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Mastodon State Historic Site

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Address: 1050 Charles J. Becker Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
Phone Number: 636 464 2976
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State...

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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worth a visit if fairly near but probably not worth a long drive for; very nice staff; lots of birds outside

We were out geocaching in the area and decided to stop by. We were glad we did. The display area is actually pretty small but what they do have is fairly interesting. They have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ballwin, Missouri
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Ballwin, Missouri
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462 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were out geocaching in the area and decided to stop by. We were glad we did. The display area is actually pretty small but what they do have is fairly interesting. They have a fully assembled skeleton of a complete Mastodon (a reproduction) and then have some genuine Mastodon individual items such as a set of teeth and a... More 

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Tucker, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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.

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Queens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

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

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank P S
st.louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 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.

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Thank lovegoldensSt_louis
Saint Louis, Missouri
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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.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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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 

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Belleville, Illinois
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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.

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Thank Suzann47
St. Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 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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