Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Useful Information

Location: Hutchinson. Near the intersection of Hwy 50 and Yoder Road
Open: All year daily Tue-Sat 9-18, Sun 13-18.
Last tour 16.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Fee: Adults USD 13.50, Children (4-12) USD 8.50, Children (0-3) not allowed.
Classification: MineSalt Mine Permian evaporites
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=20 °C, H=45-50%.
Guided tours:
Address: Kansas Underground Salt Museum, 100 S Walnut, PO Box 1864, Hutchinson, KS 67501, Tel: +1-620-662-1425, Fax: +1-620-259-6134. E-mail: contact
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26-SEP-1887 salt discovered in Reno County.
1923 the first salt mine in Hutchinson opened by the Carey Salt Company.
1958-1961 experiments about storage of nuclear waste by the Atomic Energy Commission.
1923-1965 mine tours to the Carey Salt Company mine.
1959 Underground Vaults and Storage Inc. starts using the halls for storage.
01-MAY-2007 opening of the museum.


Kansas Underground Salt Museum tells its visitors about the salt mining history of Kansas and the still active mines. The museum is located in the mine, so the visit includes an elevator ride, going down 200 m. The mine is toured on a tram, which is the guided part of the visit. There is also an underground museum which is visted on a self guided tour.

Kansas has salt mines since 26-SEP-1887, when salt was discovered in Reno County during the drilling for oil. This was important, as there were no known salt deposits in the area, and salt had to be transported to Kansas from far away. A salt boom started in Hutchinson, and 26 different processing plants were built, all based on the salt solution technique. There are two different technologies used, underground mining and solution with water. Today there are three working underground mines at Kanopolis, Hutchinson, and Lyons.

The mine where the Kansas Underground Salt Museum is located, is still active and is owned and operated by the Hutchinson Salt Company. However there are enormous abandoned parts of the mine, parts are leased by the museum, another one by the Underground Vaults and Storage Inc., who sell secure storage space. One of the biggest customers is Hollywood, most of the major studios use huge valuts to store copies of movies. Most of the best-known movies of all-time, along with reels and reels of film that never made the final cut. The reason is the constant temperature and the dry air, which is ideal to preserve any stored good. Another important reason is the security, both from theft and from terrorist attacks. The vaults have only one entrance and are easy to protect. Since 9/11 the revenue of the company almost doubled.