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Cole County Historical Museum

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Address: 109 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101-3015
Phone Number: +1 573-635-1850

Within the walls of this museum, the romantic history of Missouri unfolds....

Within the walls of this museum, the romantic history of Missouri unfolds. The building is filled with treasures of historical significance dating from the era of the Louisiana Territory. Spacious rooms are filled with antique chandeliers, rosewood and mahogany chests and settees, French mirrors and fine paintings. This is the only county museum in the country to display inaugural gowns of its state's First Ladies at times throughout the year. The museum is closed December 15 - February 1.

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This museum is located in an historical building across from the Missouri Governor's Mansion. They have a collection of First Ladies inaugural gowns, a Civil war room, plus the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Jefferson City, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Rarely have we been to a museum that I rate easily as Excellent. We reached the museum at closing time - the curators were gracious enough to provide us with a 'quick' tour. What followed was an amazing tour of every little artefact, smallest of details, anecdotes, personal story, backgrounds into the history. There are artifacts from the 1800s to... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

I love museums and Victorian history, but this place surpassed all my expectations. It's a cute house on a quiet street with a great view of the Governor's Mansion and the Capitol building, very conveniently located. The woman who gave us our tour was extremely friendly and VERY knowledgeable about the home/city and their histories. There are lots of very... More 

2 Thank dogsaretoocool
Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This museum is located in an historical building across from the Missouri Governor's Mansion. They have a collection of First Ladies inaugural gowns, a Civil war room, plus the parlor and bedrooms typical in the 1800's, The view of the Capitol from a third floor window is perfect for a picture.

2 Thank showmemo61
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Happened upon the Cole County Historical Museum quite by accident. Had a guided tour by a retired school teacher who enthusiastically shared the history behind the exhibits and artifacts. Pleasant, informative 45 or so minutes.

3 Thank TravelingmanKC
Fishkill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I liked the house, Cole's Studio and the landscape. There is a movie documentary on Cole's life and paintings; and a guided tour of 50 minutes, where rou can also see a gallery with Cole's paintings, and his disciple Church

3 Thank Maria V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I was hoping for a nicer experience for the tour, but, the tone was set by the tour guide. She was not friendly and acted as if our group of 6 were an imposition. She could not even answer any questions about the displays. I consider it a waste of time and money.

3 Thank 249DomesticGoddess
Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

great hometown and state information, even though I live in Jefferson City,I learned many things and really enjoyed talking with the staff member, they were especially nice and friendly to grandchildren

5 Thank Aloha J G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Museum is closed until February 1. Their website makes no mention of this whatsoever. Drove here literally for nothing.

5 Thank Amanda64844
Fulton, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

yeah did not meet white glove cleanliness so do not expect to be visited by any presidents any time soon. Bathrooms were surprisingly enough clean. Had good time

3 Thank Taylor G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

This was a great little museum. It contains many period pieces. The tour guide was the best part. She was fantastic!

7 Thank Krnschmhl

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