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Joplin History & Mineral Museum

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Necklace owned by Bonnie Parker
Calcite Crystal Specimen located in the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Wing
Roulette Wheel from the House of Lords
Eagle-Picher Company Tri-State Mining District Map
Charles F. Worth Dress
Personal collection from Dorothea B. Hoover

The Joplin History & 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 Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Collection displays the world’s most prestigious collection of Tri-State mineral specimens. Visitors will learn about the importance of mining in Joplin’s history through scale models, mined specimens, and mining equipment on display–and will walk away with an understanding of the role that minerals play in our everyday lives. Visitors will also encounter a small collection of natural history specimens including mammoth teeth, projectile points, and dinosaur bones. 

The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum emphasizes the growth and development of Joplin as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. From the humble shovel to the House of Lords, Bonnie & Clyde’s infamous shootout to the 2011 tornado, visitors will learn about the key figures, events, and locations that have impacted Joplin’s transitional development over the last 150 years. The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum also houses the National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum, the Joplin Fire Department’s 1926 American LaFrance Fire Engine, and a variety of rotating exhibits which lend understanding to the diversity of history that can be found in the Joplin area. 

General Admission: $5; Seniors, Veterans, & Military personnel: $4; children 12 and under are free.


504 S. Schifferdecker Ave.
Joplin, MO 64801

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Casino Gaming
Historic District
Cost Of Admission
Charges Admission
Discounts Offered
Senior Citizen Discount
Military Discount
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Year-round
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Service Animals Welcome
Suitable For These Age Groups
Family Friendly
Types Of Payment Accepted
Personal Check