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

If you have the time to spare, this is a well laid out interesting smaller museum. It is across from the beautiful Missouri Governor's Mansion.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Robert R
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is an okay place to visit. However, there are many more fun and historical places to visit in Jefferson City. I have visited many large museums around the U.S. so I'm probably too much of a critic.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you have the time to spare, this is a well laid out interesting smaller museum. It is across from the beautiful Missouri Governor's Mansion.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Fishkill, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

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

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