Bates County Museum

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

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 and pioneer history.

Learn about the Border War and Civil War including the Battle of Island Mound and Orders No. 11.

Other exhibits cover coal mining, railroads, early electricity and communications, the Victorian Age, Veterans and their wars—including the Cold War—and Bates County's Minuteman Missiles.

Contact Information

802 Elks Drive

Butler, MO 64730

Phone: 660-679-0134


Location Type


Site Info

AC / Heating

Bus / RV Parking


Group Meeting Room

Group Tours



Research Library


Wheel Chair Accessible