Preserving our History, Sustaining our Heritage.

Bates County Historical Society and Museum

The Bates County Historical Society and Museum in Butler, MO exists with a mission to preserve and promote the historical heritage of Bates County. We do so through preservation, education and by participating in historically significant events throughout the year.  Your membership in the Historical Society not only gives you access to the rich history archived in the museum, but gives you a sense of accomplishment that you have been a part or preserving our history for the generations to come.  The Museum grounds make a great place for school groups and tours with ample parking, handicapped access and Robertson Hall for dinners, meetings, receptions and events.

Visit our museum to view a mural depicting the Battle of Island Mound that took place in Southwest Bates County in 1862, and the heroic efforts of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry – the first black soldiers to serve in the U.S. Army.


The Bates County Museum works with community organizations to promote the heritage of our area through educational programs, providing speakers, special tours, historical memorial events, re-enactments and more.  More info>>>

Robertson Hall is our meeting room that is available to rent for meetings receptions and more. More info>>>


  • The Osage & First White Settlers
  • Battle of Island Mound
  • Order #11 – 1863 Depopulation
  • General J. O. Shelby, US Marshall
  • Coal Mining and Railroads
  • Courthouse, Sheriffs & the Law
  • Veterans & Wars
  • Robert Heinlein, Sci-Fi Master
  • Minuteman Missiles in our Midst
  • Paintings, Portraits & Photos
  • 8 Victorian Age Exhibit Rooms