The museums focus on the history of Joplin, the heritage of southwest Missouri and the story of lead and zinc mining in the region. See Victorian rooms, textiles, minerals, models and other subjects.
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.
The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Collection emphasizes the growth and development as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. On display are historical items from Joplin's mining era, including a circus room, a child's playhouse (children are invited in with adult supervision), a 1927 American LeFrance fire engine, Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll collection.Also visit the Empire District Electric Company Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame
The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum puts a spotlight on the history of cookie cutters.
Admission: $2 per person; children aged 5 and younger are free.