Explore History in the Show-Me State

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Missouri is full of historical sites and historical landmarks. There is a museum of history for just about anything in the Show-Me-State. See them all.
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Explore History & See Missouri’s Historical Landmarks

Every day, interesting events take place in Missouri. For centuries, our state has told great tales of its famous citizens—we have the history museums and historical sites to prove it.

Transport yourself back to the frontier when you visit the Daniel Boone Home and Boonefield Village, in Defiance. A true American folk hero, Daniel Boone lived out the last two decades of his life in this beautiful setting. Explore the rooms of the four-story, Georgian-style mansion Boone called home. Take a tour of the 19th century buildings illustrating frontier life. Step inside the carpenter's shop, the gristmill, the Old Peace Chapel and the schoolhouse – and feel whisked back to frontier days in this museum of history.

Historical Landmarks in St. Louis and St. Joseph

In St. Louis, the Campbell House Museum delights history buffs and architecture aficionados alike. The elegant townhouse, now one of the city's historical landmarks, underwent a $3 million restoration to become one of the nation's most accurately restored 19th century buildings. The home belonged to fur trader and entrepreneur Robert Campbell until 1938. Today, the museum displays hundreds of his family's original belongings, including paintings, furniture, letters, carriages and clothing.

Immerse yourself in history at the Patee House Museum, in St. Joseph. This museum of history was constructed in 1858 as a luxury hotel, which ultimately served as the Pony Express headquarters, a college for girls, a Union army office during the Civil War, and a shirt factory. Visit the Patee House Museum to experience the historical sites of St. Joseph as they were in the 1860s; sit in a 19th century train; and take a spin on a vintage carousel. The Jesse James Home, where the notorious outlaw was gunned down in 1882, is one block away. 

Also in St. Joseph, the National Military Heritage Museum honors each branch of the United States military and shares great lessons about our country's military history.  See military vehicles, equipment, uniforms and tools and this museum of history.  Built in 1890, the brick building served as St. Joseph's first police station.

A WWI Museum of History in KC

In Kansas City, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial provides an incredibly comprehensive look at World War I. The extensive collection at this museum of history educates visitors and honors those who served. Through full-size mock-ups, visitors feel as if they are actually in the trenches, fighting the battles. Objects taken from the battlefield, from firearms to uniforms to artillery to personal items, add to the experience.    

Other Historical Sites in Missouri

Travel to the 1950s at the Route 66 Museum, in Lebanon. Open for self-guided tours, this fascinating museum of history contains a recreation of a 1950s gas station and a classic diner. A display of antique cars and a collection of Route 66 books, magazines and videos await your perusal. The museum is located at the Lebanon-Laclede County Library.


The Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, in Springfield, offers a hands-on experience for all members of the family. Explore Army jeeps and a T-33 jet aircraft. Go on an imaginary flight in a very real Cobra helicopter. Type your important message on a teletype machine. You'll return home with plenty of knowledge about Missouri's past after visiting this museum of history.

 Campbell House Museum
One of the best preserved 19th century townhouses in America. Home of renowned fur trader Robert Campbell ...

 Patee House Museum
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. ...

 Jesse James Home
Jesse James was murdered in this house on April 3, 1882, by fellow gang member Bob Ford. The home includes ...

 National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
This is the only American museum dedicated solely to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences ...

 Route 66 Museum
Take a self-guided tour of this museum, which features recreations of a 1950s gas station and a classic ...

 Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks
Hands-on environment for all ages. On display is a Cobra helicopter, a T-33 jet aircraft, Army Jeeps, ...