The Missouri State Museum is Missouri's showpiece museum. It was founded in 1919 and is located in Jefferson City, Missouri, inside the state capitol on the ground floor of the building.Plan to visit Missouri State Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jefferson City attractions using our Jefferson City sightseeing planning tool.
The museum's mission is to explore Missouri's history and resources to discover connections that inspire the present and enrich the future. Visitors will find a variety of cultural and natural history exhibits including temporary exhibits, stationary exhibits, traveling exhibits, and hands-on and audio interactive. The museum offers a variety of free in-house public programming, outreach programming and traveling exhibits geared toward all ages and audiences. The museum has over 30,000 artifacts in its collection, including the largest collections of Missouri Civil War battle flags and World War I flags.
The history wing of the museum was originally the only part of the museum and is now in the eastern wing of the capitol building. In 1921, the Missouri Resources Museum was founded and placed in the wing directly opposite the state museum in the west wing of the capitol. The two merged in 1923 to form the Missouri State Museum. The museum was controlled by a variety of state agencies until 1978. In that year the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took control of the museum where it has remained ever since. It is now part of DNR's Division of State Parks. The museum staff also provides tours of the capitol building itself.
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a must see. amazing architecture, walls and c eilings had paintings on them. you get to go to different floors, and outside in the gardens. very alaborate place
a must see. amazing architecture, walls and c eilings had paintings on them. you get to go to different floors, and outside in the gardens. very alaborate place more »
Excellent and varied outdoor sculptures around the building as part of the outdoor walk of the capitol.
Excellent and varied outdoor sculptures around the building as part of the outdoor walk of the capitol. more »
Really enjoyed our trip to the state Capitol and museum. The building was beautiful and the staff were super friendly and welcoming. The styles throughout the building were eclectic, but there was a lot of interesting information. The museum wings had good information and trivia about Missouri too.
We are so fortunate to have a building with such historic significance that is so beautiful and an architectural masterpiece. The integrity and attention to detail is beyond impressive. The Museum houses many artifacts that are interesting and eye-opening with lots of educational value. I learned so much and was surprised by a lot of the information and facts provided throughout the displays. Take a fee hours to enjoy both indoors and out including the surrounding area with gardens and the train depot. There's a very nice pathway being developed by the waterway. There are very nice items in the gift shops which are extremely well priced. You'll definitely be inclined to take lots of photos. Guided tours required tickets. We self-guided on a Saturday with very little traffic.
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