple of photos of the carousel.  The various rides were in motion, too.

Kansas used to be as famous for its oil wells as Texas and Oklahoma.  Now our pumps sit still, while fracking takes over.

I hope you enjoyed this look at a small Kansas town from the outskirts of one side to the other.  If nothing else, I'm sure you'll appreciate the miniature detail.  

I hope to wrap up Part 4 sometime next week.  In case you missed any of this fun museum, you can catch up on Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  Please be aware, ALL my links open in a new page.  Thanks as always for joining me.

9 thoughtful remarks:

Corrine at said...

Love exhibits like this. Seeing the history laid out before your eyes. Thanks for sharing your world Elizabeth. xox

AlteredAddict said...

Kansas in miniature was my favorite part of the visit to the exploration center, which seems like eons ago. hell guess it has been at least 10 or 12 years ago, nice to know that they still have it there. I really want to go back again one of these days.

Might even have more fun now that I wouldn't have a 10 year old wanting to run from exhibit to exhibit. lol

froebelsternchen Susi said...

WOW --- love to see Kansas in miniature!
Thank you Elizabeth!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow! I really appreciated this look at Kansas in miniature. I wonder how many years it took to built this with all the amazing detail. I think the carousel and little amusement park were my favorites!

Halle said...

I'm in love with the miniature!!!! I would love to work on something like would be a dream job!

johanna said...

i don´t know Kansas in big, but it is great in miniature! thanks for the trip!

Dianne said...

oh. my. goodness! truly stunning exhibit! I want to know how they made those little trees look so true to life...hmmm. thanks for sharing- loved it!

~*~Patty S said...

That is a wonderful and quite ambitious project...brilliantly done!
You and your camera are indeed getting along very well and we get to enjoy your photos too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love seeing things in miniature so this has ben a real treat pressing my nose against the glass alongside you! Hugs Chrisx