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Address: 212 W Walnut St, Nevada, MO 64772-2341
Phone Number: 14176679602

County and regional history museum focusing on the Civil War, Native...

County and regional history museum focusing on the Civil War, Native Americans, railroads, U.S. military, and former State Mental Hospital. Tours also include the first Vernon County Jail,which is on the National Register of historic places.

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A must see!!!!!!!

I can't believe I've lived here for years and only just now discovered this place!!! Very very impressed with this HUGE collection of interesting items, wonderfully presented... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathey C
Branson, Missouri
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Branson, Missouri
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe I've lived here for years and only just now discovered this place!!! Very very impressed with this HUGE collection of interesting items, wonderfully presented, super friendly and knowledgeable volunteers... Of course centered on history of this area, but applicable to rural history of anywhere in the USA!!!! Very nice, new venue. Way way larger than I expected.... More 

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458 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 484 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

I went here because of the Civil War history. What I found was a great local museum that included natural history, American Indian history, 19th - 21st century life in Vernon County history etc etc. One of the previous reviewers said plan a couple hours to see it all and I'd have to agree - especially if you take the... More 

1 Thank hatlad
Maroa, Illinois
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74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Small fee to get in, lots of exhibits of area history. Includes short video of history of area and visit to the Jail. Some Bushwhacker items available for purchase. Very helpful and informed staff available to answer questions.

1 Thank cmitch920
Castro Valley, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The Bushwhacker Museum in downtown Nevada MO consists of a great variety of antiques, Civil War and Osage people exhibits, an early 20th century doctor office, and an abundance of information on the history of Vernon County, MO. The self-guided tour takes approximately 2 hours and includes a tour of the Bushwhacker Jail, an historic stone jail located about a... More 

1 Thank Angela S
Management response:

Thank you very much for the compliments. It was a pleasure meeting you. I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. More 

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126 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We stumbled across this accidentally and were really glad we did. Great tour of a museum with lots of local information, antiques, etc. The short video at the beginning gave us a good understanding of the area and .subsequent tour was quite informative of a place I knew nothing about. There was a $5/charge per person, but it was worth... More 

1 Thank Sherry C
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We are very glad that you enjoyed your tour of the Bushwhacker Museum. The museum is open for tours by appointment, October 31st to April 30th. More 

Galesburg, Illinois
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306 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

If you are interested in the civil war, ask Eldon Stewart to give you the tour. He's donated many items to this great museum and his personal information is wonderful. I'm so happy we had him give us the tour and share with us. They did a great job in collecting items and displaying historical information. We loved it all.... More 

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Nevada, Missouri
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Bushwacker Museum should be on everyone's list of "places to spend an afternoon". Such a wonderful stroll through history accompanied by fascinating articles, artifacts, and art. The volunteer staff and the curator are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and welcoming, ready and willing to share their time and knowledge for a few minutes or for a whole afternoon. Be sure to... More 

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south jersey
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43 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There's a lot more history in Nevada than I anticipated. This is a good place to learn about the Bushwackers, the Jayhawkers, and the Kansas/Missouri border wars. It includes a trip to the jail which was fascinating.

2 Thank gratefulgirl
Kansas City, Missouri
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

For a fairly small town, this is a well done museum with very nice exhibits. Don't miss the visit to the old jail. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It's a bargain.

2 Thank Del C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

it is not tomuch to tel about, but nice to visit small town museum. lot of history about civil war. museum and public library togather,Very nice people at public library they are very helping people.

2 Thank J0seph_P1

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