Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum

Experience a walk down the street of a 1920's oil boom town while exploring Butler County's history or the beauty of the Kansas Flint Hills.

100 years of history on 10 acres

The rich history of Butler County and El Dorado come alive at the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. Visit the museum today for inspiring exhibits on the Flint Hills, the history of Kansas oil discovery, and much more.

An outdoor Oil Boom Town represents the height of 1920's oil towns that sprang up overnight to provide housing for the droves of people that came to Butler County to find their fortunes in black gold. Working antique oil equipment is featured on the ten-acre grounds as well as the oldest log cabin in the county, a garage full of early 20th century automobiles, and stately representations of our beautiful state tree, the Cottonwood.

Indoors, our main gallery boasts a stunning exhibition on the Flint Hills, Butler County history, and oil development. The Rolla A. Clymer Research Library serves as a valuable research tool for anyone looking for more information about family, local, or state history.

For more information and photos about our exhibits, click on the Exhibits tab above.

A small admission is charged to see the museum. Our museum is wheelchair accessible, although some outdoor buildings are not.

Guided tours, educational tours, and oil equipment demonstrations are available upon request. Call today to book your tour!

Anna Bassford-Woods, Executive Director

Cynthia Clugston, Office Manager

Ardath Lawson, Museum Educator

Mindy Tallent, Curator of Collections

 

Call for more information: 316-321-9333 or email history@kansasoilmuseum.org.