Bartlesville Area History Museum, Bartlesville

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The Bartlesville Area History Museum, a 10,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the top floor of the City Center, a historic building that once was home to the Hotel Maire during the Bartlesville oil boom.

The community has a rich and colorful heritage with roots traced back to the Delaware, Cherokee and Osage peoples who lived in the region before the arrival of white settlers.

Through photographs, artifacts and video, Bartlesville’s heritage unfolds with stories of oilmen, Indian chiefs, ranchers, bankers, outlaws, school teachers, smelter workers, shop clerks and many others who helped to shape a tiny frontier settlement into a modern city.

That history unfolds for visitors to the museum with interactive displays, exceptional photography and intriguing artifacts. One of the museum’s most popular attractions is a talking animated likeness of Frank Griggs, pioneer photographer who spent seven decades documenting Bartlesville life.
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  • This top floor treasure may have an unusual location for a museum but it is filled with interesting and informative exhibits. Extremely well presented exhibits include permanent and new items. Nice....  more »
  • This is a free admission small museum on the fifth floor of the Bartlesville City Building. We visited for about 45 minutes last July. It contains artifacts and tableaus in chronological order of...  more »

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