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History Museum on the Square

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History Museum on the Square

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154 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806-1313
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Night Ghost Tour of Pythian Castle in Springfield Missouri
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Night Ghost Tour of Pythian Castle in Springfield Missouri

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In Springfield, Missouri, the Gothic masterpiece of Pythian Castle sits shrouded in supernatural legend. Delve deeper into the dark recesses of the castle on this 1.5-hour evening ghost tour, during which you’ll tour the castle and visit spots of reputed haunting. Learn about Pythian Castle’s century-long history, listen to spine-chilling tales of specters and spirits, and perhaps encounter a restless soul. This family-friendly, small-group tour is limited to 15 people to maintain a spooky atmosphere.
$18.50 per adult
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Alli T wrote a review Nov 2020
20 contributions2 helpful votes
We visited the museum after lunch with our kids (ages 6 and 9). We could have spent hours here if we really took our time and read everything. We moved a little more quickly with the kids. They had neat interactive options throughout the museum, including a video game set up in a train that allows you different ways to survive a trip out west (any other Oregon trail kids like myself will want to play, too!), a time machine trolley, and a Wild West shoot-out target practice! The museum covers Native American history, western American history, and the history of the famous Route 66. Very interesting and fun family activity!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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MissMem wrote a review Nov 2020
Memphis, Tennessee1,148 contributions341 helpful votes
This museum offers a great historical experience. It covers information about the settlement of Native Americans from the Trail of Tears, Route 66 memorabilia, Civil War stories and much about the Wild West. It's exhibits were excellent and interactive.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Shorerunner83 wrote a review Oct 2020
Springfield, Missouri20 contributions8 helpful votes
First, I want to thank the History Museum for adapting their ghost tour to follow recommendations for safety during COVID. They have adapted it to a mostly outdoor walking tour with limited group size. The tour had eight people and the guide. Everyone was required to wear a mask which is also required by our local government but it was enforced on the tour. We adequately spaced out for social distancing which was easy because we were outside. The one indoor portion of the tour (5 minutes) was inside the old FOX theater which was large enough to space out. This was my first time at the museum and they explained that their prior tours were in a bus. In my opinion the walking tour would be far better than a bus tour in non-COVID time. It is approximately 1-mile walk on flat ground at an easy pace. Walking allows you to see and experience the downtown architecture and ambiance unlike driving. I hope the walking tour option is something they continue to offer after COVID. It was a fun way to see the downtown area! The guide was very knowledgeable and told us interesting historical stories. She was very good at incorporating the ghost stories too. This was one of the best activities I have done in Springfield and am so encouraged by their ability to make it COVID safe (or as safe as possible).
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Katie S, Guest Relations Manager at History Museum on the Square
Responded Oct 27, 2020
Thank you so much for participating in the Haunted History Walking Tour, and we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! We feel strongly about keeping our visitors as safe as possible while sharing local history... and having fun! We will continue the Haunted History Walking Tours in the future and have plans for additional tours throughout the year. Keep and eye on our website, and we hope to see you again!
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DeeDosch wrote a review Sep 2020
Nixa, Missouri2 contributions1 helpful vote
What a wonderful museum for families with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. This is a must see for anyone growing up in the vicinity as it reviews the history from the early pioneer days of Springfield to the birthplace of Route 66. You will learn about Native Americans who lived in the area as well as the Wild West day, Civil War battles, trains and more. Don't let this visit escape you.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Amunhotep wrote a review Sep 2020
Springfield, Missouri39 contributions28 helpful votes
A wonderful immersive experience into the history of Springfield, Missouri and the area. Lots of amazing exhibits, interactive and colorful. The multi-media is excellent, draws you into the story and gives a lot of insight into the people and places that made the area a wonderful historical place. Highly recommended for all ages.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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