Stories and artifacts depict the remarkable history of Bates County, from the Osage and early settlers to the Battle of Island Mound & Order No. 11, on through the prosperous Victorian age, finishing with Minuteman Missiles dotting the landscape in the early 20th century.


April-Oct: Tues-Fri: 9:30 am-4 pm; Saturday: 9:30 am-12 pm

Adult $5
Age 6-17 $2
Under age 5 - free
Members - free

Contact Information

802 Elks Drive
Butler, MO 64730
Phone: 660-679-0134

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Site Info

AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Research Library
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Bates County Museum is located in a beautiful two-story, red brick building, built in 1915, that was originally the County Poor Farm. Sitting on the northwest edge of Butler, Missouri, the Museum is home to an incredible collection of artifacts and extraordinary exhibits. The stories of local history seem to come alive when visitors meander through the rooms and hallways. A warm welcome by the staff and an invitation to linger and learn makes a visit to the Bates County Museum both memorable and enjoyable. Discover local Osage Indian & Pioneer history and learn about the Border War & Civil War including the Battle of Island Mound and Orders No. 11, Coal Mining, Railroads, early Electricity and Communications, Victorian Age Theme Rooms, and Veterans and Their Wars, including the Cold War and Bates County's Minuteman Missiles. The Bates County Museum: MORE THAN YOU EXPECT!

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