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Ralph Foster Museum

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Address: 1 Cultural Court, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726
Phone Number: 14176903407
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The Ralph Foster Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts with...

The Ralph Foster Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts with special emphasis on the history and culture of the Ozark Mountain Region. Originally housed in Abernathy Hall, a boy's dorm on the campus of College of the Ozarks, the building has been transformed into three floors of exhibits where visitors will find many items of interest, such as antiques, dolls, clocks, music items, a large firearms collection, natural history, and textiles, in addition to the Beverly Hillbillies truck that was used in the television series.

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Affordable Impressive Museum at Hardwork U

As new resident of the Branson MO area, we have several guests from our former Chicago area hometown who like to visit. As an alternative to the water activities and shows I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Ridgedale, Missouri
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Ridgedale, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As new resident of the Branson MO area, we have several guests from our former Chicago area hometown who like to visit. As an alternative to the water activities and shows I would suggest the Ralph Foster Museum which is on the campus of the unique college nicknamed Hardwork U. Our last visitors were from Chicago and after visiting the... More 

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mid missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A nice museum that has A LOT of things to see. Was impressed with the amount and variety. It may not hold kids interest for the amount of time you really need to experience it, but they will enjoy parts of it.

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Kerrville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are visiting College of the Ozarks, don't miss stopping at the Ralph Foster Museum. Quite a variety of items are on display. Loved seeing the kewpie doll collection as well as the Clampett's original car from the Beverly Hillbillies. Because of time we were only able to see the first floor.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a sleeper. You could easily spend 3 hours here. The original truck from the Beverly HIllbillies is here and you can have your picture taken in it! The wide variety of collectibles is wonderful.

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Navasota, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good little museum to enjoy if you are in the area. Cost is very reasonable. Various collections from many private individuals. The give shop has many items made by the campus students for sale.

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New Haven, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a museum! Great collections of so many different items. $6 for adults to get in. You could spend a whole day in this museum. Kids loved the animal exhibits and husband loved all the gun collections. Definitely worth checking out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose to go to this museum because of all of the great reviews. The museum is in desperate need of an update. Some of the displays look exhausted. The museum is run by the students of the college and they are great and awesome! Great collection of guns. The museum would benefit from some modernizing.

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Annette S, Manager at Ralph Foster Museum, responded to this review

We are still a work in progress. As time and budget monies allow, we are updating the exhibits. The museum has been in existence since the early 1930s and while we have made great strides, we continually to try to refresh. Thank you for visiting! More 

Minden, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beverly Hillbilly car is on display along with a lot of other great stuff! Definitely a must see if in the area! Buy some jam or jelly too! You will not be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you give yourself enough time to walk this museum. The amount of collections in this museum was unbelievable. A wide variety of collectibles. I could not believe how much stuff they had in one museum. Cheap admission, high-school students, and children get in free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just pulling away from the museum. I was so impressed by the exhibits that I wanted to write my review ASAP! Easily the best college museum I've ever seen. Incredible Native American artifact collection and firearm collection. Great job!!

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