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Garden of Eden

305 East 2nd Street, Lucas, Kansas 67648 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sat 1p
  • Independent

“Bizarre art.. and home of the glass coffin!”

Home to strange folk art and political art. “S.P. Dinsmoor, retired Civil War Veteran, started building the Cabin Home and Garden of Eden in 1904, at the age of 64. His sculptures are as interesting as his biography, with each and every element having a story to tell.” Dinsmoor's concrete sculptures soar over visitors' heads, silhouetted against the Kansas sky. From grieving widows to a conquering Goddess of Liberty, scoundrels and grafters of society to sweetly sentimental portraits, explore some of the images captured at the Garden of Eden... Perhaps the strangest part about the Garden of Eden is the fact that it's creator's body can be viewed in it's glass-sided tomb right on the premises! As you peer in, you can see SP Dismoor's head, green with moss.  Dinsmoor , the artist and social commentator, spent the years between 1907 and 1928 creating the Cabin Home and the Garden of Eden. He located his sculptural environment in a residential area, within walking distance of Main Street businesses and visible from the principal railroad track. It appears that Dinsmoor selected the location with the public in mind. The environment was a popular attraction; income from visitors' admission fees provided a degree of financial security for Dinsmoor and his family. He welcomed visitors and led tours of the site while the work was in progress. The Garden of Eden is best experienced in person. Guided tours tell the stories behind the sculptures and tales from the colorful life of Garden of Eden creator, S. P. Dinsmoor. Located in Lucas, the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas.

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Reviewed by
dowen.polzin

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 07, 2014

A must see if you pay extra you can see the guy that built this I am not sure how long he has been dead

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jacijl

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 09, 2016
Rated 4.0

Super fun little stop, if you like the oddness that people get up to with tons of time in their hands. Great tour guides, it was $7 on 8/8/16, and very enjoyable.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
joe.hirsch.39

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite places in Kansas. Very worth the trip to visit this unique place.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shirley.donnelly1

  • 10 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
April 12, 2014

It's quite interesting worth a visit

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Meghan

  • 30 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 02, 2017
Rated 5.0

This place is fantastic. Enjoyed learning about this quirky (and talented) artist and seeing his work (plus... his skeleton). A very cool stop off the highway.

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Garden of Eden

305 East 2nd Street
Lucas, Kansas
67648 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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