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. 

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Next Event

January 6 - March 7

Museum Closed Holiday Tear Down

The Strawberry Hill Museum will be closed from January 6th – March 7th to restore the museum back to the original home. Happy New Year to everyone and we hope to see you soon.  

Coming Events

  • 07

    Mar, 2020

    12:00 pm
    Museum Opens

    The museum will re-open today at Noon and be open till 5 p.m. with the last tour starting at 4:15 p.m. We will be open every weekend through September, except for major holidays. Check our calendar for details. The Queen Victorian home has been put back together from the “Olde World Christmas”. Come and see …Continue Reading…

Featured Exhibit

Olde World Christmas

The Strawberry Hill Museum is completely decorated for the holidays every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, through the first weekend in January. Come on in anytime from noon until 4:15 pm for a guided tour through the Victorian home, the Orphanage, and the Ethnic Cultural Center that the Strawberry Hill Museum is known for. The decorations, the trees, the lights and all the ethnic groups are decorated for the holiday season. The Tea Room is also open through these same weekends from 1 – 4. Stop in for a tour and then finish it off with a hot cup of soup, quiche or dessert with a cup of tea. No reservations needed for the tours or the Tea Room. (Unless you are a large group of 20 or more, then we appreciate the heads up)

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