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Address: 4th & Schifferdecker, Joplin, MO 64801
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+1 417-623-1180
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue 10:00 - 19:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

A collection of five museums including one on history, science, cookies,...

A collection of five museums including one on history, science, cookies, dolls and sports.

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I have visited this museum multiple times since I was a child. I enjoy the rocks and minerals and the local history that is displayed. It is small, but it's a great place to... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2015
Lori W
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7 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Visited when I was a teenager. They have renovated since I was young. Wish I could have spent longer.

Thank Katie W
Gainesville, Georgia
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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We stopped here because I wanted to see the door shot up when Bonnie and Clyde were stopped, but there was so much more to the museum than that. (Some exhibits we didn't understand - cookie cutter area? or the circus room?) For $5, we spent 1-2 hours exploring the rocks/minerals side of the museum and the local history portion.... More 

Thank pitterpat000
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

The museum complex, located in Schifferdecker Park, is a little known resource. The mineral exhibits are wonderful and the history section has a wide variety of artifacts, including cookie cutters.

Thank Jean P
Holden, Missouri
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2015

great source of info regarding area and history- esp. mining era, desk help was more than receptive- museum has thousands of photos filed and one can access possible family/friends pics by name, adress to look at and keep!

Thank MDH1957
Joplin, Missouri
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

I loved visiting here and learning about the old Joplin and the way things use to be. you can see how it was like to live back then, and old restaurant decor. Youi can also see famous athletes and famous criminals that were from joplin or passed by like Bonnie and Clyde, you can still see their shot up door... More 

Thank Josh F
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

I have visited this museum multiple times since I was a child. I enjoy the rocks and minerals and the local history that is displayed. It is small, but it's a great place to visit to escape the heat of summer or the freezing winter.

1 Thank Lori W
Palm Springs, California
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473 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Diverse assortment of museums. Cookie cutter museum is the only one like it I've seen. Some good description of Joplin's history that helped understand a city we were just driving thru. Worth a quick stop,

2 Thank CaFrancophile
Alma, Arkansas
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015

Is a good little museum of Joplin facts, nice circus miniatures. Once or twice a year they have a train exibit too, check the website for dates & times.

2 Thank didi56570412
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24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Unfriendly staff, small conglomeration of museums. The circus display is quite good. It does have the world's smallest cookie cutter musem.

Thank Brooklyn H
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015

The Museum is small but has some very interesting items in and tells small but good history about Joplin in a compact space. The admission is free. Worth the stop

2 Thank Robert C

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