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8 of 14 Types of Missouri Recreational Facilities--Museums
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Missouri Museums

Name

Town/City

County

Region

T

ype

Summary

1827 Log Courthouse

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic site

Mercantile operation, home and gathering place for the early Mormon settlers in Independence[1]

1859 Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Prison

Operated by the Jackson County Historical Society

Adair County Historical Society Museum

Kirksville

Adair

Northeast

Local history

website

Adamson Cabin

Mt. Vernon

Lawrence

Southwest

Historic house

[2]

Agency Ford Museum

Agency

Buchanan

Northwest

Local history

Located in the Agency Community Center and open by appointment[3]

Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Aviation

website

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Art

Collections of 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st-century American art

Amoureux House

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve

Southeast

Historic house

Late 18th-century house

Andrew County Museum & Historical Society

Savannah

Andrew

Northwest

Local history

website, includes collection of Navajo rugs and Kewpie dolls

Anheuser Estate

Kimmswick

Jefferson

Northeast

Historic house

Mansion and summer home of the Anheuser family[4]

Archery Hall of Fame and Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Sports

Located on the upper floor of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, history of archery and bowhunting in America, includes Fred Bear memorabilia

Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Arrow Rock

Saline

Northwest

Open-air

Includes a museum of local history and the George Caleb Bingham House

Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art

Fayette

Howard

Northwest

Art

website, part of Central Methodist University, located on the first floor of Classic Hall, present 3 to 5 shows a year

Audrain County Historical Society

Mexico

Audrain

Northeast

Multiple

website, complex includes Graceland Museum, a historic 1857 mansion, the American Saddlebred Horse Museum, the 1903 Country School and the Country Church

Augusta Historic Museum

Augusta

St. Charles

Northeast

Local history

Operated in the August Sehrt House

Auto World Museum

Fulton

Callaway

Central

Automotive

website, vintage and classic cars and memorabilia

Barton County Historical Society Museum

Lamar

Barton

Southwest

Local history

Located in the basement of the Barton County Courthouse[5]

Bates County Museum

Butler

Bates

Southwest

Local history

website, operated by the Bates County Historical Society, includes Victorian period rooms, displays on Osage culture, area settlers, Civil War, coal mining, railroads, author Robert Heinlein

Battle of Athens State Historic Site

Revere

Clark

Northeast

Military

Civil War

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Lexington

Lafayette

Northwest

Military

Civil War

Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad

Belton

Cass

Northwest

Railroad

Short line passenger heritage railroad and museum, formerly the Kansas City Railroad Museum

Ben Ferrel Museum

Platte City

Platte

Northwest

Historic house

website, Victorian period house, operated by the Platte County, Missouri Historical & Genealogical Society

Benton County Museum

Warsaw

Benton

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Benton County Historical Society

Big River Train Town

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

Railroad

Model train store and museum[6]

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic house

website, Victorian mansion once owned by artist George Caleb Bingham

Black Archives Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

History

website, area African American history

Bollinger County Museum of Natural History

Marble Hill

Bollinger

Southeast

Natural history

website, fossils, Native American artifacts, Lewis & Clark exhibit, Civil War history, Will Mayfield College history

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Burfordville

Cape Girardeau

Southeast

Mill

1867 working mill

Bonebrake Center of Nature and History

Salem

Dent

Southwest

Multiple

website, 1880s Bonebrake-McMurtrey House, nature exhibits and programs, 12 acre nature reserve

Bonnell Museum

Weston

Platte

Northwest

Local history

19th-century period house and farm life[7]

Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum, and Homestead

Walnut Shade

Taney

Southwest

Biographical

website, home and museum of Rose O'Neill, creator of Kewpie dolls, operated by the Bonniebrook Historical Society

Bootheel Youth Museum

Malden

Dunklin

Southeast

Children's

website

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Sedalia

Pettis

Central

Historic house

31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge with various eccentric construction details

Branson Dinosaur Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Natural history

website, life-size dinosaur figures, skeletons, fossils

Branson Military Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Military

website, weapons, historical artifacts from conflicts spanning the Civil War to present day, military uniforms, military toys and action figures

Burgess-How House

Kimmswick

Jefferson

Northeast

Historic house

1840s period farmhouse, operated by the Kimmswick Historical Society[8]

Bushwacker Jail Museum

Nevada

Vernon

Southwest

Prison

website, operated by the Vernon County Historical Society; old jail and 1880s jailor's home

Bushwacker Museum

Nevada

Vernon

Southwest

Local history

website, operated by the Vernon County Historical Society

Calaboose

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Police

website, 1891 former jail housing a police museum

Calico Cupboard Toy Sewing Machine Museum

Mountain View

Howell

Southeast

Commodity

Collection of toy sewing machines[9][10]

Camden County Museum

Linn Creek

Camden

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Camden County Historical Society

Cameron Depot Museum

Cameron

Linn

Northwest

Railroad

website, operated by the Cameron Historical Society

Cape River Heritage Museum

Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau

Southeast

Local history

website

Center of Creative Arts (COCA)

University City

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

website, community visual and performing arts center

Centralia Historical Society Museum

Centralia

Boone

Central

Local history

website

Chaffee Historical Society Museum

Chaffee

Scott

Southeast

Local history

website

Champ Clark House

Bowling Green

Pike

Northeast

Historic house

Also known as Honeyshuck, home of Congressman Champ Clark

Chariton County Museum

Salisbury

Chariton

Northwest

Local history

website, operated by the Chariton County Historical Society

Children's Peace Pavilion

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Children's

Designed to teach concepts of personal peace, social peace, international peace, and environmental peace to children ages 12 and under

Christian County Museum

Ozark

Christian

Southwest

Local history

website, operated by the Christian County Historical Society

Clay County Historical Society Museum

Liberty

Clay

Northwest

Local history

Includes pharmacy items, weapons, dolls, household items, arrowheads, historic doctor's office, period rooms, tools, agricultural equipment

Coal Miners Museum

Novinger

Adair

Northeast

Mining

Area coal mining, includes simulated coal mine and blacksmith shop, antique farm tools[11]

Cole Camp Museum

Cole Camp

Benton

Central

Local history

website

Cole County Historical Society Museum

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Local history

website, also Upschulte House, a historic house museum

Columbia CollegeGalleries

Columbia

Boone

Central

Art

website, includes Greg Hardwick Gallery for 3-D and alternative media art, PaperInParticular for works on paper, Sidney Larson Gallery for professional work by nationally and internationally known artists and by outstanding Columbia College students

Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing Museum

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Aviation

website, includes World War II aircraft and memorabilia, located at St. Charles County Smartt Airport

Community of Christ Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Religious

Part of the Independence Temple, history of the Community of Christ

Concordia Area Museum

Concordia

Lafayette

Central

Local history

[12]

Concordia Historical Institute

Clayton

St. Louis

Northeast

Religious

Changing exhibits of area and Lutheran religious history, located at Concordia Seminary[13]

Craft Studio

Columbia

Boone

Central

Art

website, contemporary crafts, exhibits works by University of Missouri students, faculty and staff, as well as local and national artists

Crane's Museum & Shoppes

Williamsburg

Callaway

Central

Local history

website, Americana and local history

Crawford County Historical Museum

Cuba

Crawford

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Crawford County Historical Society

Crisp Museum

Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau

Southeast

Multiple

Part of Southeast Missouri State University, archaeology, history and fine art; also known as Southeast Missouri Regional Museum

Current River Heritage Museum

Doniphan

Ripley

Southwest

Local history

information, operated by the Ripley County Historical Society

Dade County Historical Society Museum

Greenfield

Dade

Southwest

Local history

[14]

Dallas County Museum

Buffalo

Dallas

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Dallas County Historical Society; located in Buffalo Head Prairie Historical Park

Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

Defiance

St. Charles

Northeast

Living

Operated by Lindenwood University, life of Daniel Boone, simulated town consisting of over a dozen 19th century buildings

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

Sedalia

Pettis

Central

Art

website

DeKalb County Historical Society Museum

Maysville

DeKalb

Northwest

Local history

website

Dent County Museum

Salem

Dent

Southwest

Local history

[15]

Dexter Welcome Center Depot/Museum

Dexter

Stoddard

Southeast

Local history

[16]

Deutschheim State Historic Site

Hermann

Gasconade

Northeast

Open-air

Mid-19th-century German immigrant family life

Dillard Mill State Historic Site

Davisville

Crawford

Southeast

Mill

Early 20th-century water-powered grist mill

Dillingham-Lewis Museum

Blue Springs

Jackson

Northwest

Local history

website, operated by the Blue Springs Historical Society

Discovery Center of Springfield

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Science

Hands-on science exhibits

Doc's Museum

Jamesport

Daviess

Northwest

Automotive

website, antique cars and tractors

Doling Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Amusement

website, history of Doling Park, a former amusement park

Douglas County Museum

Ava

Douglas

Southwest

Local history

website, operated by the Douglas County (MO) Historical & Genealogical Society

Dunklin County Museum

Kennett

Dunklin

Southeast

Local history

Local history, open on Wednesdays

Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology

Rolla

Phelps

Southeast

Natural history

website, operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, minerals, rocks, fossils, mammoth tusks

Edna Cuddy Memorial House

Bethany

Harrison

Northwest

Historic house

Operated by the Harrison County Historical Society, late 19th-century period house[17]

Elgin Cottrell House

Clarksville

Pike

Northeast

Historic house

website, Victorian period house

Elizabeth Rozier Gallery

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Art

Located in the Union Hotel at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site

Ellsinore Pioneer Museum

Ellsinore

Carter

Southwest

Local history

[18][19]

Enns Entomology Museum

Columbia

Boone

Central

Natural history

website, insects, part of University of Missouri

Epps-Houts Museum

Poplar Bluff

Butler

Southeast

Art

Art from around the world including Africa, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran[20]

Excelsior Springs Museum

Excelsior Springs

Clay

Northwest

Local history

website

Faust Village

Chesterfield

St. Louis

Northeast

Open-air

website, located in Faust Park, includes four homes and 16 structures spanning a period from 1840 to 1910

Fenton Historical Museum

Fenton

St. Louis

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by the Fenton Historical Society

Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve

Southeast

Historic House

1830s Historic home and mercantile of Felix and Odile Vallé

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

History

Site of state's first government in the early 19th century

Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Religious

website, history of American Pentecostalism

Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Pilot Knob

Iron

Southeast

Military

Park and museum, fort's old earthworks, two Confederate burial trenches and a visitor center about the Battle of Fort Davidson during the Civil War

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Sibley

Jackson

Northwest

Military

1812 fort

Foundry Art Centre

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Art

Interdisciplinary art center with exhibitions[21]

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

Kirkwood

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

1950s house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Frisco Depot Museum

Crocker

Pulaski

Central

Railroad

[22]

Frenchtown Heritage Museum

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Local history

website

Gallery 210

Bellerive

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

website, part of University of Missouri–St. Louis

Gasconade County Historical Society Museum

Owensville

Gasconade

Northeast

Local history

website

General Daniel Bissell House

Bellefontaine Neighbors

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

website, early 19th-century home of General Daniel Bissell

Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

Laclede

Linn

Northeast

Historic house

Mid 19th-century boyhood home of General John J. Pershing

George Caleb Bingham Gallery

Columbia

Boone

Central

Art

website, gallery of the University of Missouri Art Department

George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond

Newton

Southwest

Biographical

Park and 19th-century boyhood farm home of scientist George Washington Carver

Glenn House

Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau

Southeast

Historic house

Late Victorian period house

Glore Psychiatric Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Medical

History of what was once known as the “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2”

Golden Missouri Pioneer Museum

Golden

Barry

Southwest

History

website, includes Early American Pattern glassware, Native American arrowheads and artifacts, minerals, and collections of pocket watches, baseball cards, Civil War and pioneer artifacts and tools

Granby Mining Museum

Granby

Newton

Southwest

Mining

[23]

Grand River Historical Society Museum

Chillicothe

Livingston

Northwest

Local history

website

Grandview Depot Museum

Grandview

Jackson

Northwest

Railroad

Operated by the Grandview Historical Society[24]

Gray/Campbell Farmstead

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Historic house

website, mid 19th-century house, located in Nathanael Greene Park

Grundy County Museum

Trenton

Grundy

Northwest

Local history

website

Hain House

Boonville

Cooper

Central

Historic house

website, operated by the Friends of Historic Boonville, 19th-century house owned by one family

Hannibal History Museum

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by the Hannibal History Museum Foundation

Harlin Museum

West Plains

Howell

Southwest

Multiple

website, art and local history

Harold Bell Wright Museum

Pierce City

Lawrence

Southwest

Local history

website, author Harold Bell Wright and local history exhibits

Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site

Lamar

Barton

Southwest

Historic house

Late 19th-century period birthplace home of President Harry Truman

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Grandview

Jackson

Northwest

Historic house

Late 19th-century Harry S. Truman Farm Home built by Harry Truman's maternal grandmother

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic house

Home of Harry S Truman from the 1919 until his death in 1972

Harry S Truman Office and Courtroom

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Biographical

Office used by Harry S. Truman during his early political years, located in the Jackson County Courthouse

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Biographical

Papers, books, and other historical materials relating to the 33rd President of the United States Harry S Truman

Harry S. Truman Regional Visitor Center

Warsaw

Benton

Central

Multiple

Cultural and natural history of Truman Lake, environmental activities, the construction of Harry S. Truman Dam, the operation of the powerhouse, and the US Army Corps of Engineers

Haviland Museum

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Decorative arts

website, Haviland china collection

Hawken House

Webster Groves

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

website, operated by the Webster Groves Historical Society, Victorian Federal/Greek Revival style farmhouse

Henry County Museum

Clinton

Henry

Central

Open-air

website

Hermann Fire Company Museum

Hermann

Gasconade

Northeast

Firefighting

[25][26]

Hickory County Museum

Hermitage

Hickory

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Hickory County Historical Society in the John Siddles Williams House

Higgerson School Historic Site

New Madrid

New Madrid

Southeast

School

website, 19th-century one room school[27]

Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum

Maryland Heights

St. Louis

Northeast

Aviation

Located at Creve Coeur Airport, mostly fabric-covered historic aircraft and biplanes from the inter-war years

Historic Bethel German Colony

Bethel

Shelby

Northeast

Open-air

[28]

Historic Hanley House

Clayton

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

website, Victorian period farmstead

Historical Society of Lee's Summit Museum

Lee's Summit

Jackson

Northwest

Local history

website, housed in a former post office

History Museum on the Square

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Local history

website

Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Media

Wax figures of celebrities including movie stars, television personalities and music icons

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

Creve Coeur

St. Louis

Northeast

History

website

Hulston Mill Park

Greenfield

Dade

Southwest

Mill

website, includes the historic Hulston Mill, operated by the Dade County Historical Society, and several log cabins

Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site

New Madrid

New Madrid

Southeast

Historic house

Mid-19th-century period mansion

Iron County Historical Society Museum

Arcadia

Iron

Southeast

Local history

website

James Farm

Kearney

Clay

Northwest

Biographical

website, birthplace of Jesse James

J.C. Penney Museum

Hamilton

Caldwell

Northwest

Biographical

websiteinformation, life of James Cash Penney, founder of J. C. Penneystores

Jefferson Barracks Museums

Lemay

St. Louis

Northeast

Military

Two museums about the history of Jefferson Barracks Military Post

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Lemay

St. Louis

Northeast

History

Features telephones, telephone-related equipment and memorabilia, located in Jefferson Barracks Historic Park[29][30]

Jesse James Home Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Biographical

House where Jesse James was gunned down

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Transportation

Exhibits on river transportation, site also includes Elizabeth Rozier Gallery

Jim's Journey

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

African American

website, also known as the Huck Finn Freedom Center, life of the man who inspired Huck Finn's Jim, Hannibal's African American history and notable figures

John B Mahaffey Museum Complex

Fort Leonard Wood

Pulaski

Central

Military

website, includes US Army Chemical Corps Museum, US Army Engineer Museum, US Army Military Police Museum, Fort Leonard Wood Museum

John Colter Museum and Visitors Center

New Haven

Franklin

Northeast

Local history

Includes art exhibits featuring John Colter and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native American artifacts and Missouri River history[31]

Johnson County Historic Complex

Warrensburg

Johnson

Southwest

Open-air

website, includes the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum, 1839 Johnson County Courthouse, a one-room school and an agriculture building; operated by the Johnson County Historical Society

Joplin Museum Complex

Joplin

Jasper

Southwest

Multiple

website, includes the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum, Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, Empire District Electric Company Museum, the Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

Kemp Auto Museum

Chesterfield

St. Louis

Northeast

Automotive

website

Kimmswick Historical Society Museum

Kimmswick

Jefferson

Northeast

Local history

website

Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society Museum

Fulton

Callaway

Central

Local history

website

La Maison de Guibourd

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve

Southeast

Historic House

French-Colonial home and gardens of Jacques Jean Rene Guibourd built in 1806 shows life as it was in the early 19th century, operated by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, Inc.

Laclede County Historical Society Museum

Lebanon

Laclede

Central

Local history

Located in the former county jail[32]

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Sunset Hills

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

105-acre (0.42 km2) open-air museum with over 70 sculptures

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum

Mansfield

Wright

Southwest

Biographical

Home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder from 1896 until her death in 1957

Lawrence County Historical Society Museum

Mount Vernon

Lawrence

Southwest

Local history

[2]

Leila's Hair Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Commodity

Contains wreaths and jewelry containing, or made of, human hair dating before 1900

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

History

website, exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition, historic St. Charles, and the Missouri River ecosystem

Lewis County Historical Society Library & Museum

Canton

Lewis

Northeast

Local history

[33]

Lexington Historical Museum

Lexington

Lafayette

Northwest

Local history

Located in a mid-19th-century church building, exhibits include steamboats, coal mining, Osage Indians and the Wentworth Military Academy

Liberty Jail

Liberty

Clay

Northwest

Jail

Former jail where Joseph Smith, Jr. and others were imprisoned from 1838 to 1839 during the Mormon War

Lincoln County Jail Museum

Troy

Lincoln

Northeast

Prison

Open for events by the Lincoln Count Historical Society[34][35]

Lone Jack Battlefield Museum

Lone Jack

Jackson

Northwest

Civil War

website, history of the Battle of Lone Jack and Missouri in the Civil War

Louis Bolduc House

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve

Southeast

Historic house

Operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri, French Colonial house

Louisiana Area Historical Museum

Louisiana

Pike

Northeast

Local history

[36]

Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum

Altenburg

Perry

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society, history and culture of the German Saxon immigration to East Perry County in the early 19th century

MAAPS Military Museum

Malden

Dunklin

Southeast

Military

website, located inside the Malden Regional Airport office building, history of Malden Army Airfield

Malden Historical Museum

Malden

Dunklin

Southeast

Local history

website

Maplewood

Columbia

Boone

Central

Historic house

Operated by the Boone County Historical Society, late 19th-century house

Margaret Harwell Art Museum

Poplar Bluff

Butler

Southeast

Art

website

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

Florida

Monroe

Northeast

Biographical

Two-room rented cabin where author Mark Twain was born

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

Biographical

Complex includes author Mark Twain's 19th-century boyhood home and other historic houses

Marshall Welcome Center and Jim the Wonder Dog Museum

Marshall

Saline

Northwest

Local history

website, history of Jim the Wonder Dog

Mastodon State Historic Site

Imperial

Jefferson

Northeast

Archaeology

Site of Pleistocene ice age deposits and Clovis culture artifacts

May Gallery

Webster Groves

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

website, part of Webster University

McClure Archives and University Museum

Warrensburg

Johnson

Southwest

Multiple

Includes Middle East, Guatemalan and Native American artifacts, seashells, WW II collections, history of the University of Central Missouri

McDonald County Historical Museum

Pineville

McDonald

Southwest

Local history

website

Mid-Missouri Museum of Independent Telephone Pioneers

Blackwater

Cooper

Central

Technology

[37]

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

St. Louis

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

Part of Washington University in St. Louis, collections include 19th, 20th, and 21st-century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, installations, and photographs

Miller County Museum

Tuscumbia

Miller

Central

Local history

website

Mississippi County Historical Museum

East Prairie

Mississippi

Southeast

Local history

Open during events and by appointment[38]

Missouri Children's Museum

Columbia

Boone

Central

Children's

website

Missouri Civil War Museum

Lemay

St. Louis

Northeast

Military

State's role during the American Civil War

Missouri Farm Bureau Log Home

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Historic house

website, 1850s log home, displays about the state's agricultural heritage over the last 150 years

Missouri Governor's Mansion

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Historic house

1870s mansion

Missouri Mines State Historic Site

Park Hills

St. Francois

Southeast

Industry

Lead and zinc mining and geology

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Sports

Memorabilia of Missouri athletes and interactive displays

Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

History

 

Missouri State Museum

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Multiple

Missouri history, natural history, and cultural resources history

Missouri State Penitentiary

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Prison

Museum located on the second floor of the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, guided tours of the historic former prison

Missouri Town 1855

Lee's Summit

Jackson

Northwest

Living

30-acre antebellum open-air museum shows 19th-century life

Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Museum

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Medical

Operated by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association[39]

Molly Brown Birthplace & Museum

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

Biographical

website, operated by the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, 19th-century birthplace home of activist Margaret Brown[40]

Monroe County Museum

Paris

Monroe

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by the Monroe County Historical Society, located in the Monroe County Courthouse

Montauk State Park

Salem

Dent

Southwest

Mill

Tour of the 1896 Montauk Mill

Moore Home

Charleston

Mississippi

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Mississippi County Historical Society, Victorian period home with local history displays

Morgan County Historical Society Museum

Versailles

Morgan

Central

Local history

website, located in the Martin Hotel

Mormon Visitors Center

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Religious

Experiences of Mormon settlers in Missouri between 1831 and 1839, importance of families, messages from modern prophets and the Book of Mormon

Museum of Anthropology

Columbia

Boone

Central

Anthropology

website, part of University of Missouri

Museum of Art and Archaeology

Columbia

Boone

Central

Art

Part of the University of Missouri, also Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art works and artifacts

Museum of Missouri Military History

Jefferson City

Cole

Central

Military

[41][42]

Museum of the Dog

Town and Country

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

website, collection of art devoted to the dog, operated by the American Kennel Club

Museum at the German School

Hermann

Gasconade

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by Historic Hermann

Museum of Transportation

Kirkwood

St. Louis

Northeast

Transportation

Antique cars, boats, a plane, locomotives and railroad equipment

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Ash Grove

Greene

Northeast

Historic house

1830s period home of Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone

National BB Gun Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Sports

website, vintage BB guns, ads

National Churchill Museum

Fulton

Callaway

Central

Biographical

Life and times of Sir Winston Churchill, part of Westminster College, formerly the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library

National Frontier Trails Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

History

website, history of America's principle western trails

National Military Heritage Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Military

website

National Silk Art Museum

Weston

Platte

Northwest

Art

website, masterworks of French and English silk tapestries based on work by major artists from the 15th through the 20th century

New Madrid Historical Museum

New Madrid

New Madrid

Southeast

Local history

website

Newton County Historical Park

Neosho

Newton

Southwest

Open-air

Includes Newton County Historical Society Museum, Newton County School No. 111 and Log Cabin[43]

Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum

Marshall

Saline

Northwest

Aviation

website

Nodaway County Historical Society Museum

Maryville

Nodaway

Northwest

Local history

Local history and culture

NRA National Sporting Arms Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Sports

Located on the upper floor of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, history of hunting, over 1000 hunting rifles

Old Cooper County Jail & Hanging Barn

Boonville

Cooper

Central

Jail

website, operated by the Friends of Historic Boonville, 19th-century jail used until 1978

Old Stagecoach Stop

Waynesville

Pulaski

Central

Historic site

website, 19th-century hotel with rooms restored for different periods from 1854 to the present

Ozark Natural & Cultural Resource Center

Salem

Dent

Southwest

Multiple

website, local history, culture, industry, natural resources, art

Patee House

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Multiple

United States history, transportation vehicles, recreated streets of Old St. Joseph in the 1860s-1880s, Western art

Phelps County Museum

Rolla

Phelps

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Phelps County Historical Society, includes the 1838 Dillon Log House, the 1860 Limestone Block Jail, and the 1861 Courthouse

Pioneer Heritage Homestead

Doniphan

Ripley

Southwest

Open-air

website, 1865 log cabin museum, log barn and a blacksmith shop

Pioneer Spring Cabin

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic house

1850s-period two-room log cabin[44]

Pleasant Hill Historical Society Museum

Pleasant Hill

Cass

Northwest

Local history

website

Polk County Museum

Bolivar

Polk

Southwest

Local history

website

Pony Express Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Transportation

History of the Pony Express

Poplar Bluff Historical Museum

Poplar Bluff

Butler

Southeast

Local history

Operated by the Butler County Historical Society[20][45]

Poplar Bluff Railroad Museum

Poplar Bluff

Butler

Southeast

Railroad

website, includes model trail layout

Poplar Heights Farm

Butler

Bates

Southwest

Living

website, 1870s living history farm

Powers Museum

Carthage

Jasper

Southwest

Local history

website, open seasonally

Pulaski County Courthouse Museum

Waynesville

Pulaski

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Pulaski County Historical Society

Puppetry Arts Institute

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Entertainment

website, puppet theater and museum with hand puppets and marionettes

Railroad Historical Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Railway

website, located in Grant Beach Park, includes a locomotive, baggage car, commuter car and caboose, railroad artifacts, model train layout

Ralph Foster Museum

Point Lookout

Taney

Southwest

Local history

Part of College of the Ozarks, history and culture of the Ozarks region

Randolph County Historical Museum

Moberly

Randolph

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by the Randolph County Historical Society

Ray County Museum

Richmond

Ray

Northwest

Local history

website, operated by the Ray County Historical Society

Raytown Historical Society Museum

Raytown

Jackson

Northwest

Local history

website

Red House Interpretive Center

Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau

Southeast

History

website, Missouri pioneers and life of community founder Louis Lorimier, as well as the visit of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in November, 1803

Remember When Toy Museum & Historic Village

Canton

Lewis

Northeast

Toy

website, over 20,000 toys, antique cars, recreated 1800s village

Remington Nature Center

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Multiple

website, animals, plants, Native Americans, trappers, geology, Civil War history

Reynolds County Genealogy and Historical Society Museum

Ellington

Reynolds

Southeast

Local history

website

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Amusement

 

Riverbluff Cave

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Natural history

Exhibit center with cave and worldwide fossils, also known as Missouri Institute of Natural Science

Robidoux Row Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Local history

Operated by the Saint Joseph Historical Society, mid-19th-century apartment building with exhibits of the city's history

Rocheport Historical Museum

Rocheport

Boone

Central

Local history

Operated by Friends of Rocheport Society

Rockcliffe Mansion

Hannibal

Marion

Northeast

Historic house

Late 19th-century 13,500-square-foot (1,250 m2) Colonial Revival/Georgian-style mansion

Route 66 Museum

Lebanon

Laclede

Central

Local history

website, located in the Lebanon-Laclede County Library, includes recreations of a 1950s gas station and a classic diner, displays of antique cars, Route 66 books, magazines and videos[46][47]

Route 66 State Park Visitors Center

Eureka

St. Louis

Northeast

Local history

The Visitors Center, in a historic Route 66 building, has exhibits on the Mother Road in the state of Missouri.

Ruth W. Towne Museum

Kirksville

Adair

Northeast

History

website, museum and visitor center of Truman State University, exhibits about the history of the university

Saxon Lutheran Memorial

Frohna

Perry

Southeast

Open-air

19th-century period log home and historic buildings

Softball Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Sports

website, located in the Killian Softball Complex, history of state's amateur softball

The Space Center

Bonne Terre

St. Francois

Southeast

Science

website, space memorabilia and artifacts

Springfield Art Museum

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Art

website, collections include 19th, 20th, and 21st century American paintings, watercolor, sculpture and prints

Stars and Stripes Museum

Bloomfield

Stoddard

Southeast

Media

website, history of the United States Armed Forces military newspaper, the Stars and Stripes

State Historical Society of Missouri

Columbia

Boone

Central

Art

Changing art and history exhibits drawn from its collections

St. Charles County Historical Society Museum

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Local history

website, located in the 1830s Old Market House

St. Clair Historical Museum

St. Clair

Franklin

Northeast

Local history

website

St. Robert City Museum

St. Robert

Pulaski

Central

Local history

[48]

Ste. Genevieve Museum

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve

Southeast

Local history

website, local artifacts, art, antiques and oddities[49]

Stephens CollegeHistoric Costume Gallery

Columbia

Boone

Central

Textile

website, located in Lela Raney Wood Hall

Stephens Museum

Fayette

Howard

Northwest

Multiple

website, part of Central Methodist University, archaeology, cultural anthropology, natural history, geology and paleontology, located on the second floor of T. Berry Smith Hall

Sterling Price Museum

Keytesville

Chariton

Northwest

Local history

website, artifacts of Governor and Civil War general Sterling Price, local history, collection of buttons, books, glassware, children's toys, housewares

Still National Osteopathic Museum

Kirksville

Adair

Northeast

Medical

website, part of A.T. Still University, national history of osteopathic medicine

St. Joseph Fire Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Firefighting

website

St. Joseph Museum

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

History

website, Native American collection, Lewis & Clark exhibits

St. Louis Mercantile Library

Bellerive

St. Louis

Northeast

Art

Library with free art and history exhibits from its collections

Taille de Noyer

Florissant

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

website, operated by the Florissant Valley Historical Society, early 19th-century house

Texas County Historical & Military Museum

Houston

Texas

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Texas County Genealogical & Historical Society[50]

The Ginger House Museum

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic Landmark

website, Birthplace of actress/dancer Ginger Rogers, historic landmark property

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum

Kirkwood

St. Louis

Northeast

Children's

Hands-on learning experiences

Thomas Sappington House

Crestwood

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

Early 19th-century period house[51]

Thornhill

Chesterfield

St. Louis

Northeast

Historic house

website, early 19th-century home of Frederick Bates, Missouri's second Governor

Titanic World's Largest Museum Attraction

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Maritime

Artifacts and history of the RMS Titanic

Townley House Museum

Chamois

Osage

Central

Historic house

Open by appointment[52]

Truman State University Art Gallery

Kirksville

Adair

Northeast

Art

Professional and student exhibitions in the Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center[53]

UCM Gallery of Art and Design

Warrensburg

Johnson

Southwest

Art

website, part of the University of Central Missouri

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Grantwood Village

St. Louis

Northeast

Biographical

Childhood home of Julia Grant, wife of President Ulysses S. Grant

Vaile Mansion

Independence

Jackson

Northwest

Historic house

website, 31 room elaborate Victorian mansion

Veterans Memorial Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Military

website, 20th-century conflicts

Village at Boone Junction

Columbia

Boone

Central

Open-air

website, operated by the Boone County Historical Society, complex includes 1821 Gordon-Collins Cabin and 1890 Easley country store

Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Marceline

Linn

Northwest

Biographical

Walt Disney's childhood and family, railroad artifacts

Walters-Boone County Museum

Columbia

Boone

Central

Local history

website, operated by the Boone County Historical Society, also includes Montminy Art Gallery

Warren E. Hearnes Museum

Charleston

Mississippi

Southeast

Biographical

Museum about Governor Warren E. Hearnes, open for events[54]

Washington Firehouse Museum

Washington

Franklin

Northwest

Firefighting

website, antique fire engines and vintage automobiles, operated by the Washington Historical Society

Washington Museum

Washington

Franklin

Northwest

Local history

website, operated by the Washington Historical Society

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

Lawson

Clay

Northwest

Living

1860s farm, 1860 woolen mill and gristmill, Watkins 1850 Classic Revival style house and outbuildings, museum

Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center

St. Charles

St. Charles

Northeast

Multiple

website, history, natural history and environmental clean-up of the Weldon Spring Conservation Area

Weston Historical Museum

Weston

Platte

Northwest

Local history

website

Westphalia Historical Society Museum

Westphalia

Osage

Central

Local history

website

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Republic

Greene

Southwest

Military

Includes American Civil War battlefield site and museum

Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium

Springfield

Greene

Southwest

Natural history

Currently closed for expansion, planned reopening in 2016 as America's Wildlife Museum & Aquarium[55]

World's Largest Toy Museum

Branson

Taney

Southwest

Toy

website, over 1 million toys, includes Harold Bell Wright Museum

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

Saint Joseph

Buchanan

Northwest

Historic house

website, Victorian mansion

Zewicki House Museum

Linn

Osage

Central

Historic house

website, operated by the Osage County Historical Society

 

Other Sites of Interest

 

San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 



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