Kansas Oil Museum

Kansas Oil Museum 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 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.

How does “the Road to Ivanpah” connect this area to the origins of the National Geographic Society? What do famous e...
06/26/2019

How does “the Road to Ivanpah” connect this area to the origins of the National Geographic Society? What do famous explorers, the Boy Scouts, & a Postmistress have in common with a location that now hosts only an old one room schoolhouse?
Come to Dr Jay Price’s presentation at the Kansas Oil Museum tomorrow, Thursday June 27th at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $15 or $10 for KOM Members. Limited seating available, purchase your tickets today to ensure your seat! 316/321-9333

Dr Jay M. Price directs the Public History Program at Wichita State University. His publications include Gateways to the...
06/24/2019

Dr Jay M. Price directs the Public History Program at Wichita State University. His publications include Gateways to the Southwest: The Story of Arizona State Parks, Wichita, 1860-1930, Wichita's Legacy of Flight, and El Dorado!: Legacy of an Oil Boom, plus more found in the Gusher Gift Shoppe at the Kansas Oil Museum.
He and his students completed a history of the Cherokee Outlet Land Rush of 1893. He turned his history of the El Dorado oil boom into a film documentary, also available at the KOM Gift Shoppe. His other writings include works on local history, the history of tourism, regional identity, and American sacred architecture. A member of the Kansas Humanities Council speakers bureau and board of trustees, he has delivered the talks, "Reading Roadside Kansas," “Sacred Landscapes of Kansas,” and “Temples for a Modern God," a study of mid-twentieth century sacred architecture.
The Kansas Oil Museum is honored that Dr Price will be speaking this Thursday, June, 27th at 5:30 pm in the KOM Board Room. The evening’s topic is, “The Road to Ivanpah” about the northeast portion of Butler County. Make plans to join us for this fun & educational event. Tickets are only $15 or $10 for KOM Members. Secure your seat by making a reservation at 316/321-9333 today!

A huge thank you to Community National Bank & Trust for sponsoring the 1st of 5 Summer Speaker & Concert Series tonight!...
06/14/2019

A huge thank you to Community National Bank & Trust for sponsoring the 1st of 5 Summer Speaker & Concert Series tonight! Here’s the hard working crew busy serving ice cream this evening.

Kyle Killgore is entertaining a good crowd on a perfect June night at the Concert on the Green @ the Kansas Oil Museum!
06/14/2019

Kyle Killgore is entertaining a good crowd on a perfect June night at the Concert on the Green @ the Kansas Oil Museum!

Tonight’s activities have begun!Ken Spurgeon’s “Butler County Ghost Towns” talk has filled the Board Room!Food T...
06/13/2019

Tonight’s activities have begun!
Ken Spurgeon’s “Butler County Ghost Towns” talk has filled the Board Room!
Food Trucks are here!
The Ice Cream Social starts in about 15 mins.
Also starting at 6:30 pm is Storytelling with Miss Carol!
Kyle Killgore is setting up for the evening’s concert!
Bring your lawn chairs for a free evening of family fun!
Thank you Community National Bank & Trust for sponsoring tonight!

Our Summer Speakers Series begins tonight, June 13th.Ken Spurgeon kicks off the series with “Butler County Ghost Towns...
06/13/2019

Our Summer Speakers Series begins tonight, June 13th.
Ken Spurgeon kicks off the series with “Butler County Ghost Towns” at 5:30 pm.
The rest of the summer line up includes:
Dr Jay Price - June 27th
“The Road to Ivanpah”
Mark Mannette - July 18th
“Bringing History to Life”
Rachelle Meinecke - Aug 1st
“Augusta to the Rescue”
Orin Friesen - Aug 15th
“The History of Kansas Music”
All speakers begin at 5:30 pm in the Board Room of the Kansas Oil Museum at 383 E Central, El Dorado.
Call 316/321-9333 for tickets. $15 each or $10 for KOM Members.

Maintaining & preserving 10 acres for you to come and enjoy takes a lot of time and materials. We are down here this mor...
06/13/2019

Maintaining & preserving 10 acres for you to come and enjoy takes a lot of time and materials. We are down here this morning getting ready for a new roof on the Lease House! Make sure you stop in to see all of our exciting improvements made this spring!

Wow! El Dorado LOVES Food Trucks! We have seen an outpouring of interest in our Food Trucks on the Green Events!The date...
06/13/2019

Wow! El Dorado LOVES Food Trucks! We have seen an outpouring of interest in our Food Trucks on the Green Events!
The dates so far for this summer are:
June 13, June 27, July 18, August 1, & August 15!
The plan is the same each time. Your favorite Food Trucks will be at the Kansas Oil Museum on the Green from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Admission to the Food Trucks, the Ice Cream Social, the Storytelling, & the Concert each of those evenings is FREE! Since we are a nonprofit museum if you wish to make a donation for the event, it would be greatly appreciated.
We are so excited (& hungry) thinking about all that summer fun!
Come out & show how much you love Food Trucks! (This graphic was borrowed from another page, so thank you to I Love Food Trucks on the West Coast!)

“Butler County Ghost Towns” presentation Thursday, June 13th at 5:30 pm.Historian Ken Spurgeon will be sharing this ...
06/12/2019

“Butler County Ghost Towns” presentation Thursday, June 13th at 5:30 pm.
Historian Ken Spurgeon will be sharing this interesting topic. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Tickets are $15 or $10 for Kansas Oil Museum Members.
Call today to reserve your tickets! 316/321-9333.

Thank you to Community National Bank & Trust for being our sponsors for our evening full of speakers, food trucks, ice c...
06/12/2019

Thank you to Community National Bank & Trust for being our sponsors for our evening full of speakers, food trucks, ice cream, storytelling & a concert coming this Thursday, June 13th all starting at 5:30 pm!!

June 13,2019
Kansas Oil Museum
5:30 - 6:30pm - Summer Lecture Series
"Butler County Ghost Towns"
6:30 - 7:30pm - Storytelling for kids
6:30 - 7:30pm - Free Ice Cream Social
7:30 - 8:30pm - Free Concert

The Summer Lecture Series & Concerts on the Green begin this Thurs, June 13th.Lineup includes:5:30 - 6:30 pm Butler Coun...
06/10/2019

The Summer Lecture Series & Concerts on the Green begin this Thurs, June 13th.
Lineup includes:
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Butler County Ghost Towns
Ken Spurgeon
Museum Board Room
$15/10 Members
All outside events are free, with donations gladly accepted.
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Food Trucks on the Green
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ice Cream Social on the Green
Free Ice Cream for 1st 100
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Storytelling with “Miss Carol”
By Conner Cabin
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Concert of the Green
Kyle Killgore Music
Acoustical Guitarist
Bring your lawn chair to enjoy!
This is a free family event!
No alcohol, smoking or pets on museum grounds, please.
The event is sponsored by Community National Bank. Please tell them thank you for sponsoring this event!

“Butler County Ghost Towns” is a great kickoff to our Summer Lecture Series! Join us at 5:30 pm on Thurs, June 13th ...
06/10/2019

“Butler County Ghost Towns” is a great kickoff to our Summer Lecture Series! Join us at 5:30 pm on Thurs, June 13th at the Kansas Oil Museum to hear historian, educator, author, & award winning film-maker Ken Spurgeon share about Ghosts Towns in this area. Tickets are $15 or $10 for KOM Members. Call today to purchase or reserve yours today at 316/320-9333!

06/05/2019
Kyle Killgore Band

If you missed Kyle Killgore performing at the Wichita Riverfest today come out and enjoy his concert at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 13th!
This family friendly event is free and open to the public! Bring your lawn chair, your family & friends to enjoy delicious meals from the Food Trucks starting at 6:00 pm, the Ice Cream Social at 6:30 pm along with Storytelling with "Miss Carol" and settle in to relax during the 1st of 5 Free Summer Concerts on the Green here at the Kansas Oil Museum, 383 East Central, El Dorado, Kansas! Call 316/321-9333 for more information!

Glimpse of our song Play Me, performed at the @wichitariverfest.

A HUGE thank you to Loren Jack and his crew from Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking! We needed help today with a major exhibit ...
06/03/2019

A HUGE thank you to Loren Jack and his crew from Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking! We needed help today with a major exhibit move showcasing the Oil Industry here in Butler County & Kansas. One fast phone call & Loren showed up with his team to help finish today what would have been a 2 day move! Thank you one and all!

Today’s the day! Our extended Saturday Summer Hours begin today!!Come out & enjoy this beautiful day from 9:00 am - 5:...
06/01/2019

Today’s the day! Our extended Saturday Summer Hours begin today!!
Come out & enjoy this beautiful day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Kansas Oil Museum!
So much more than you know!

Kansas State History
05/20/2019
Kansas State History

Kansas State History

On this day in history, May 20, 1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.

Kansas State History
05/20/2019
Kansas State History

Kansas State History

On this day in history May 20, 1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

Where did the holiday come from? It’s definitely more than a hallmark occasion.
05/12/2019
Mother’s Day 2019

Where did the holiday come from? It’s definitely more than a hallmark occasion.

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day 2019 occurs on

05/10/2019
Butler County Genealogical Society

Butler County Genealogical Society

It's hard to believe the month has gone by so fast, but here it is, less than a week before our May meeting. The topic this month is "How to Utilize Your Smartphone or Tablet for Genealogy Research".

When doing your research in the past you may have carried around with you a few notebooks, forms with names and locations of your ancestors, a camera, a few maps, possibly a voice recorder, and then enough change to use the copy machine if there happens to be one available, and a variety of other things……basically, a large bag or brief case which could be bulky and heavy. Today, using your smartphone or table you can have all that plus much more to get the job done.

In our upcoming meeting we’re going to discuss ways to utilize your phone or tablet to make your job so much easier. Please join us Thursday, May 16 at 6PM at the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado, KS. After this discussion, we will have time to talk about your research dreams for the upcoming summer months or help you with questions/roadblocks you may have about your research.

We will not be meeting during the summer months but will start up again on September 19th. We would love some feedback or suggestions from you on topics you would like to discuss for the upcoming 2019/20 term so let us know what you would like to work on.

The Board Room was filled with a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful year at the Kansas Oil Museum Volunteer Apprec...
04/24/2019

The Board Room was filled with a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful year at the Kansas Oil Museum Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Annual Meeting event on April 23rd.
Volunteers & Board Members received KOM travel mugs as a thank you for their service.
Ken Spurgeon, Historical Consultant to the Museum was the guest speaker presenting, “Leaving a Legacy” about the important part museums play in the lives of individuals and communities.
Tamara Johnson, Board President presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Barry Avery in recognition of the many hours he donates to the museum both inside the buildings and keep the grounds beautiful.
Also honored were the 4 Board Members whose terms have come to a close, Trini Findley (not present), Bobbie Jaax, Paula Pepperd, and Rebecca Radford.

Thanks for helping “Rockfest 2019” rock!😊
04/21/2019

Thanks for helping “Rockfest 2019” rock!😊

Thanks everyone for a great day yesterday! Huge thanks to Kansas Oil Museum and The Next Chapter Books and Novelties for having us out. Special thanks to my partner in crime, Baylee for helping me out all day! We are always looking for exciting new places to set up, hit us up if you’d like for us to bring our deliciousness to your location!

Generous Sponsors have donated Gift Baskets full of wonderful items you or someone special will enjoy!If you cannot make...
04/20/2019

Generous Sponsors have donated Gift Baskets full of wonderful items you or someone special will enjoy!
If you cannot make it out to Rockfest today, please post your bids here! We will keep watching & add them to the current bid sheets at the museum.
Thank you for your bid. This is the way we help fund a huge fun & educational event like Rockfest for free to families!

We are so busy here at Rockfest we haven’t had time to post pictures! Here are a few from the 11:30 am Dinosaur Egg Hu...
04/20/2019

We are so busy here at Rockfest we haven’t had time to post pictures! Here are a few from the 11:30 am Dinosaur Egg Hunt. There will be another one at 2:30 pm! Come on out & bring the family to this free event!

Here’s a list of part of the events going on at the Kansas Oil Museum today!
04/20/2019

Here’s a list of part of the events going on at the Kansas Oil Museum today!

Eat a light breakfast this morning because you’ll want to try everything Misfit_Kitchen and Tony Yaghjian have to offe...
04/20/2019

Eat a light breakfast this morning because you’ll want to try everything Misfit_Kitchen and Tony Yaghjian have to offer today in the Food Truck Court at Rockfest from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The event is FREE & open to the public!

Don’t forget this weekend 4/20/19 we will be setup at the Kansas Oil Museum starting at 10a. As a special along with MacStacks and Misfit Nachos we will be offering Buffalo Burger Sliders!!! Be sure to come out and enjoy Rockfest 2019!

Come out & support the Kansas Oil Museum through their Silent Benefit Auction today 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Many find basket...
04/20/2019

Come out & support the Kansas Oil Museum through their Silent Benefit Auction today 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Many find baskets ready for Easter, Graduation or Mother’s Day are ready for you to give (or enjoy yourself)! All funds raised go to benefit your local museum. Thank you for your support!

Amy K Designs will be at Rockfest today (Saturday, April 20th) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with top quality unique locally ...
04/20/2019

Amy K Designs will be at Rockfest today (Saturday, April 20th) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with top quality unique locally made gifts, including those saluting the Oil Industry! If you are looking for that special Easter, Graduation or Mother’s Day Gift, come out today and find the perfect one!
Administration is FREE and the event is open to the public!

Kansas Oil Museum
04/19/2019

Kansas Oil Museum

Kansas Oil Museum
04/19/2019

Kansas Oil Museum

Come out and explore 100 years of history on 10 acres tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) for FREE from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm d...
04/19/2019

Come out and explore 100 years of history on 10 acres tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) for FREE from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm during Rockfest 2019!

Come out for Easter Egg Hunts (Dinosaur Style!) at the Rockfest tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm. I...
04/19/2019

Come out for Easter Egg Hunts (Dinosaur Style!) at the Rockfest tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm.
It’s all part of the fun at the Kansas Oil Museum! Rockfest 2019 is FREE & open to the public so load up the family & come out for the day!

Look for Bruce’s Bulleye Farms at the Rockfest 2019 celebration tomorrow, Saturday, April 20th! They’ll have their c...
04/19/2019

Look for Bruce’s Bulleye Farms at the Rockfest 2019 celebration tomorrow, Saturday, April 20th! They’ll have their cute red barn filled with their delicious jellies and other items!
We will be carrying a selection of their locally made jellies in the Gusher Gift Shoppe so you can continue to enjoy them!

We are set up in the Elementary School Gymnasium in Belle Plaine. Stop in and say Hi. I just love my new jelly barn!

Look for Noble House Hawaiian Food Truck @ tomorrow’s (April 20th) Rockfest 2019! Come down & try them out! The whole ...
04/19/2019

Look for Noble House Hawaiian Food Truck @ tomorrow’s (April 20th) Rockfest 2019! Come down & try them out!
The whole event is free & open to the public!

#alohafriday #lunch 11-1:30 downtown #ictpopuppark then #dinner at #waterwalk 5pm-8pm Friday night at the Fountains

The Dino Dig will have your kids roaring with excitement on this Saturday, April 20th! Come out to “Rockfest 2019” f...
04/18/2019

The Dino Dig will have your kids roaring with excitement on this Saturday, April 20th! Come out to “Rockfest 2019” for a T-Rex-ellent day!
Free Family Fun! Thank you to Sundgren Realty for sponsoring the Dino Dig here at the Kansas Oil Museum!

We are so excited to host Misfit_Kitchen at this year’s Rockfest in the Food Truck Garden! And....among all the delici...
04/18/2019

We are so excited to host Misfit_Kitchen at this year’s Rockfest in the Food Truck Garden! And....among all the delicious offerings, what’s more Kansas than Buffalo Burgers?? Come out & give them a try on this Saturday, April 20th!

Don’t forget this weekend 4/20/19 we will be setup at the Kansas Oil Museum starting at 10a. As a special along with MacStacks and Misfit Nachos we will be offering Buffalo Burger Sliders!!! Be sure to come out and enjoy Rockfest 2019!

We’d like to introduce you to another Rockfest Craft Vendor coming to the Kansas Oil Museum on Saturday. Susie’s Win...
04/18/2019

We’d like to introduce you to another Rockfest Craft Vendor coming to the Kansas Oil Museum on Saturday. Susie’s Wine Bottle Painting by Susan Unruh will be present from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with her hand painted wine bottles!

04/17/2019
Amy K Designs

We are excited to announce that Amy K Designs will have a booth at the Rockfest this Saturday, April 20th from 10 am - 4 pm! She has been busy making Oil Industry themed items! You have to see these locally made items!
We will proudly be carrying Amy K Designs in the Gusher Gift Shoppe so you can pick them up for gifts.....& yourself!

Working on fun items for Rock fest 2019 this Saturday at Oil Museum in El Dorado.
10am-4pm crafts.
Free events for kids!!

Custom by Tracie will have great options for Easter Baskets, Graduations, Mother’s Day & all those other springtime gi...
04/17/2019

Custom by Tracie will have great options for Easter Baskets, Graduations, Mother’s Day & all those other springtime gifts at Rockfest this Saturday, April 20th here at the Kansas Oil Museum! We will also sell some of her creations in the Gusher Gift Shoppe on a regular basis!

Come get your cups this weekend at the craft fair in el dorado! 383 E Central in el dorado at the oil museum from 10-5 🙂

My yard is a tribute to the 1800’s!
04/17/2019

My yard is a tribute to the 1800’s!

04/17/2019
Kyle Killgore Band

Announcing the live music for Saturday’s “Rockfest 2019”.....drumroll please!
Acoustical guitarist, Kyle Kilgore!
Be sure to be at the Kansas Oil Museum by 11 am to enjoy Kyle’s music! (CDs will be available for purchase too!) Check out his page on the link below.
https://m.facebook.com/KyleKillgoreMusic/

Kyle Killgore is a red dirt artist from Wichita, KS.

Sssshhhh! We here at the Gusher Gift Shoppe have a secret! We know where the Easter Bunny finds the unique goodies to fi...
04/17/2019

Sssshhhh! We here at the Gusher Gift Shoppe have a secret! We know where the Easter Bunny finds the unique goodies to fill Easter baskets for happy children!
Come in now through Saturday to find fun and educational gifts & books to ignite imaginations or old fashioned candy & jewelry for everyone on your Easter list! Remember, Members receive 10% off of regular priced merchandise.

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383 E Central Ave
El Dorado, KS
67042

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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(316) 321-9333

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