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“A good way to spend an afternoon.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Joplin Museum Complex

Joplin Museum Complex
4th & Schifferdecker, Joplin, MO 64801
417-623-1180
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Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Joplin
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Owner description: A collection of five museums including one on history, science, cookies, dolls and sports.
Joplin, Missouri, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A good way to spend an afternoon.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

It's a fine local history museum. It has exhibits from the mining history, and many other aspects of the local history.

Visited November 2011
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Kansas City, Missouri
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107 reviews 107 reviews
41 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The museum explained how Joplin was a mining town when first discovered and later on. It had displays about Joplin and some of the famous people that was from there, exhibits on cookie cutters, Bonnie and Clyde, circus, a train, clothes from the 20's and 40's and the history of Joplin. Very interesting. The other side of the museum had minerals and huge rocks.We saw it all for free on Saturday June 16th. Even if we had to pay that day it is worth it. Great history lesson and fun.

Visited June 2012
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Terrible Museum”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

As the previous reviewer noted, the museum staff are not friendly and welcoming, which is unusual for an area often noted for its friendliness. We were told we could not enter the museum without making a donation. Isn't that the same as paying an admission fee? We were also told we could not take pictures which is an unusual rule given that most museums do allow a large amount of their collections/exhibits to be photographed.

The museum itself is a weird mishmash of things: minerals, mining equipment, a creepy circus exhibit, and a bizarre cookie cutter "museum." The museum is poorly lit, appeared dirty, and in need of a good overall cleaning. The person who was with me said the museum had not changed since they first visited it in the 1980s (except for the circus and cookie cutter junk).

Visited April 2012
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Hamilton, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“My greeting from female staffer was cameras are not allowed...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

The first thing I was told upon entering was that cameras were not allowed. Mine is a digital camera, I did not have a flash attached. I have toured many Smithsonian connected museums and have never been told that my camera was not allowed. After touring this museum, my husband and I still fail to see why this female staffer was so insistant that cameras were not allowed. Friendlier staff and a better equiped museum "gift shop" would bring in much more revenue. Admission is by donation only, but it is hard to be inspired to give large amounts when the staff are not friendly.

Visited April 2012
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Joplin, Missouri
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132 reviews 132 reviews
71 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

This is a small museum, but a nice one.Unique local history.

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