Trip Ideas: Exploring Missouri's Murals
Artists put their talents on public display in these Missouri cities, where murals are a natural draw for locals and visitors alike. You find beautiful murals a focal point in places like Chillicothe, the Home of Sliced Bread, and Cuba, known as Route 66 Mural City. Here are just a few of the places to find murals in Missouri.
Sightseeing
Branson Missouri's newest mural is in Historic Downtown Branson, on the side of Cadwell's Downtown Flea Market facing the Hilton Branson Convention Center.
114 E. Main St., Branson MO 65615, 417-336-2793
Hours: 24 hours.
This 500-square-foot glass mosaic is located in the Official Missouri Welcome Center/Rest Area on Interstate 35 between the Iowa border and Eagleville. The colorful mural displays the prairie landscapes, personalities and history of northwest Missouri. Southbound I-35 at mile marker 112.
11687 Interstate 35, Eagleville MO 64442, 660-867-5566
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Experience Chillicothe's history through these 17 larger than life scenes. The themes include the Utica Brick Plant; sports; and historical depictions of Chillicothe as it existed in 1928, the year the city became the Home of Sliced Bread.
514 Washington St., Chillicothe MO 64601, 877-224-4554
Hours: 24 hours
Twenty-four outdoor murals commemorating historic events. Tours are given with prior arrangement. Self-guiding maps are available at the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), 202 S. Third St.
202 S. Third St., Louisiana MO 63353, 573-754-5921
Hours: Murals: 24 hours; CVB office, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The 12 outdoor murals depict scenes from local and national history, including visits from Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis. Every mural has a story.The murals are located along the Route 66 Corridor.
100 Washington St., Cuba MO 65453, 573-885-2627
Hours: Sunrise-sunset
The 1,100-foot-long Mississippi River Tales Mural, with interpretive signage, features 24 panels depicting scenes from Cape Girardeau's history and the town's connection with the Mississippi River.
100 Broadway, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, 573-335-1631
Hours: 24 hours
The murals, located at the corner of West Stoddard and Mulberry Street, depict homes built from 1890 to 1910. The homes, located on Walnut Street, are still occupied.
23 W. Stoddard, Dexter MO 63841, 800-332-8857
Hours: Dawn-dusk
Depicts scenes from Bloomfield's early history. One of the murals is located on the corner of North Prairie and West Seneca streets; the other is located on the corner North Prairie and West Missouri streets.
104 Prairie St., Bloomfield MO 63825, 573-568-2793
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
There are three murals painted on buildings pertaining to Bernie history. The murals are all visible from the intersection of Route 25 and Route U.
200 W. Main, Bernie MO 63822, 573-293-5318
Hours: 24 hours
Visitors to Historic Downtown West Plains will want to view the mural created by Artist Michael McClure. The mural represents a series of 12 images depicting successive time periods from the pristine state to the arrival of American Indians, the first settlers through the Civil War, and into the 20th century. Country music legend Porter Wagoner and baseball star Preacher Roe are depicted in the mural as well as the 1928 West Plains Explosion and other important events in the history of West Plains.
36 Court Square, West Plains MO 65775, 888-256-8835
Hours: 24 hours
This 6-foot-by-14 foot mural, Benton's last signed large-scale work, is displayed in the Joplin city hall. The mural depicts Joplin in 1900. Benton grew up in Neosho and worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Joplin.
602 S. Main St., Joplin MO 64801, 800-657-2534
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.