DESCRIPTION: Originally a Victorian home built in 1887, the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center now promotes, sponsors and preserves the Slavic ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kan., with a wide variety of culturally relevant exhibits and artifacts.
ADDRESS: 720 N. 4th St. Kansas City, KS 66101
LOCATION: Just across I-70 and the Missouri River in the historic Strawberry Hill neighborhood.
WEB SITE: www.strawberryhillmuseum.org
HOURS: Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun
ADMISSION: Adults $7, children 6-12 $3, children under 3 Free
HISTORY: Built in 1887 on a hillside in the aptly named Strawberry Hill neighborhood of downtown Kansas City, Kan., the museum was once the home of John and Mary Scroggs. The property, considered to be the most outstanding example of Queen Anne style architecture in the area, was occupied by the family for 32 years. Following an influenza epidemic and sale of the Scroggs family home, the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King purchased the house in 1919, with plans to open a local orphanage for children of abandoned by the raging illness. Closed in 1988 due to “changing social needs,” the property was then acquired by the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society, a group of residents, including leader Msgr. John W. Horvat, who feared that the home would be destroyed. Today, the Strawberry Hill Museum is a testament to the people of the Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood and their proud ethnic heritage.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Downtown Kansas City, Mo. is less than 10 minutes away.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: The Strawberry Hill Museum comes alive during the holiday season, as the home is filled with beautiful decorations. The ethnic traditions exhibit highlights the holiday celebrations of several countries including Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Italy and Greece, to name a few.
DID YOU KNOW: A celebration of the museum’s previous life as a Catholic orphanage, one of the nun’s living quarters and the sister’s prayer chapel have remained unchanged.
GROUP TOURS: Day or evening tours during the week for parties of 20 or more can be arranged by calling tour director Cathy Kolenda-Smith at 913-721-0081.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the Metro to 345 James St. NB.
From the north: Take I-29/I-35 South to I-70 West exit toward Wichita/Topeka. Exit 423C to Minnesota Avenue/Washington Boulevard. Keep left on Minnesota Avenue. Turn left on N 5th Street, then left onto Armstrong Avenue. Turn right onto N 4th Street and the museum is on the right.
From the south: Take US-71 North and merge onto I-70 West. Take exit 423C to Minnesota Avenue/Washington Boulevard. Keep left on Minnesota Avenue. Turn left onto N 5th Street. Then left onto Armstrong Avenue. Turn right onto N 4th Street and the museum is on the right.
From the east: Take I-70 West to exit 432 C to Minnesota Avenue/ Washington Boulevard. Keep left on Minnesota Avenue. Turn left onto N 5th Street, then left onto Armstrong Avenue. Turn right onto N 4th Street and the museum is on the right.
From the west: Take I-70 East to exit 423A. Continue on N 5th Street. then turn right onto Barnett Avenue. Turn left onto N 4th Street. and the museum is on the left.
PARKING: Street parking is available in front of the museum or in a lot behind the museum.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Adrienne Nastav, curator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-371-3264.