Bartlesville Area History Museum
The Bartlesville Area History Museum, a 10,000 sq ft facility, is located on the top floor of Bartlesville City Hall, a historic building once home to the Hotel Maire during the Bartlesville oil boom. The hotel featured a barbershop, a poolroom, a coffee shop, a pharmacy and an extravagant lobby used for wedding receptions and other special occasions.
The Bartlesville community has a rich and colorful heritage with roots tracing 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, schoolteachers, smelter workers, shop clerks and many others who helped to shape a tiny frontier settlement into a modern city.
Visitors are offered interactive displays, exceptional photography and intriguing artifacts, for a glimpse of the early years of the small settlement, where the Nellie Johnstone No. 1, was the first commercially productive oil well in Oklahoma.
One of the museum’s most popular attractions is a talking animated likeness of Frank N. Griggs, the legendary photographer, who spent over seven decades documenting Bartlesville life.