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Big Brutus is Waiting for You!

Our rustic museum and gift shop is the perfect place to learn about the history and engineering of the Big Brutus mining shovel and take home a souvenir to remember your visit. Our facilities include comfort facilities with hot showers, picnic tables, and a shelter for gatherings of all kinds.

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Hours of Operation and Admission Prices

We are open all year, 7 days a week from 9AM-5PM, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission prices are as follows:


$ 10

Per Person


$ 9

Per Person

Child (6-12)

$ 5.50

Per Child

Child (5 & under)


Per Month

Group rates available.

Events and Activities

Big Brutus offers a unique and picturesque venue for weddings, receptions, private parties, group tours, school field trips, picnics, and family reunions. The Visitors Center and Big Brutus both feature exhibits, ever-changing displays, and photographs that enhance the colorful history and heritage of this region and this bucket-wielding machine. Be sure not to miss our self-guided tour!

In addition, the surrounding area offers opportunities for wildlife activities like photography, fishing for bass and other game fish in the well-stocked strip pits, and hunting for quail, turkey, small game, and deer. The Mined Land Wildlife Areas (15,000 acres) offer grasslands, woodlots, and waterways that will stir the senses and bring a tingling rush with each splash of water or flurry and flutter in the shadows and nodding grasses.

Camping at Big Brutus

Camping is available at Big Brutus with reservations, call 620-827-6177 for more information. We offer primitive camping and space for self-contained RV’s, as well as ten water/electrical hook-ups and a dump station. Prices are as follows:

30Amp RV Parking

$ 25

Per Night

Prices subject to change

Tent Camping

$ 8

Per Night

Prices subject to change

50Amp RV Parking

$ 30

Per Night

Prices subject to change

Full-Service RV Camping

$ 35

Per Night

Full-service hookups, including water, 30 & 50 AMP electrical service, and sewer