Open Daily April 1st – Sept. 30
Anytime by appointment
Lunchtime Learning, the first in the series, “Oil 101” with Tim Scheck of Scheck Oil Operations, is Tuesday, July 26 from Noon to 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Rig Brew: $25 per ticket; Friday, August 26 from 6 to 8 p.m; A craft beer tasting to benefit the museum.
Change comes in many forms and one form of change is heading in a new direction and taking a different path and this exactly what the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum is doing.
In the past few months, people may have heard of some new things going on at the Museum. Upon retirement of the former curator, a new curator, Danielle Feist, was brought on board. The Board of Directors determined a new direction for the Museum was needed.
“This new direction focuses less on collecting objects for display, and more on how we tell the stories of the men and women that shaped the local Industry,” Feist said. “We will continue to use the collection to develop these amazing stories of Kansas Science and History and this will allow the museum to grow as a historical, cultural and scientific entity.”
The museum has several new and exciting things already in the works at the museum that will help redirect the mission.
The museum curator is developing and applying history and science programs adapted to Kansas State Education Standards for local school districts. museum-sponsored programs, such as summer science camps and youth drop-in programs and adult learning opportunities will allow the general public to gain this invaluable knowledge as well.
“The future looks bright for the museum as we will include many new events open to the community, Feist said. “These events will help generate interest and funds to pay for our educational offerings and to help us reach our mission.”
People can expect to see physical changes coming as they begin the process of remodeling the Hall of Fame building.
The museum will bring in new elements to the current exhibits, including updated informational signage, display cases and interactives for kids and adults of all ages.
“The museum has a unique opportunity to tell the stories of the people that helped shape our community and in order for us to enhance and share these stories, we need your assistance,” Feist said.
There are several ways to get involved with the museum. People can donate funds for programs or events, volunteer their time, or donate objects.
“Without objects it is difficult to tell the story to future generations about our community, culture and history,” Feist said. “Your donations and contributions will help us meet our mission of service to the community. History was made by those who made a difference.”
To make a donation or to get more information about the museum contact the museum at 620-793-8301.