Perfect Sites to Discover Missouri's History

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Go on a historic house tour and check out these other historical places to visit in Missouri. You may learn a thing or two about the Show-Me State.
Author: David Carren
Parks and Historic Sites in Missouri

Missouri's fascinating history fills thousands and thousands of books. Since the beginning of time, exciting and interesting things happened here. Visitors to the Show-Me State leave with a new found appreciation of Missouri's rich past and the contributions made to our nation's history. Our vibrant cultural fabric owes much to the immigrant communities who started a new life here, so It’s no surprise there are plenty of historical places to visit.

After visiting historic sites in Missouri, visitors to the Show-Me State leave with an appreciation of the state’s rich past and the contributions made to our nation's history. Our vibrant cultural fabric owes much to the immigrant communities who started a new life here. “Enjoy the Show.”

Historical Places to Visit & Learn About Missouri’s German Culture


At Deutschheim State Historic Site, in Hermann’s picturesque historic district
, learn about Missouri's German heratage. Deutschheim provides an in-depth look at the life of German-American immigrants in the 1800s. The site includes a historic house tour of the Carl Strehly House, which originally contained a German print shop and winery; and the period-decorated Pommer-Gentner House, with its barn and two heritage gardens. Deutschheim is but one of the great historical places in Hermann.

Historic People & Historic Sites in Missouri

Walk in the footsteps of two of our nation's greatest explorers at Lewis and Clark State Park, 20 miles southwest of St. Joseph. When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stopped there in 1804, they were amazed by the number of geese and goslings – the park remains a great place for bird-watching. The park offers camping, fishing and picnicking.


Travel even further back in time at the Towosahgy State Historic Site in East Prairie. Approximately A.D. 400 to 1350, the area served as a fortified village and civil-ceremonial gathering place for Mississippian Indian tribes. Archaeological teams have uncovered the fascinating history of this American Indian civilization. Visitors learn about these ancient tribes by viewing burial mounds and exhibit panels. This is truly one of the most interesting historic sites in Missouri.

Another Indian Historic Sites in Missouri


The Osage Village State Historic Site, 17 miles northeast of Nevada, Missouri, provides glimpses of life in the 1700s, when European settlers first met the Osage Indians. Although the village is no longer standing, it once housed between 2,000 and 3,000 people. A walking trail and several informative exhibits give insights into what life was like for the tribe.

State Park Historic Sites in Missouri


Natural history blooms to life at Big Sugar Creek State Park, 20 minutes northeast of Pineville. There, you can see rare varieties of shrubs and trees, many of which no longer exist in other parts of Missouri. In addition to interesting flora, the park boasts captivating creatures, including armadillos and scarlet tanagers.


Three miles east of Eureka, the Route 66 State Park combines natural beauty with classic Americana. At one of the most serene historical places to visit Missouri has to offer, bird-watching opportunities are abundant – as are chances to learn about Historic Route 66, America's “Mother Road.” A small original section of the fabled highway runs through the park. Exhibits share information about the road's history. The former Bridgehead Inn, a 1930s roadhouse, serves as the park's visitor center.

A Historic House Tour in Kansas City

These are just a smattering of the many historical places and historic sites to visit in Missouri. Start exploring the Show-Me State today.Across the state in Kansas City, the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, one of the many historical places to visit in Kansas City, welcomes visitors to the beautiful Victorian house of one of Missouri's and America’s greatest artists. The historic house tour includes Benton's studio in the carriage house, which remains just as the painter left it. The home and the studio contain many of Benton's paintings and belongings, allowing for a fascinating look into the artist's personal and creative life.

These are just a smattering of the many historical places to visit and historic sites in Missouri. Start exploring the Show-Me State today. 

 Deutschheim State Historic Site
This site, in Hermann's historic district, interprets 19th century German-American immigration, history ...

 Lewis and Clark State Park
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark noted great quantities of fish, geese and goslings here in 1804. ...

 Towosahgy State Historic Site
The name Towosahgy is an Osage word which means "old town," although it is not known if the Osage were ...

 Osage Village State Historic Site
This site was the location of a large, Osage Indian village between 1700 and 1775, when the Osage were ...

 Big Sugar Creek State Park
Outstanding oak and oak-pine woodlands are features of this 2,082-acre park in the rugged Elk Hills ...

 Route 66 State Park
This day-use park features a small section of old Route 66 and a visitor center with Route 66 and Times ...

 Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
The Victorian stone house was the famous artist’s home from 1939 until his death in 1975. Benton ...