The Museum

About the Museum

Your journey through the 64,000 square foot museum takes you around the world to experience the delicate symmetry between humans, animals and nature in seven unique regions from the arctic to the rainforest.

As you enter the Museum at Rolling Hills, you begin to sense something special. It’s just after sunrise, and even before you see the gathering pride of lions, you hear the birds and other sounds of the African plains. Our state-of-the-art animatronic human robots narrate stories of how they weave the thread of their existence into the delicate balance of life. As you move through the varieties of foliage and landscaping, you’ll see and hear the natural environments of each section of our world.

The Museum also features the Helen L. Graves Hideaway Hollow education center with hands-on interactive ways to explore and learn about the wonderful animals on our planet, and discover what surprises await you in our 2,000 square foot Earl Bane Gallery area.

From art shows to robotic bugs, something new and exciting will always be on exhibit in this area. 

Earl Bane Gallery

Your museum visit will be enhanced by a stop at the Earl Bane Gallery. This 2,000 sq. ft. room is dedicated solely to traveling exhibits. From wildlife art to hands-on interactive exhibits, the gallery offers guests something new and exciting that is constantly changing.

The opportunity to view any gallery exhibit is included with your admission. 
Featured in the Earl Bane Gallery:
The Art & Science of Arachnids
April 21 - September 3
This exhibit explores the fascinating world of spiders, scorpions, and their kin through science, culture, literature, folklore, pop culture, art and over 100 live species of arachnids. Whether you love them or fear them, one thing is certain – you'll be amazed by these 8-legged marvels.

Art Gone Wild Gallery Show
September 29 - January 6
This year’s Art Gone Wild Gallery Show will include over 100 juried pieces by regional artists in a variety of mediums, techniques and subject matter.

Do you know an artist who may be interested in participating in the Art Gone Wild Plein Air Event and/or Gallery Show? 

CLICK HERE for details & to REGISTER.

Animatronics


One fascinating aspect of the museum at Rolling Hills Zoo is the animatronics. Our animatronics are realistic robotic figures of humans. 

Throughout the museum's different ecosystems, several animatronics interact with one another and the viewer, and contribute dialogue about the delicate balance between man, wildlife and nature.

Some animatronics highlights in the museum include real life, historically accurate replicas of Native Americans, a Hindu snake charmer, American cowboys, Rainforest natives and hunting Eskimos.

Take your museum tour today and discover how people lived in different times and how they live in different cultures around the globe.

Thank You to our Sponsors:

ADM

Advantage Trust Company

A Friend of the Zoo

Arrow Printing, Inc.

Earl Bane Foundation

Hal J. & Eleanor L. Berkley & Family

Lila A. Berkley & Lila Jean Alexander

Bennett Buick GMC

Mark & Jane Berkley

Mike Berkley Family

Bennington State Bank

Capitol Federal Savings

In Honor of Gary Clarke, Emeritus of the Topeka Zoo - Robert Jenkins

Tom & Lou Ann Dunn

Excel Security Systems

First Bank Kansas

R. E. "Bob" Garrison Family

Gleason & Son Signs, Inc.

Helen Graves

Marjorie Hamilton - by Brian Hamilton and Ron & Pat Bullock

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Lance Hassler - by his Family and Daughters

In Memory of Lee Haworth & Mrs. Louise Haworth

Dee Quade & Eldon Hyle

In Honor of Abby, Hannah & Julia Jabs - David & Ann Samuelson

Joe & Audrey Kroneberger

Marshall Motor Company

Don C. & Florence M. McCune Foundation

Aaron Morrison
In Memory of Mrs. Milton "Becky"
Morrison

Kenneth Morrison Family

Richard & Sallie Morrison

Roger & Sissy Morrison

Marge Morrow & the late Norm Morrow, DVM

Steve Murrison Agency LLC

In Memory of "Blondie" - Jim Pangrac, Terry, Wendy & Butch

In Memory of John Bennet - Pepsi/Mahaska Bottling Company

For Lucy the Elusive Calico Chesire Cat - Percy

In Memory of Joe Ritter - Mark Ritter & Karrie Sullivan

Ryan Mortuary, Inc.

Al & Doris Schwan Foundation

The Schwan Food Company

Charles
& Debra Stevens

Straub
International, Inc.

The
Bank of Tescott

Cork & Ella Umphrey

John F. Vanier Family Foundation

The Salina Vortex Family

Carolyn Walker

Dr. Kermit G. Wedel, MD & Kathleen Wedel Trust

Kermit & Kathleen Wedel

In Memory of Tom & Minnie Wikoff - Helen Graves

Norm & Kristy Yenkey

Travis, Melanie, Liam and Aidan Young