New history museum opens in Springfield

History Museum on the Square in Springfield, Missouri

After years of work and anticipation, a new history museum is open in Springfield, Missouri.

Visitors to the new History Museum on the Square are transported into the rich tapestry of southwest Missouri’s history told through interactive exhibits, video and photography and a treasure trove of artifacts. The museum that opened Aug. 8 has more than 18,000-square-feet of space. There are three floors with eight dedicated spaces including a Welcome Center, six permanent galleries and traveling exhibit space.

The permanent galleries include:

Native Crossroads at the Spring
Trains, Trolleys, and Transportation: Children’s Education Area
Pioneers and Founders at the Crossroads
The Civil War in Springfield
Wild Bill Hickok and the American West; and
Birthplace of Route 66

Highlights of the museum include a transportation gallery with a time machine built into a replica of a trolley car, an immersive reenactment chamber of the Hickok-Tutt confrontation, interactive touchscreen maps of Springfield comparing vintage photos to contemporary depictions, and a 66-foot-long timeline and map of the Iconic Mother Road. Perhaps one of the most dramatic features is a Frisco locomotive engine that literally emerges through the upper mezzanine wall.

Admission rates for the museum are $16 for adults; $13 for seniors (65-plus), students of any age with a valid ID, and members of the military and families; $10 for children ages 4-12; and free to those under the age of three. Groups of ten or more can be accommodated with 48-hours’ notice. For more information and to view an online library of digitized historic photos visit the History Museum On The Square website

For more information about things to see and do in Springfield, visit the Springfield Missouri website, or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.