Admission to WAM’s permanent collection galleries is now free to all

Portraits of four white people, three men and one woman, assembled together and taken from paintings in the Wichita Art Museum's Rotunda Gallery

Details of portraits in the Carlene and Lee Banks Rotunda Gallery

The Wichita Art Museum announces today its gift of free general admission to all visitors, all year long. Visitors will no longer be charged general admission to view artwork in the galleries that showcase WAM’s permanent collection, which is owned by the City of Wichita.

“The museum’s founder, Louise Caldwell Murdock, wanted Wichita to have an art museum, and her will established the collection of art by American painters and sculptors as a gift to the city. We want every Wichitan to have access to this incredible collection every day the museum is open,” said WAM Director/CEO Anne Kraybill.

Visitors will no longer pay general admission (previously $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 55+ and $3 for students) to view the museum’s permanent collection galleries. Only the museum’s major, temporary exhibitions will have a special ticket price for adults (children under 18 will always be free). WAM members will continue to receive free admission to major, temporary exhibitions in 2023: Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper (February 18 through May 14); Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass (June 11 through September 10); and Portraits of Hope featuring William H. Johnson and Barbara Earl Thomas (October 8 through January 14, 2024) along with other benefits, such as discounts in the Museum Store.

WAM’s Access-For-All campaign will continue to be supported by Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty. Thanks to the endowed fund he created with the Wichita Foundation, admission to major, temporary exhibitions will be just $3 to WAM visitors using EBT cards who participate in SNAP benefits. Mr. Sandlian’s generous donation also will support free admission on one Saturday during each temporary exhibition, which will coincide with the museum’s Family ArtVenture program.

WAM Director/CEO Anne Kraybill is available for media interviews. Call Teresa Veazey, public relations manager, at 316-268-4985 or email