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.
In the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum you can explore the life and styles of early Joplinites. You have the opportunity to peer into the lives of Bonnie and Clyde as well as the Route 66 experience. You can also find the Circus room and an entire corner dedicated to the history of cookie cutters.
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.
Also visit the Empire District Electric Company Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame
Admission: $3 per person; children aged 5 and younger are free.