Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Kansas Underground Salt Museum plans to throw itself a 5-year birthday party next Monday.
Organizers of the event say they want to note the anniversary as a way to thank everyone who helped make the museum possible.
The museum offers tours in a still-functioning salt mine operated by the Hutchinson Salt Co.
The museum opened in 2007 but no grand opening was ever held because the museum has been developed in stages.
More than 46,000 people visited in the museum's first eight months in 2007. In 2008, when the museum was named one of the "Eight Wonders of Kansas," there were 58,305 visitors. Since then, the number of visitors has fluctuated between 53,000 and nearly 56,000.