To preserve and interpret the history and culture of the people who settled and developed Butler County, with emphasis on those industries key to the development of Butler County: Farming, ranching and Kansas oil. Through means of collections, exhibits, educational programs, and a research library, the museum will provide residents and visitors with historical perspectives to help foster a deeper appreciation and respect of our shared heritage.
Collecting History -Connecting people "To educate people and enrich their lives by connecting them to the past."
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 1920s 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. A small admission is charged to see the museum. Our museum is wheelchair accessible, although some outdoor buildings are not.