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Address: 1050 Charles J. Becker Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
Phone Number: 636 464 2976
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon...

Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State Historic Site. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons. Interpretative trails and picnic sites dot the landscape and a museum tells the natural and cultural story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.

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Impressive display for a small museum

This small museum does a good job of showcasing the findings of the area bonebed and telling the history of archealogical digs over the past 150 years.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tucker, Georgia
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Tucker, Georgia
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum does a good job of showcasing the findings of the area bonebed and telling the history of archealogical digs over the past 150 years.

Thank travelpal600
Queens, New York
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully presented knowledgeable and courteous staff Highly recommended for the family individuals or couples

Thank JimOConnor4136
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Nice place, friendly people. You can learn something about extinct species and see first hand fossilized remains.

Thank P S
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181 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My grandson loves this park. He really enjoyed the Mastodon. It is a good learning experience for children.

Thank lovegoldensSt_louis
Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I love museums but this one is getting old and tired. I am not sure how prices go up without services going up. The trails are always beautiful and peaceful. Nice place to walk if you have been on a long road trip.

Thank Amanda Y
Saint Louis, Missouri
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97 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We stopped here on our way to another Missouri attraction. We had been here years ago with our daughter. Nothing has changed except the fee to see the small museum. There are a couple of hiking trails and benches and not much else. They have an old archeological dig location called the "bone bed". They should try digging around to... More 

Thank LC95
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We have often visited Mastodon State Historic Site. We like to take a brief walk to the stream and take a creek hike with our dogs. Usually it's not too crowded at all. There is ample parking, a nice playground for the kids, picnic benches and toilets. This time was no different, we enjoyed taking the dogs in the creek.... More 

Thank Dawn M
Belleville, Illinois
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119 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We went here to walk the trail. We took the trail that went along the stream & it was so nice. They have a big pavilion & playground. Beautiful place.

Thank Suzann47
St. Louis, Missouri
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188 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We live close to this park, so we walk the trails at least once a week. There are a couple different trails. One is less than a mile long and completely flat and another is straight up and down a hill and a little over 2 miles long. You can do both of them in less than an hour. They... More 

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Imperial, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is kinduva niche review. If you're interested in serious backpacking, and live in metro St Louis, this is a great place to get in shape, try out different pack/gear combinations, etc. before you go on that dream hike. The Limestone Trail is about two and a quarter miles long, with some good up and down, and lots of rock... More 

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