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Bates County Museum

5
802 Elks Drive
Butler, MO 64730
Phone: 660-679-0134
Tue.- Fri., 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a m.-noon

Artifacts from Osage arrowheads to Minuteman Missiles trace the history of the area. Bates County is home of the Battle of Island Mound that was fought in October 1862 and marked the first time African-American soldiers fought in the Civil War when the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry fought local guerrillas. A large mural and three interpretive panels tell the story of that battle and of Order No. 11.

Eight exhibit rooms and a large TimeLine Room show how people lived and worked: American Indian artifacts; Civil War; coal mining; pioneer memorabilia; veterans and other displays. Sci-Fi legend Robert Heinlein, born in Bates County, is highlighted.

A one-room schoolhouse can be toured. There is a barn for agriculture displays.

Open April-October. Closed holidays.

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GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • gift / souvenir shop
FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • ADA fully compliant
SMOKING POLICY
  • smoking allowed outdoors only
SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
  • All ages
  • teens (13-18)
PET POLICY
  • pets are not allowed
RATES
  • less than $10
TYPES OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED
  • Cash
  • Personal Check
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  • reservations not required
GROUP POLICY
  • advance contact required
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