Crisp Museum

Crisp Museum, Cape Girardeau: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Crisp Museum Reviews: 4/5

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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,984 contributions
A regional museum, covering the history and archeology of the central part of the country
Oct 2018 • Friends
On the River campus of the Southeast Missouri State university sits this small, modern museum, this exhibit covers the archaeology and history of this part of the country. It is well displayed, illuminated and annotated. There is a 20-minute video before you enter the exhibit, which prepares you for what you will visit. The museum shares the building with the school of Arts and the Cultural Arts Center. It is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays (closed on Mondays) and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on weekends. Entrance is free.
Written November 11, 2018
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ranles76
Escondido355 contributions
In the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus
Jul 2018 • Couples
The museum is said to cover from 35,000 years BC to current. There is a movie on the Cape that lasted 10-15 minutes.
Early pottery is shown with dozens of examples. Spanish , French and American impact on the indigenous indian population, culminating in the "trail of tears". 1/4 of the population died on the trail.
An alcove, which may or may not be part of Crisp, can be viewed as well.
Written September 5, 2018
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David Miller
Beaumont, CA5,179 contributions
" Very Informative Museum "
Jul 2018 • Couples
We went to the Crisp Museum at the University of South East Missouri . We watched a movie about the University and Museum, in a small theater first, before we walked around the museum. The Museum has a wide range of historical artifacts for you to see. The Museum is focused on the history of the the Cape Girardeau area along the Mississippi River.
Written August 21, 2018
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Rbj2040
Alton, IL249 contributions
Lovely facility
Feb 2018 • Friends
Nice overview of the history of the land and its inhabitants. One of the permanent exhibits of Native American pottery currently has no labeling so there is little to be learned or information to place the artifacts in context. The video presentation is interesting and helps tie thing together. Unfortunately, although the premise of the video is diversity, I don’t think some ethnic groups were well represented.
Written February 26, 2018
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Victoria K
San Diego, CA231 contributions
Must See in Cape Girardeau
Aug 2017 • Couples
Part of the University, this is a top notch small museum focused on the history of the area and life along the Mississippi. A very good 17 minute film that provides and overview. Artifacts in the museum are quite amazing and they have indian relics dating back 12,000 years, I did not know that indians had liver there that long ago. Quite educational..
Written September 1, 2017
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tencatdaddy
Athens, GA293 contributions
small but interesting museum about the history of the area fr/ about as far.....
Sep 2016 • Couples
back as you can go up until the present. I found it fascinating b/c I am a history buff who thoroughly enjoys this sort of thing but could see where others would be bored. That being said I think it is a good place to start when visiting Port G as you can get an understanding of the area before setting off for other attractions. The very well done opening video presenting personal accounts by citizens of Port G about various topics relative to the city is excellent. The museum has a lot of pottery, &c fr/ early Mississippian culture exhibited as well as very good displays about the relationship between the city and the river. If nothing else it is a nice stop for the excellent views of the Mississippi River and the bridge crossing it.
Written October 11, 2016
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Dale M
Cambridge, UK35 contributions
Excellent close focus on Cape Girardeau and its area
Oct 2016 • Friends
This very fine museum provides a penetrating and also wide ranging view of the area. One of its best features is the recording of first hand accounts of such things as the Indian Corn Ceremony, the lawlessness of the area's pioneering farmers in the 1790s, and the appearance and manner of Louis Lorimier, one of the first traders to settle Here. A touch of authenticity is added to these recordings by the appropriate accents of the actors who took part.
There is an impressive collection of native American pottery, and insight into the development of the Mississippian culture through the centuries. Political turmoil in Missouri before and during the Civil War is highlighted too, as well as details of the battles which took place.
Written October 8, 2016
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Ginger B
Bernie, MO21 contributions
School Field Trip
Nov 2015 • Family
Our class has been studying about Native Americans and we wanted to go somewhere to learn more about the Natives in our area. The curator of the museum gave a very informative, hands-on presentation about the natives from this region and had several artifacts on hand to pass around. My students (ranging in age from 7-15) really seemed to enjoy it and learned a lot!
Written November 20, 2015
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mari w
Fujisawa, Japan65 contributions
Small museum
Nov 2015 • Family
As the first two reviewers say, this museum covers a rather wide variety of topics related to Cape Girardeau and the Mississipi River, such as their geology and history, including the Native American civilization in the area, and the role that the Spanish and the French played in the settlement of Missouri. Individual exhibits are professionally presented, but it seems to be a little bit of everything, and somewhat jarring when you go from a geology exhibit to an exhibit about Spanish conquistadors without any segue'. I learned some new things, such as why there are streets called Kingshighway in multiple cities along the Mississipi. Nothing is interactive, no new media. Would be a tough sell for children. Museum part (i.e., not including art gallery), half hour would be plenty to see it all unless you are a history buff. The temporary exhibit of Thomas Hart Benton's artwork in the art gallery was exquisite. The museum building itself is modern and beautiful and there is reserved parking for museum visitors which is very close by, so you can do a quick in and quick out. Museum is free, accepts donations. If you are already on the River Campus for some other reason, it's definitely worth seeing. It's also 3 minutes from the riverfront/main street tourist area by car if you have time to kill.
Written November 9, 2015
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Bob S
Olathe, KS433 contributions
A Pleasant surprise and well worth a visit
Oct 2015
First the Museum is at a lovely location. It is part of the SEMO River Campus and located at the foot of the the bridge that crosses the Mississppi River. The museum beautifully covers all aspect of the land it is built on. The exhibits include such items as the
evolution and developement of the land, native American history, the civil war, developement of river and rail travel, and industries in the area. All of it is very well done and the 1900 square foot museum will keep you there and enjoying your time more than you expected.
Written October 13, 2015
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