Different Kinds of History Museums

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There are plenty of unique museum trips to discover in the Show-Me State. Check out these fun museums in Missouri.
Author: MDT Staff

See Fascinating Exhibits on Museum Trips in Missouri

Missouri tells thousands of stories through its museums. Not all are filled with just paintings and statues. So much history has unfolded right here. Museum trips in Missouri showcase our state’s museums, delighting history scholars and intriguing curious newcomers. Visit a unique museum in Missouri and learn about the history behind our great state and nation.

Museum Trips to St. Louis Highlight the Civil War

Take the Civil War buffs in your family to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. Visit the free exhibit and see uniforms, weapons and equipment. Informative panels tell the story of the numerous battles fought in Missouri between 1861 and 1865.

Historical, Fun Museums in Hannibal

Museum trips in Hannibal welcome visitors to explore the home of one of America’s most influential writers, Mark Twain. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, in the river town from which Twain drew many of his best ideas, is a can’t-miss, unique museum stop. Take a tour of the Boyhood Home; check out Judge Clemens’ Justice of the Peace Office; peruse Grant’s Drug Store; and visit other Twain-related locations. If you are a Twain fan, the city of Hannibal is a unique museum showcasing their exploits.

A Unique Museum the Kids Are Sure To Love

The kids may not think there is such a thing as fun museums; however, they are destined to find fun at the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden. This one-of-a-kind, unique museum brings Missouri history to life. The journey starts at the Bootheel Youth Museum Children’s Village, where kids milk Daisy the cow, challenge themselves with an obstacle course and climb inside a gigantic bubble. Then, it’s time to step onto the trail Lewis and Clark blazed: travel the Missouri River in a keel boat, seek out bats in Tavern Cave, pay a visit to Sacagawea’s house, climb the Rocky Mountains – all at the Bootheel Youth Museum. 

Museum Trips Showcasing American Innovation in Flight

Families interested in aviation’s past should take flight to the Airline History Museum in Kansas City. Flying didn’t always mean long lines and security checks. At this unique museum, discover the Golden Age of Aviation, when air travel meant romance and adventure. Learn about those bygone days through collections of photographs, artifacts, displays of uniforms, logbooks, galley items and other interesting memorabilia. The Airline History Museum gives special attention to TWA, once Kansas City’s home airline. Step inside the hangar to see an impressive aircraft collection, including a rare Martin 404 and a fully restored Lockheed L1049 Super G Constellation. 

Kansas City isn’t the only city in Missouri to stop on museum trips revolving around flight. The Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum in Marshall features several fascinating exhibits, many designed specifically for young attendees. If you are looking for fun museums the kids are sure to love, this one features restored aircraft and video stories providing a fun history lesson from airline professionals.

Museum Trips to Springfield Cater to Sports Fans

Speaking of fun, sports fans of all ages can’t go wrong with a visit to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. This must-see Springfield institution highlights the best and brightest of our state’s sports stars. Allow plenty of time to explore; the 32,000 square feet contain more than 4,000 sports archives. Have a blast with the interactive exhibits that make this one of the most fun and unique museums in Missouri. Swing at a major league pitch; provide color-commentary from the announcer’s booth; zip around the track in a NASCAR simulator; participate in other activities at this unique museum any sports fan is sure to love.

Speaking of Sports

The Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City shows a different side of America's favorite pastime. The Negro Leagues were established in 1920. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues, from the league’s origin to the last pitch in the mid 1960s.

There Are Plenty of Fun Museum Trip Opportunities

There is something for everyone in the Show-Me State, so travel around and learn a thing or two or ten about Missouri. These unique museums are just a start.


 Jefferson Barracks
Jefferson Barracks was established in 1826 as the country’s first “Infantry School of Practice." ...

 Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Designated a National Cemetery in 1866, the 331-acre site is still in use. Burials from the War of Independence ...

 Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most ...

 Bootheel Youth Museum
The Bootheel Youth Museum offers exciting, inventive and educational fun for children. Stand inside ...

 National Airline History Museum
Walk through the "Golden Age of Aviation." The museum collection of artifacts and displays begins with ...

 Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum
Aviation museum featuring interactive exhibits, some designed especially with young people in mind; ...

 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
The greatest memories in Missouri sports history come alive with more than 4,000 sports archives, elegantly ...

 Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The museum recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past. The Negro Leagues were ...