Our History

The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas. The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the many nationalities of Kansas City residents. Built in 1887, the the core building is an outstanding example of Victorian Queen Anne Style architecture and was home to the Cruise-Scroggs family for 32 years. In 1919, the mansion was opened by the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King, to care for children orphaned during the 1918 influenza pandemic. The orphanage, operated in connection with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, closed in 1988 for conversion to the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society. 

Featured Immigrant Nationalities

Next Event

December 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Breakfast with St. Nick

Again this year, St. Nicholas has included us in his flight plan and will be arriving Saturday, December 2rd from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. A $10 fee will include breakfast, a visit with St. Nicholas and one picture. If your child wishes to only visit St. Nicholas for the picture, the fee is only …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Dec, 2017

    6:30 pm
    Nighttime Tour

    Want to really get into the Christmas spirit, consider a nighttime tour of the Strawberry Hill Museum. During these evening tours, the museum will be illuminated using Victorian oil lamps and special Christmas lighting. It’s a fun time so plan to take advantage of one of these tours. Drinks and desserts will also be served. …Continue Reading…

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    Dec, 2017

    6:00 pm
    Nighttime Tour

    Want to really get into the Christmas spirit, consider a nighttime tour of the Strawberry Hill Museum. During these evening tours, the museum will be illuminated using Victorian oil lamps and special Christmas lighting. It’s a fun time so plan to take advantage of one of these tours. Drinks and desserts will also be served. …Continue Reading…

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    Dec, 2017

    12:00 pm
    CHRISTMAS EVE – Museum Closed

    Merry Christmas Eve! The Strawberry Museum and Ethnic Society would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas early. Thank you and God Bless.

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    Dec, 2017

    12:00 pm
    NEW YEARS EVE – Museum Closed

    Happy New Years Eve! The Strawberry Museum and Ethnic Society would like to wish you and your family a New Years Eve early. Thank you and God Bless.

Featured Exhibit

“Olde World Christmas”

Beginning November 4th, the Olde World Christmas opens at Strawberry Hill Museum. Victorian era decorations will adorn the mansion and the ethnic rooms will be filled with Christmas season “Olde World” traditions. Guided tours run from Noon – 4:15 and will take you through each of the decorated rooms. 

In addition to our permanent ethnic exhibitors, there will be displays representing Mexico, Ireland and African-American cultures. Additional space has also been added to display German, Italian and Belgium traditions. There are also new items in the Gift Shop, so make sure you stop by after your tour and pick up those unusual gifts for your family and friends.

The Tea Room will also be open every weekend from 1 pm to 4 pm. Stop in and enjoy a homemade dessert and a hot cup of tea either before or after your tour.

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