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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042
USA

Galleries & Exhibits

INDOOR GALLERIES

Glory of the Hills is a permanent exhibit showcasing the Flint Hills and all of its natural beauty.  The exhibit depicts the Flint Hills as a land full of possibilities.  Historic photographs and artifacts explore the lives of early inhabitants, settlers, and farmer/ranchers who grazed their huge cattle herds on the rich bluestem grasses.

Children are welcome to play and explore in our special hands-on exhibit, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the working scale models of an oil refinery and rotary rigs.  Our indoor gallery also features The Story of Oil in Butler County and many other displays, including fossils, geology specimens, the Butler County Court House, and numerous other artifacts from our county’s history. 


HISTORIC BOOMTOWN

Step outside and explore what life was like in a 1920s oil boom town!  Along the boardwalk, you can browse through the General Store, explore the Doctor’s Office, learn about early printing in the Print Shop, and check out the Landman’s Office for oil prospects!  Our journey into the past includes many authentic historical buildings, such as an oil company lease house, a Tin Lizzy, a 19th century log cabin, and a one room school house.


VINTAGE OIL EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES

The outdoor living history grounds also feature a wide range of oil equipment that includes working cable tool rigs and pump jacks.  Also on display are our antique vehicles: 1921 and 1926 Model T Ford trucks, a 1914 International truck, and a 1950 Ford F-3 truck.