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Mastodon State Historic Site

1050 Museum Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
636 464 2976
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Imperial
Type: State Parks
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Arnold Mo.
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Took the grandchildren here for a family day. Had lots of fun hiking the trail and seeing the museum. I would recommend. Easy access from the highway. Free entertainment.

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Belton, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice little hike (with lots of stairs) Not really sure where the beds were as all we saw was vegetation, the path was obvious to follow the trail but nothing marked as far as where to look for the fossil beds, we didn't call in for trail interpreter. The museum was $4 for each adult. There wasn't much to it... More

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Saint Louis
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137 reviews 137 reviews
48 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a quick stop kind of museum. Definitely worth a look if your in the area and need a break from the car. The museum is small but has about 10 minutes worth of items to read and look at . Costs $4 for adults. Free for kids under 12. There is a 14 minute video that provides the... More

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for things to do on a weekend trip and this came up in a search of the area. It was a very informative and interesting place. They could use a better sign on the museum building, but other than that we were very impressed with this site. Amazing what jewels you can find tucked away not too... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Don't go expecting the Smithsonian and you will be pleasantly surprised. If you were to drive a long way just to come here, it wouldn't be worth it, but if you happen to be driving through, or nearby, it is definitely worth a stop! The museum itself is small, but informative as well. There is a short film explaining how... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The history of the Kimmswick Bone Bed is displayed here plus has walking trails available. It's a fun stop that will take about 45 minutes and a bit more if you walk all the trails. You may prep for it by viewing the video on YouTube by the MODNR (Missouri Dept of Natural Resources) and the KETC 9 documentary as... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Our family really enjoyed the museum, and the house, and the trek down the wooden stair/walkway to the covered over bone bed, but not so much the trek back up. This, however, is just part of the attraction of Mastodon State Historic Site. The park extends for miles and has an alternate entrance. There you find a playground, picnic tables,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We were traveling with children and needed a break from the car, we couldn't have picked a better place to stop! The cost was $4 for adults and all the kids were free. There was a short movie about the mastodon and this historic site - very educational! We all learned something! The museum was interesting. The bathrooms were spotless... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Anyone interested in seeing ancient recovered bones and teeth of these giant animals that died in the area and are now being recovered and studied. Kids can ooh and aah over the displays.

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Arnold, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

We went to Mastodon State Park was quite surprised by the museum that is there. It was quite interesting. It tells about the Mastodons and other animals that roamed in Missouri during that time frame. It cost $4 for adult and is free for kids 12 and under.

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