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El Dorado Museums

Four different museum venues in El Dorado offer a spectrum of historic and art exhibits that are each uniquely fascinating.

- Butler Co. History Center/Kansas Oil Museum
383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042
Today's Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM - 4 Locations >
- Coutts Memorial Museum of Art
110 N. Main
El Dorado, KS 67042
< Today's Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM - 4 Locations >
- WWII History Center
119 W. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042
< Today's Hours: Closed - 4 Locations >
- El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame
210 N. Griffith
El Dorado, KS 67042
< Today's Hours: Closed - 4 Locations
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Butler History Center/Kansas Oil Museum

Eureka! The discovery of oil at the Stapleton #1 oil well in 1915 brought big changes to El Dorado and altered its history forever.  At the Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum one may step back in time and relive this extraordinary period of oil exploration through the meticulous research and excellent exhibits.

A visitor can tour an actual pumphouse and two styles of operational drilling rigs, a shotgun style house from company town Oil Hill, and view a wealth of artifacts and equipment from the early days of oil discovery. The collection of vintage operational oilfiled equipment is the best in the nation, and the 1920's historic oil boom town, recreated on the museum's 10-acre grounds, exports the visitor back to that formative time.

Glory of the Hills. El Dorado is situated on the western edge of the Flint Hills, the beautiful ten thousand-year-old tallgrass prairie, one of the last remaining ecosystems of this type. The History Center's permanent exhibit, Glory of the Hills, 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.

The exhibits are complimented by a gift shop and 4,000 volume research library. Check the events calendar on their page for special events. Admission is $4 adults, $3 Seniors, $2 students, free for children 5 and under.

Coutts Memorial Museum of Art

This museum/gallery, established by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. as a memorial to his late son, is an unexpected delight. Over 1,000 works are housed behind the classic columns, including a fine collection of Prairie Printmakers' prints, works by Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic James and a number of fine regional painters.

Special exhibits featuring notable artists rotate regularly, including the national Paint the Parks exhibit each year. Each third Tuesday at noon, the Coutts hosts a Brown Bag luncheon, featuring programs which highlight the arts such as musical performances and art demonstrations. Check their page for upcoming events.

In the alley way on the north side of the museum is Sculpture Alley, featuring a tile mosaic mural by Phil Epp and Terry Corbett, bronze statues "His Brand" by Gene V. Williams and "In Flight" by Jim Brothers. On Main Street in front of the museum is the sculpture "Tell Me About It" by local artist Frank Jensen. All of these are part of the El Dorado Main Street Artscape Public Sculpture Program.

Admission to the museum and to the Brown Bag programs is free. 

WWII History Center

The Center is dedicated to the history of the World War II era, and showcases information about the war on European, Pacific and Home fronts. The Center strives to educate all generations about the reasons for the war and the profound impact WWII had on the world. The Center consists of a tribute gallery, research library, exhibits and gift shop. Admission free with $2 per person suggested donation.

El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball enthusiasts can travel through local history at the historic McDonald Stadium, a 1940 WPA project, and El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame, an on-site museum featuring memorabilia of our local "boys of summer" heroes.

The museum fulfills its mission to honor those making outstanding contributions to baseball in El Dorado by exhibiting baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs and memorabilia which focus on the history of the game, its players and Hall of Fame members.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is open by appointment by calling Sam Leben at 316-321-2357, El Dorado Parks Department at 316-322-4975 or El Dorado Recreation Department at 316-321-9100.

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In Flight in Sculpture Alley