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Welcome to the Museum of the Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield, MO! We invite you to join us for an exciting trip into the Natural World around us. Meet us at the Museum and journey back into the distant past when Missouri was still nearly 500 feet deep under a giant inland sea. Learn about the geology of the area and life forms native to our region and the world at that time.Using our international travel planner, Springfield attractions like Missouri Institute of Natural Science can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The Museum and Institute are located on the Riverbluff Cave site, the oldest Ice Age fossil cave in North America. It is a continuing source of rich fossil finds of mammoths and other animals.
Entrance to the Museum is free, and we are registered as a Non-profit entity here in Missouri. We greatly appreciate your donations, which are used to fund our operations.
Call us at 417.883.0594 or email us at email@example.com to schedule a field trip for school groups, youth groups, and homeschool groups. We also offer space for meetings, events, and birthday parties. We are available weeknights and weekends by appointment.
Come down and meet us at the Museum! We are sure you’ll find a variety of fun, educational and exciting things to learn, see and do for visitors of all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon!
Missouri Institute of Natural Science reviews
I recently visited this lovely place for the first time since I was little from when it first opened up when I was about 5 years old, and needless to say it expanded tenfold and the entire building...
I recently visited this lovely place for the first time since I was little from when it first opened up when I was about 5 years old, and needless to say it expanded tenfold and the entire building... more »
This is off the beaten path and a must do for any dinosaur or fossil lovers. It's only one building, but they have tons of fossils, rocks, and minerals. They're working on reconstructing a...
This is off the beaten path and a must do for any dinosaur or fossil lovers. It's only one building, but they have tons of fossils, rocks, and minerals. They're working on reconstructing a... more »
We had a great adventure today at the museum! We loved Henry the triceratops! And my son who is a Dino enthusiast loved the facts and wanted to read all the things! We did walk up to the “dig site” came unprepared and there wasn’t a clear place to dig, the others up there were using hammers with rocks… I may have missed the “instructions” somewhere or Maybe that is the idea, to go break rocks? Take water/sunscreen It is exposed with little shade. We spent most our time in the museum and reading the children’s books, we’ll be back! Thanks for the experience!
Staff greats you at the door and is very friendly and helpful if you need them to be, but otherwise backs off and let's you just experience the place - that's a great harmony of customer experience! The triceratops is the main feature walking in and all the kids love triceratops! The "woolly mammoth" in the other room (I can't recall if it was a mastadon) was another that my boy loved. We really enjoyed just looking at the bones and reading about the collections. We also were told we could do a short hike in their back woods and it comes to a place where you can dig for "fossils"; it was pretty muddy that day but of course the boys don't mind. We looked and found a few of those "Cheerio" looking "fossils" and they allow you to keep it if it fits in a ziplock baggie. Very fun place, definitely worth it for the NO ADMISSION FEE (we bought stuff and donated anyway because it was really neat!). We'd probably visit again to see how they are progressing on the "ceratops" and what new things they add.
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