Explore History in the Show-Me State

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Museums , museums , museum exhibits
There is a museum of history for just about anything in the Show-Me State. See them all.
Author: MDT Staff

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 on the grounds. 

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.

Interested in learning more about the history, players, coaches and teams that make sports great? Head to Springfield to visit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. From the University of Missouri Tigers to the Kansas City Chiefs to the St. Louis Cardinals to golf super-stars, our state produces legends. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame covers 32,000 square feet and includes more than 4,000 sports archives. Get right into the action by swinging at a major-league pitch; calling plays from an announcer's booth; shooting a three-pointer; and zooming around the track in a NASCAR simulator.

Try history of a different nature. A car enthusiast's dreams come true at the Branson Auto Museum, featuring more than 100 vehicles. Automobiles on display include classics, celebrity cars, muscle cars and race cars. Visit the gift shop to peruse a wide array of books, magazines, apparel, collectibles and die-cast cars. Want to take home the ultimate souvenir? Most of the vehicles in the museum are for sale.

Climb aboard a major adventure at Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. Explore this remarkable museum; steer the ship; walk the hallways; and enjoy the opportunity to view more than 400 Titanic artifacts. USA Today says this is “not to be missed.”

In Hannibal, celebrate the life and legacy of one of our nation's greatest storytellers. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum delights visitors with two interactive museums, historically significant buildings, and artifacts from Twain's adventurous childhood.

  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, ...

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

  Branson Auto & Farm Museum
More than 100 cool cars including brass, classics, celebrity, muscle, racecars and special interest ...

  Titanic Museum Attraction
A one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Experience life on board Titanic, just as it was on her ...