Ralph Foster Museum

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Ralph Foster Museum
4.5
About
The Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks is temporarily closed. To find out more about re-opening visit our website at rfostermuseum.com. 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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2-3 hours
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deannajo1
14 contributions
yeah!! this is well worth the time
Feb 2020
every visitor that I have taken there always want to stay twice as long as the time we had discussed before going They are absolutely fascinated They can't believe the amount of different exhibits there are in one museum
Written September 10, 2020
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blyth64062
Lawson, MO8 contributions
You have to stop and visit this museum
Aug 2020
This place is wonderful and a must-see every time you visit Branson
You will never be able to take it all in during one visit
Incredible museum
Very affordable
Written August 8, 2020
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Jim T
Branson, MO196 contributions
Plan on a hour at least
May 2019
It doesn't look large but there is so much to see. Many, many displays of local historical items that you might never have even been aware of. It will take you some time to go through. There is also an interactive room for children to learn. It is children only but don't be alarmed. They are guided by instructors and will enjoy the time.
Written January 9, 2020
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Dennis R
Quincy, MI12 contributions
Another Great Museum
Dec 2019
Very worthwhile stopping to see. Many interesting collections all in one place. I was there 3 hours.
Written December 28, 2019
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Carol H
Rochelle, IL40 contributions
Excellent Ozark museum
Dec 2019
Lots to look at depicting life in the Ozark area. Also, appeared to be a very good firearm collection. Something for everyone to see.
Written December 17, 2019
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oklambsrus
Colbert, OK67 contributions
Must go.
Sep 2019
This is actually the best thing to see on a Branson trip. We have been several times. There are so many interesting items and lots of history. Admission is very cheap.
Written December 16, 2019
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jol2223
Evanston, IL13 contributions
Excellent collection of memorabilia.
Nov 2019
Plan to spend at least 1.5 - 2 hours to do justice to the collections here.Everything from toys to military collections. I especially enjoyed the Kewpee Doll collection and the Cameo display. My husband was a fan of the gun collection.
Written November 11, 2019
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Thank you for visiting! I am glad you enjoyed it.
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Alan T
Texas698 contributions
Allow Enough Time
Oct 2019
We made a rookie mistake by not allowing enough time to see all of the museum. But hey, we hit the high points. I posed beside the Beverly Hillbillies' jalopy and my wife (who has a lot more class than me) loved the original Thomas Hart Benton painting, "The Departure of the Joads." Be sure to check the operating hours of the museum and take time to see it all.
Written November 7, 2019
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HappyCampers411
OKLAHOMA CITY14 contributions
Off to the museum
Oct 2019
The second floor of the museum was a collection of guns and rifles. They had more guns there than I've ever seen anywhere. It was a surprise. Reading some of the stories of the soldiers in World War II was very interesting. The third floor was stuffed and mounted animals. It took me by surprise when I stepped off the elevator and there right before me was a standing polar bear and a grizzly bear! Down a few steps was a moose with giant antlers! It all was very interesting. We didn't have time to view the first floor, other than seeing right in the front of the first floor was the Beverly Hillbillies vehicle. That was cool to see! This was a great museum to visit.
Written October 31, 2019
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sydnakay
Fredericksburg, VA3 contributions
Don't miss this museum
Oct 2019
We weren't sure what to expect at this museum but it is a fabulous place - lots of Ozark history, many collections from birds to barbed wire, and they even have the Beverly Hillbilly's jalopy. Interesting Ozark music history and displays. We loved it. If you are visiting the College of the Ozarks, don't miss this museum.
Written October 29, 2019
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