Andrew County Museum and Historical Society

Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, Savannah: Hours, Address, Andrew County Museum and Historical Society Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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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Excursion57612311006
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A stroll through Northwest Missouri history
Jan 2020
Informative and friendly staff. Complete view of life in and around Andrew County from civil war to present.
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you for the excellent rating of our museum. We are very appreciative and glad you liked our exhibits.
Written January 5, 2020
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Jennifer Gail Morris
1 contribution
Hometown Fun!
Jun 2019 • Family
I love the hands on activities and programs that the museum has to offer. There is always something new to learn. It is so fun to see people you recognize in the exhibits.
Written June 8, 2019
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Thank you for the nice review, Jennifer. The museum tries to have a variety of experiences for visitors to enjoy from being outside during the recent Vintage Tractor and Ag Show and the upcoming youth summer camp to changing inside exhibits in the Duncan Gallery such as the newly completed exhibit featuring native son Harry Duncan developed, researched and prepared by our spring intern, Josie Durfee. Our award winning "A Rural Way of Life" permanent exhibit features families and events in Andrew County but tells a story similar of rural America as changes came.
Written June 17, 2019
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Monica G
Missouri107 contributions
Hidden gem
Jan 2019 • Family
This is just an amazing museum in small town rural Savannah, MO. Being a citizen of the county probably makes it more interesting knowing a lot of the people and families in the exhibits, but it is also woven into the history of our country and the westward expansion. The exhibits are top quality and very interesting, especially great for history buffs. Definitely worth an afternoon trip to Savannah!
Written February 7, 2019
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Thank you Monica for the nice review of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society. "Hidden gem" is an apt description of our facility because even in Andrew County, many do not realize the quality exhibits and programs offered here. Our museum features the stories of everyday citizens doing everyday activities and how those have changed in the last 175+ years. Famous names or events may not be highlights that draw visitors from across the country but for people interested in how life in rural America has evolved since the middle nineteenth century our museum is a treasure worth discovering. We hope you will soon return to visit our permanent exhibit, our changing exhibits or one of our interesting programs.
Written February 16, 2019
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Iowa515
Creston, IA2 contributions
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Jul 2017 • Couples
We visited the museum before and after the eclipse. It was much more than we expected with a nice variety of exhibits depicting Andrew county and America's heritage. The museum is a new-one level facility, clean and well organized. We noted that the exhibits were professionally done. The people that work here, as well as the volunteers, are top notch. Very knowledgeable and accommodating! Since they have rotating exhibits, we plan to return.
Written September 3, 2017
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We were pleased you could visit our Museum Solar Eclipse Viewing Party and, like others, we were disappointed that the clouds and rain interfered with our "watch" of the eclipse. The opportunity to visit our museum was something that we hope made your trip into Missouri worthwhile. The reaction that the museum is "much more than expected" is one we hear from many visitors. The museum permanent exhibit attempts to tell a story of change in rural America over time and much that is shown is not peculiar to just Northwest Missouri. Thank you for the very nice review and we look forward to your return visit.
Written September 13, 2017
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Kristi L
Ham Lake, MN57 contributions
Visit to the museum for the eclipse
Aug 2017 • Family
Cute museum. More than I thought there would be. We came here for eclipse viewing and got here early enough to let the kids wander around the museum for about an hour.
Written August 21, 2017
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Thank you for choosing our eclipse event to attend! We appreciate that your family took the time to take in our Rural Way of Life exhibit and hope you had time to see the toy tractor, fast pitch softball, doll, Harry Duncan, and other exhibits back in the Duncan Gallery. We are proud of the quality of our museum and so glad to have the opportunity to host you and guests from around the United States for the event.
Written August 23, 2017
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mtnrudi
Chino Hills, CA36 contributions
A Small Town Treasure Worth Your Time
Aug 2017 • Friends
I recently was here for a family event in the Community Room, and had the opportunity to view the exhibits. They were thoroughly creative and informative, fully explaining this rural agricultural area in Northwest Missouri. Even though I grew up in this area and attended the local high school, I learned a great deal about the county's history. The museum covers everything from the early residents to the civil war to the progression of farming techniques and farm life through various decades. Well worth your time if you're traveling through the area.
Written August 8, 2017
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Thank you so much for taking time to write this nice review. From the permanent exhibit, A Rural Way of Life, to the rotating exhibits in the Duncan Gallery, we try to present the history of our small towns and farm life in a way that entices our visitors to learn more and get excited about the past. It was great to have your group in the Museum. We appreciate that many were able to enjoy the exhibits while they were here. We hope to see you again here at the Andrew County Museum.
Written August 9, 2017
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Nikki H
New York City, NY11 contributions
A Gem of a Museum on the Prairie
Jun 2017
My husband and I visited here on June 27, 2017. We were greeted by the director, Jan. This fine museum depicts the rural life and heritage of this Missouri county from the 1840's to the year 2001. It features professionally designed, well thought-out displays, beautifully illuminated, unlike so many museums dedicated to this topic, that are dimly lit and dingy.
This institution is more than a collection of your grandparents's tools!
Of special note, a timeline chronicling technological and historic events and population statistics of the county, the United States and the world affords one a perspective!
Another interesting display is a film which compares the ability of live horses plowing to that of farm vehicles from various time periods plowing. Talk about the true meaning of "horse power!"
I recommend this museum for everyone from mid-elementary school age to adults.
Written July 25, 2017
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We are very glad that you and your husband enjoyed your visit to the Andrew County Museum. Our permanent exhibit, "A Rural Way of Life" is our center piece as we attempt to help people see the changes that have made rural America transition from a pre-industrial period to a modern, mechanical and technology laden world. Visitors have enjoyed seeing the video comparing the time required to till a 40 acre plot from the days of horse drawn plows to today's huge, 4-wheel drive tractors and the progress through the years using various tractors that became more and more powerful. We hope you will have an opportunity to return for a future visit. Thanks for the very nice review and recommendation.
Written July 27, 2017
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Ekekla08
Saint Joseph, MO259 contributions
Great little museum in a wonderful town!
Dec 2016 • Family
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this museum at Christmas. It is a nice little museum full of Andrew County history, but at Christmas it takes on a whole new life! Several area businesses and local folks make up a Christmas tree to raffle off one night of the year . . . while that is going on, local's are performing in the museum, cookies are being served and the whole community comes out. Local high school students help around the museum and museum uses this event as a wonderful fundraiser that EVERYONE enjoys!
Written June 21, 2017
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Thank you for the very nice review of an important event held at the Museum. The Winter Event has become one of the premier events of the community. Held the first Saturday of December each year, the opportunity to win one of some twenty fully decorated Christmas trees or other items donated for the event attracts many members of the community. Local talent performances and refreshments make for a truly gala event.
Written June 23, 2017
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dstarks1943
Parkville, MO96 contributions
Truly worth the stop!!
Apr 2017 • Couples
We just visited the Andrew County Museum on a dark, rainy chilly day. Cabin fever was setting after many similar days. We needed to get out in the world. After being told about it by a friend we decided on heading up north to the Andrew County Museum in Savannah, Missouri.

It was well worth the day road trip and just a pleasant one-hour drive up I-29 from Kansas City, all on the interstate.

Not only is it clean, bright and spacious, it's one of the best small town museums we've ever visited

There are many well-lit displays of life in Andrew County. Many of the items featured are interactive with videos and moving displays.

The staff members are very pleasant and took time to come check on us and offer explanations of some to the items in the display booths. While we were there a school group was going though with guides taking small groups to the different rooms.

We’d planned on spending about 30 minutes there. It ended up being an hour and a half. That should tell you something about the place.

We were told that displays are constantly being updated or rotated from the many items stored in the basement that the museum does not have room for upstairs. For that reason we’re planning on going back.

Like I said, well worth the trip! $3 admission. $2 seniors.
Written April 28, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank your for the high rating and description of your visit. There are not many museums that tell the story of how living and working in rural America has changed from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century using the life experiences of families living in that period and with artifacts that reflect those changes. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Our local American History classes visit in the Fall and again in the Spring seeking answers to questions that help them relate the national history they will or have studied to events and developments that occurred locally. The "A Rural Way of Life" is our award winning permanent exhibit. Temporary exhibits in the Duncan Gallery allow us to focus on different aspects of life in rural America using museum owned artifacts, loaned artifacts and photos on subjects that give reason for visitors return to see new exhibits. We look forward to your return visit.
Written May 8, 2017
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Richard W
55 contributions
Great hisory
Nov 2016 • Friends
Lots of wonderful old picture about the county. A true history of the people and events that made nothwest Missouri a great place to grow up. I highly recommend it for everyone
Written February 13, 2017
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Thank you for the nice rating, review and recommendation. We attempted to tell the story of how life in rural America has changed since the 19th century using stories and pictures of local citizens and artifacts from the period.
Written May 8, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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