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Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City

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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.
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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  • If you like or love history or architecture, you must go here! We were impressed with the cleanliness, informative and variety of displays.  more »
  • There is free parking available. Currently (September 2020) the capitol building is under significant remodeling. The museum is inside and the only entry is on the west side. There is electronic...  more »
  • Wonderful experience for the girls! We enjoyed a great home school field trip! Took the new Tiny House to the State Capitol!
  • Very cool and interestin place to find out about Missouri history. Had a very good time. Would Definitely recommend.
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