Museum and Village, 85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, Kansas


Image Visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village for a fascinating glimpse into the past. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US Highway 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings and collections which tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond. Click here to read a brief history of the Museum and Village and here to view back issues of our newsletter, The Village Crier.

Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Site

ImageFrom Plum Buttes to the Walnut Creek Crossing to Pawnee Rock, the area that is now Barton County played a major role in the history of the Santa Fe Trail. Collections and displays maintained by the Historical Society tell the story of this region from the Native Americans of the Paleo Period through the development of the trail, the trading posts and Fort Zarah, to European settlement.

B-29 Bombers and Great Bend Army Air field

Image During World War II, Great Bend Army Air Field trained many members of "the greatest generation," the pilots and crew members who flew the B-26 and B-29 planes that helped win the war. The Historical Society maintains a collection of memorabilia, memoirs and artifacts telling the story of a defining era in United States history.


"The Barton County Historical Society endeavors to preserve the history of Barton County and to promote opportunities to examine our rich heritage."


Before you throw away items that might be useful in telling the story of Barton County, please contact us.

Wish List:

  • Reference books on Kansas, Barton County, Santa Fe Trail
  • Great Bend Army Air Field Memorabilia
  • Information on 1930s era WPA projects
  • Monetary donations are, of course, always welcome

Due to lack of space, we cannot accept duplicates of items, especially large ones, and we cannot accept items that are too fragile to preserve. Also, we cannot accept pictures of unidentified people, unless they are associated with identified buildings or events. For further information, please telephone the museum or e-mail:

bchsdirector at

HOURS & ADMISSION:Summer Hours (April-October)

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Winter Hours (November-March)

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Admission $4 for non-members 16 & older

Barton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1091
85 S. Hwy. 281
Great Bend, KS 67530-1091
(620) 793-5125

GPS: 38.34851°N 98.76519°W