The Joplin History and Mineral Museum focuses on the history of Joplin, the heritage of southwest Missouri, and the story of lead and zinc mining in the region. It is comprised of two wings.
The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum emphasizes the growth and development of Joplin as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. On display are assorted historical items from Joplin's mining era including a circus room, a child's playhouse, a Bonnie and Clyde exhibition, a 1927 American LeFrance fire engine and Victorian furnishings, textiles, and a doll collection. Also displayed are the National Cookie Cutter Museum, Empire District Electric Company Museum, and Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame.
The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Collection boasts one of the world's most exceptional collections of lead and zinc ores, as well as other minerals found in the Tri-State District. This museum interprets the geology and geochemistry of the area and illustrates mining processes and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s.
Admission: $3 per person; children 6 and under are free.