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We arrived only 30 minutes before closing, but thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits we had time to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Osage Beach
The Very Best View of the Lake of the Ozarks plus A Very Interesting "Museum"

The Willmore Lodge is the near-perfectly maintained lodge that housed the engineers who designed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived only 30 minutes before closing, but thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits we had time to see. Good information on the construction of Bagnell Dam, historic information about the Osage Indians and the area around Lake of the Ozarks.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Willmore Lodge is the near-perfectly maintained lodge that housed the engineers who designed and built the dam for the lake in 1929. The front door opens into a massive Great Room with a huge wall of glass providing a huge panoramic view of the...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Willmore Lodge has been a favorite of mine since I moved to the lake area. I love going in Willmore Lodge. The staff is always wonderful and full of knowledge about the lake. The most beautiful view and the museum is amazing. I love visiting...More

Thank MichaelS22389
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The Willmore Lodge is well worth the visit, this free audio and visual history of the Bagnell Dam is a must see. The refurbished lodge us gorgeous and the history inside it's walls memorable!!!

Thank consmccord
Reviewed August 23, 2018

This is a lovely lodge, high on a bluff with gorgeous lake views. It is loaded with history about the lake and building the dam. Even if you're not a history buff, stop here and check the place out!

Thank br0dgekc
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Free to visit. Beautiful building. Interesting history of the area. Well presented exhibits show you what it was like while the dam was being built.

Thank MadisonLabra
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Every stay at the Lake brings us to a spot that we had not explored yet. This trip, it was the historic Willmore Lodge. The little museum inside was detailed about the history of the Bagnell Dam, the lodge, and the area. There's a time...More

1  Thank DonnaR57
Reviewed July 24, 2018

We have been coming to Lake of the Ozarks for 40+ years and have never been to Willmore Lodge. Big mistake. The building is a stunning, beautiful piece of architecture and the museum about the building of Bagnell Dam is really interesting. So glad we...More

Thank MaggieB07
Reviewed July 12, 2018

I don't know how we've lived here so long and did not know about this treasure. If you are in the area it's well worth a visit, very educational, scenic and interesting indeed.

1  Thank RJBandRDB
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This Lodge is full of history and absolutely beautiful architecture and scenery. It’s is a visitor center as well as a museum and a great place to start our visit to the area. It only took a half hour or so to go through and...More

1  Thank Mary Jo S
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William V
June 16, 2018|
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Response from Eva S | Reviewed this property |
It was free. However, the volunteer was so interesting and the exhibits so interesting that I bought a post card and put a small donation in the box (I think it was by the entrance?).
September 14, 2015|
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Response from Bill0522 | Reviewed this property |
9:00-4:30 M-F and 9:00-3:00 Sa and Su. From the Wilmore Lodge website.