About the Museum
Bates County Historical Society & Museum ~ Butler, Missouri
Visitors often comment they are surprised to find a museum of such quality in a rural county! The Bates County Museum is located in what once was originally the County Poor Farm which was built in 1915. On the first floor there is a Visitors Center, Gift Shop, Research Room, and the Eddie Herrman Archives Room. The main exhibits are housed on the second floor which can be reached by stairs or elevator. Located in the West Wing, the TimeLine Room begins with the Osage Indians, then Pioneer life, the Civil War, the prosperity of the 1880s-early 1900s and an extensive exhibit honoring Veterans of all wars including the Cold War during which time Minuteman Missiles dotted the landscape of Bates County. A variety of photos are displayed in the Hall Gallery. Moving to the East Wing, various theme rooms include a General Store, Barber Shop, Music & Arts and many more. Science Fiction author Robert Heinlein, who was born in Butler and never forgot his roots, is honored.
Throughout the Museum, seating is available for periodic rests during your tour. Folks are encouraged to linger and take as long as they like to learn about the unique history of our area. Guided tours are gladly given upon request. Located in the heart of Bates County, the Museum strives to be certain that all visitors will leave here feeling as though they just experienced something more than was expected!