Beach Art Museum
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art features art from across Kansas and the entire Midwest region, as well as K-State’s permanent art collection of more than 6,500 pieces. Open and free to the public, the museum hosts numerous traveling exhibits, educational activities and social events for all ages.
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art opened in October 1996, due largely to a $3 million gift from Ross and Marianna Beach, Hayes residents who graduated from K-State. Ross Beach orchestrated the donation to honor his wife in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Eight years later the Mary and Morgan Jarvis wing of the museum opened, creating space for three more exhibition galleries, three new art storage areas and more office and work space.
Construction of the 26,000-square-foot art museum was part of the Essential Edge campaign led by K-State First Lady Ruth Ann Wefald in 1990. Prior to its completion, the K-State art collection adorned the walls of various campus buildings and offices. Annual attendance exceeds 25,000 people.