Ralph Foster Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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tarajean424
Colleyville, TX380 contributions
Jun 2022
I didn’t not know what to expect with this museum, but I was so pleasantly surprised. Very affordable admission. There are so many artifacts there-you can spend several hours just seeing everything. It was very impressive pieces of history. Very nicely laid out. The student workers were very helpful and friendly as well. Don’t forget to take your picture by the Beverly hillbillies car!-that’s the best part! I highly recommend visiting.
Written June 9, 2022
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Hollee S.
Saint Michael, MN121 contributions
Jun 2022
This was such an incredibly cool hidden gem! This museum has it all, including the Beverly Hillbillies car, thousands of amazing old artifacts from the Ozarks and around the world (some from Biblical times), the biggest collection of weapons I’ve ever seen, incredible animal exhibits, and many other items. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours there. The staff were also wonderful: they are college students who work during the summer to pay for their room and board. During the school year, students work 15 hours per week to pay their tuition, so it’s called Hard Work U. It’s a must-see place; you won’t be disappointed.
Written June 18, 2022
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Jim T
Branson, MO196 contributions
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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amy257_11
Branson, MO21 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Wide variety and bigger museum than I realized. It is 3 levels with elevators. The Beverly Hillbillies car, dishes, dolls, clocks, knives, art and antiques on the first floor. Second floor is guns and hunting animals. Third floor is more stuffed animals, veteran tribute. Priced right for families--kids are free, adults $6. Wheelchairs available.
Written July 6, 2013
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Cynthia B
Long Prairie, MN112 contributions
Oct 2021
There are so many things here to see. We were here for two hours, could have spent much more time. Will go back again.
Written November 27, 2021
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Redbird12
Toronto Ontario32 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were astoniswhed by this unqssuming muweum. It hqws the Beverley Hollb8illies truck, and a comprehensive gun colledtion togeher with trophy mounts of all kinds includng a roaring tiger ready to pounce. We need another day to see the exhhibits and reqad the historyl Outstanding bargain admission
Written July 20, 2019
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Tony S
Tulsa, OK57 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
On each of the 3 floors there is a surprising amount of collections, information, videos, audios, and stuffed animals. Very impressive.
Written March 21, 2019
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Don V
Brenham, TX9 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
The Foster Museum is one of the best I've ever visited. It had really neat stuff and a variety of exhibits. I've never seen so many guns in one place.
Written July 31, 2018
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Very glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written August 1, 2018
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MaggieB07
Chesterfield, MO100 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a really nice, local history museum with a lot to see. Beautiful quilts, a great firearms collection, tractors & farm tools, and a wonderful little section of paintings that had several by Thomas Hart Benton.
Written July 24, 2018
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YMANMH
Uvalde, TX35 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This may be the largest collection of Ozark artifacts compiled in one collection. If you were not familiar with the College of the Ozarks when you arrive, you are well informed when you leave. There is a nice display of quilts from the area, many of them were very intricate and well preserved. I wished my sister were with me, as she taught quilting, in the past, and I think she would have appreciated the workmanship.

I personally was most impressed with the film describing the colleges' program where students were paired with WWII survivors where students returned with the survivor to the European or Pacific Theater to revisit their “place in history”. The film featured not only the veterans’ commentary on their return; but, also, the students’ perspective on the emotional journey they were sharing with the veterans. The students all admitted they had a better appreciation for the sacrifices that were made to preserve our freedom. Unfortunately, I inquired in the gift shop, if the DVD was for sale and found out it is not. So, to see this very special video, you will have to make plans to visit the Ralph Foster Museum. Another important point, students through high school age, admission is free.
Written July 22, 2018
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I am very glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the nice words about the Museum and C of O.
Written July 23, 2018
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