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National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia

#31 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Between 1854 - 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, homeless and abandoned children from New York City and large East Coast cities were placed out in families in rural communities across the United States.

The Orphan Train Movement was the beginning of the modern day foster care system. There are over 2 million descendants of orphan train riders today and 1 in 25 Americans has a connection to a rider!

The National Orphan Train Complex is dedicated to preserving the history of the Orphan Trains, and spreading awareness through our depot museum and research center.

Monday: By Appointment

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Closed betwen 12pm and 1pm for noon hour)

Saturday: 10am-4pm

If you are planning on visiting the museum please call ahead to confirm the Complex is open. The Curator may unexpectedly be called away from the Complex.
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  • The museum is very well done. Lots of true stories about the children who were put up for adoption. Great book store.  more »
  • We really liked the stories in the main depot building. The railway car was nice, but it would have meant more if we could have touched the exhibits. Completely understand given pandemic, but just...  more »
  • Very interesting part of history. Many stories of the children to read thru. Or purchase a book from the collection and read at your leisure. Nice stop.
  • Very interesting and sad as well the stories that u learn about . Great place to visit .
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