The Dickinson County Heritage Center is operated by the Dickinson County Historical Society, a non-profit, membership organization that is located in Abilene, Kansas. The museum consists of three separate museums including: the Historical Museum, the Museum of Independent Telephony, and the Outdoor Museum. The Dickinson County Heritage Center also has a fully restored and functional 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel which is the museum's pride and joy. The Dickinson County Heritage Center also has an active research center with many local historical records, and a gift shop.