History Lessons in Central Missouri
Learn more about world history in Fulton, where the "Breakthrough" sculpture, made from sections of the Berlin Wall, represents freedom and the end of Soviet rule in former East Germany. In Jefferson City, you find Missouri history is a focus at sites such as the Capitol and Missouri State Penitentiary.



Enjoy the biscuits and gravy or a warm cinnamon roll at this eatery, located on a brick-paved street, four-and-a-half blocks from Westminster College and the Winston Churchill Museum.

National Churchill Museum

Learn about the life of one of history's greatest statesman: Sir Winston Churchill. The museum presents Sir Winston's life, utilizing interactive sight, sound and touch. Stand in the midst of a dazzling light and sound show to see and hear the effects of a London air raid at the height of "The Blitz." Housed within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury; a 17th century church relocated from London to Fulton.

Berlin Wall "Breakthrough" Sculpture

"Breakthrough" is an 11-foot-high by 32-foot-long structure sculpted from eight sections of the actual Berlin Wall. It stands beside the Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College. The monument was created by Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Edwina Sandys, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Madison's Cafe

Madison's Cafe, a 30-year Jefferson City tradition, offers casual yet elegant dining, with a focus on northern Italian and American cuisine. The menu features everything from salads, soups and sandwiches to pasta, steaks, seafood and veal.


Arris' Pizza — Jefferson City

Arris' serves Greek-style pizza, using house-made dough to form a thin crust, smeared with private recipe sauce, loaded with meats and veggies (more than 30 choices, with hundreds of combinations); then it is topped with sliced cheese. In addition to Greek pizza, Greek specialties, Italian foods, panini, salads and sandwiches are served, and a lunch buffet is available Monday-Friday.

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site

This site is comprised of buildings dating to the mid-1800s, when the landing was the area's center of river trade.The Lohman Building offers exhibits and a film; The Union Hotel contains the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery, which features rotating exhibits.

Missouri State Capitol

The Capitol, completed in 1918, covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. The structure is notable for its architectural features, including: eight 48-foot columns on the south portico; six 40-foot columns on the north side; a 30-foot-wide grand stairway; and 13-foot by 18-foot bronze doors on the south side. Tours available.

Missouri State Penitentiary Tours

When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was going on in Texas. The prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates. In 1967, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. Before it closed in 2004, MSP was the oldest continually operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi River. The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was decommissioned in 2004. It is now open seasonally for public for tours, operated by the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Visit cells of famous inmates such as heavyweight champion Sonny Liston and James Earl Ray (who escaped in 1967 and went on to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968). Because of the nature and subject of the tours, no children younger than 10 are permitted. Photographs are allowed, but no video may be taken. No smoking. No food allowed. Because of the age of the facility, these tours are not wheelchair accessible. Reservations are required for all tours. Every person on the tour must have a reservation. You may visit the website and call the CVB for details, schedules and reservations. Extended and paranormal (ghost) tours are offered. Special and group tours may be arranged.

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