All to Know About the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

It was built 25 years ago through the generosity of hundreds of individuals, as well as Ross and Marianna Beach, Hays. They met while students at what was then called the Kansas State Agricultural College and had their first date near where the museum now stands.

The museum’s programs seek to reflect the positive effect of diversity within the student body, the faculty and staff, the City of Manhattan, the State of Kansas and the world. Exhibitions in the museum often pay tribute to the land and those who care for it. The works of art that you see displayed are among the more than 10000 works in the museum’s collection. Chances are that when you return a few months from now, you'll see different exhibitions.

There are always works here by John Steuart Curry, the best-known Kansas-born artist. Born on a farm in Dunavant near Oskaloosa, Curry is known nationally for his mural of John Brown in the Kansas State Capitol. Works by Curry at the Beach Museum are part of a bequest of 950 works gifted by Curry's widow, Kathleen Curry. There are also works in the museum by Gordon Parks, Fort Scott, the best known Kansas-born photographer. An African-American, he is remembered for his multiple talents and commitment to social justice. This museum owns 200 of his photographs, over 70 of which were commissioned by the Manhattan Mercury.

Our goal is to foster growth in the arts and creative expression for all ages. We hope that exhibitions here encourage you to learn, discuss and enjoy.


The Marianna Kistler Museum of Art furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of Kansas State University by collecting, studying, caring for, and presenting the visual art of Kansas and the region. The Museum's exhibitions and programs connect regional art, culture, and interests with the larger world. 


Art provides a rich terrain for discussion across disciplines. We present encounters with art as opportunities for exploring human experience. 


Individuals think anew about perceptions, personal experiences, and sense of place. 

Current Exhibitions

Voices: Women Artists in the Era of Second Wave Feminism

August 9, 2022 - December 16, 2023

The fight for suffrage propelled the first wave feminism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the 1960s and 1970s a new generation of women took up the cause of equality. Their demands centered on reproductive rights and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Works by women artists in the museum’s collection give insights into voices from this second wave of feminism. Among the artists are Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Jenny Holzer, and Shirley Smith.

Unspoken Bond

Open through July 29,2023

Why do people come together? This exhibition organized in conjunction with the American Library Association’s 2023 summer reading slogan, “All Together Now,” is a visual survey of human relationships and how they form.

Prairie Views

Gallery exhibition: April 5, 2022 -  July 29, 2023

This exhibition gives voice to the prairie and provides opportunities for all ages to discover its form and beauty. The exhibition complements the nearby outdoor Meadow as well as art displayed in other galleries, including Jim Richardson’s photographs of prairie root systems. Prairie Views includes photographs of prairie fires by Larry Schwarm and a collage-print related to the Ogallala aquifer by Lynn Benson, among other images.

Museum Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00a.m. -5:00p.m.

Thursday: 10:00a.m. -8:00p.m.

Saturday: 11:00a.m. -4:00p.m.

Closed Sunday, Monday, & holidays

Free admission & Free parking


Kansas State University
14th St & Anderson Ave
Manhattan, KS 66506

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