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 full-time working studio of contemporary artist Jorge Leyva welcomes visitors to experience first-hand the creative process of his artworks. Metal sculpture, stone carving, wood sculpture and mural size paintings are all part of this artist creative nature.
Spiva has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. During the last 60 years, the Center has grown into a leading cultural institution for the entire region; it's a work of art in its own right. This is a place to see, create, and collect art.