Andrew County Museum and Historical Society

Andrew County Museum and Historical Society

Andrew County Museum and Historical Society
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A private, not-for-profit organization, the Andrew County Museum is housed in a modern 14,000 sq. Ft. Facility donated by Harry F. Duncan. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the county's rich history. The award winning exhibit "A Rural Way of Life", compares and contrasts life in town with life on the farm from 1841 into the 21st century. -Learn how families pulled together to make their farms a success. -View how kitchens in farmhouses and town changed over time. -Take home recipes for fried chicken from 1900 and Swiss steak from 1950. -Enjoy a segment of a silent movie, projected on the side of a brick building just as it was in the early 1900s. -Visit a general store. -Learn about the cycle of life in rural areas, from childhood to family life to death. -Hear old-time radio programs from the 1930s. See temporary exhibits in the Duncan Gallery and find items in the Gift Shop.
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dennishZ6515PZ
Greensboro, NC2 contributions
Aug 2022
If you are in the St. Joseph, MO area it’s worth taking a side trip to Savanna to tour this wonderful county museum; it’s is a real gem. The displays are focused and not over done. You learn how life has changed for the residents from the early settlers to the present with many artifacts from homes, lifestyles, technology and culture. You can easily spend an hour or more touring the exhibits and talking to the docents.
Written August 16, 2022
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KCBirdLady
Kansas City, MO113 contributions
Feb 2023
This small museum focusing on rural life is very clean and new-looking. There is a lot of reading involved and there are many photos in the exhibits. There are surprisingly few artifacts displayed, but this is at least partly because there is not space to display many of the items they own. An upcoming expansion should help with this. There is a need for more maintenance of the interactive exhibits; several buttons did not produce a response when pushed. The only real annoyance was an audio tape that played in a loop in one area. It was very quiet when we visited, and we got really tired of hearing that same bit of speech hundreds of times.
Written February 5, 2023
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Thank you for the helpful review of our county museum. We are sorry to learn that you had a problem with some of the interactive buttons. In checking, we didn't find any problems but we did wander if a docent had neglected to turn on the "silent movie" exhibit. Thanks for bringing up the repeated narrative relating to the changes in farm equipment. The original idea was for the voice to attract attention to the exhibit interactive and previous visitors had not mentioned that it was annoying. Staff might review.that option. The number of artifacts is limited as we only utilized those that space allowed as we attempted to tell a story of how life changed in rural America, and specifically Andrew County.. We do use other artifacts for our temporary exhibits in the Duncan Gallery. We thank you for coming to visit our museum and for the nice review.
Written March 22, 2023
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dbarnhart
Saint Joseph, MO1 contribution
Sep 2010
I am an American History teacher at Savannah High School and the museum has developed a really good educational outreach program. Each of the American History teachers took their classes over to the museum for a wonderful "scavenger hunt" early in the school year (September). The museum staff and volunteers had put together some questions and information for the students to find as they wander around the museum. They had consulted with us prior to the visit and the information included in the scavenger hunt tied into our curriculum for the first semester. The kids had lots of fun and learned some local history and how that local history connected with the broader national history they were studying. They found it exciting to see how world and national events were perceived or impacted in their corner of the world.

The museum has lots of interesting information and interactive activities as well. The students loved the display of photographs of local families that had been in the county for generations, loved looking at the time line that highlights what was happening in the world, nation and Andrew County simulataneously, enjoyed seeing how people lived "long ago", and even enjoyed a short clip of a silent movie. Everyone connected with the museum was super helpful and friendly.
Written March 11, 2011
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Bertie S
Grandview, MO1 contribution
Mar 2011
I've seen in museum in Europe and the United States, but this one was outstanding. As a former resident of Savannah I truly appreciated the displays representing various areas of life in Andrew County. The displays were so appropriate - extemely well done. It is my new favorite museum, and I want to go again soon.
Written March 6, 2011
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kristingardner
Mansfield, TX1 contribution
Jan 2011
The museum was more than informative, it was engaging. All of the exhibits were well done and interesting. On top of everything, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, passionate about their work.
Written March 3, 2011
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lloyd1942
Lincoln, NE1 contribution
andrew county museum in savannah missouri
3/2/2011.

My wife and I have been to the museum twice in the last year. one time was not enough and since I have not read it all we will be going back in the near future.

We have been to a lot of museums all over the United States but this one is not like any other historical museum. They all have displayed items from the past and included their own local history. This andrew county museum has theirs displayed in a very unique manner that I have not seen done anywhere else. They show the old fashioned way of the era and right beside it they show the modern version. Whoever's idea it was to show the old/new side by side was a stroke of genius. It really adds to the value to be learned by future generations who did not have the opportunity to grow up in a small agriculture community and makes touring the andrew county museum a real treat.

sincerely,

L.G. Weathermon
Lincoln, NE.
Written March 2, 2011
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MIaudrey
Hastings, MI1 contribution
Jul 2010
It was apparent to me that your staff set very high standards for the displays and exhibits in the museum. These exhibits were attractively presented and were historically accurate. They made the viewer cognizant of the history of Andrew Count and of our country.
Written March 2, 2011
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jessem660
maryville, missouri, USA1 contribution
Aug 2011 • Solo
I went for work, and found the museum to be very interesting. Many small-town local museums have eclectic collections of artifiacts and local history, this one has a focus, or rather a theme... It is also nice to see modern history, as many museums tend to only display 100+ year old artifacts and stories. The Andrew County museum really does give one a good view of the county throughout its past.
Written August 6, 2011
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sandydoezie
Penngrove, CA34 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
While visiting in the Mid-West, I had the occasion to visit Savannah, Missouri, and was taken to see this marvelous museum and to learn about the local history of Andrew County, and most specifically about the farmers and ranchers who settled and prospered in the 1800 and 1900's.
Many of the founding fathers families still live in the area.

This museum is top notch, and so very professionally presented. The curator staff is extremely knowledgeable. They also have a very good genealogy Department. Allow at least one hour to tour the museum.

Savannah is just north of St. Joseph, Missouri, the home of the Pony Express, and just 45 minutes down I-29 to Kansas City.
Written April 4, 2013
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Claire H
Page, AZ4 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
While visiting relatives in Savannah, they took my husband and I to the museum. I was really impressed with this museum! The wide variety of displays were very professionally done. The stories about families past and present from the area gave the exhibits a very personal feel. There was a very good mix of types of displays: audio, interactive, static, and dynamic. The museum does an excellent job telling the history of the area with the emphasis on how farming was been done in the area and changed over the years. My cousin explained the extent to which research was done to make sure all exhibits were true and correct. I really enjoyed my visit to the museum and was glad we were able to spend several hours there!
Written September 25, 2012
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