The Louisiana Area Historical Museum, located at 304 Georgia, is open daily except Sundays from Memorial Day through Colorfest in late October. The beautifully restored Victorian store building features numerous collections of Louisiana's history since its settlement in 1816. Staffed by volunteers, the museum is open weekdays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00p.m. or by appointment by calling 573-754-4443.
The recent creation of The Stark Room showcases items, catalogs, photographs, and equipment used in Stark Nurseries' nearly 200 years leading the nation's fruit stock and grafting business. The Hercules Room explains through models and photographs the role this major employer played in the creation of artificial fuel during World War II. Other areas feature pre-1900 toys and games; vintage clothing; military memorabilia; local streetscape, school, and organization photos; and pioneer household items and quilts.