The Kansas Oil and Gas Museum: Preserving and Sharing Economic History
Did you know that Great Bend, Kansas has the Kansas Oil and Has Museum there? If you did not, then sit back and let us tell you why this is a must stop, a bucket list museum, for you to visit!
The Kansas Oil and Gas Museum was founded in 1990 by a special group of individuals who wanted to do everything in their power to preserve the history of the oil and gas industry and to be able to tell the first of how this industry shaped economic opportunities for many of the residents of the Sunflower State.
The museum, located at 5944 10th Street in Great Bend has a unique collection and regularly gives tours to private visitors, school field trips, scout, and youth programs, and even offer private party rentals and industry safety meetings. Visitors to the museum learn about the various phases and processes of oil and gas production from the geology and drilling stage, to production, and on to product manufacturing. Their impressive variety of events and exhibitions is enough to impress anyone!
Education is an extremely important part of the museum’s mission, and they believe that it is infinite. Because of this, their team is always looking for opportunities to go into classrooms and work through the learning process of the oil and gas with them.
The Summer STEM Camp focuses on energy-themed building, such as an oil rig design. The camp is held every Friday in June and July from 8am until noon. Students in the 4th-7th grades can attend the camp and the cost is $15 per child per week.
Rig Brew is the name of their annual fundraising event, and it looks simply spectacular. This year’s event, the third annual, was held in June and was a smashing success. The craft beer tasting event is coupled with samplings of beers, wines, and foods from around the area. For just $30, guests can try some amazing pairings and making sure the museum has the funds they need to continue the great work they are doing. This year, the pairings that were offered were:
BBQ Chicken & Pork Sliders / O'Dell Settle Down Brown Chips & Dip Bar / Sierra Nevada Juicy Haze IPA Fruit & Angel Food Dessert Cups / Bell's Oberon Cookies & Brownies / New Belgium Tartastic Strawberry Lemon
I know some of you that are reading this are asking, how interesting can oil and gas be? But believe us when we say, between the history and memorabilia on the site, this is a fascinating must stop on your next trip through Great Bend. Their summer hours (April 1-September 1) are Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm and during the winter hours (October 1-March 1) they are open by appointment only.
If you have any questions before your upcoming visit, give them a call at (620) 793-8301!