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“A must see in Branson area”

Ralph Foster Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Rogers, Arkansas
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A must see in Branson area”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wonderful and varied collections on display. The museum wasn't crowded so we could spend as much time viewing items as we wanted. A real 'gem' in the area.

Visited August 2014
Thank Louise925
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McKinney, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Truly the Smithsonian of the Ozarks”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

We spent 3 hours in this 3-story museum. Well done, everything super clean and very extensive collections. We've been to the Smithsonian museums and this small museum has some rival collectibles. We were stunned by the array of Winchester rifles, and all the taxidermy. Plus coins, glassware, porcelain, and even a Rolls Royce. Hope they've got plenty of security as there is a great deal of value located within their walls! A great find!

Visited July 2014
Thank Boomeraz46
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Morehead, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“spend the day”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

you can easily spend the day in this museum. one of the best values in the area. For 11.00 my wife and I got to sit in the REAL Beverly Hillbillies car, get our photo taken(which was placed in a cardboard frame) and a postcard of the car. After they young man took our photo, he used my phone to take 3 more photos. He then let us switch "drivers" and took 3 more photos.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Michael W
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“museum fun”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

decided to check out the museum on campus of college of the ozarks 3 floors of interesting collections a nominal admission fee but good for all day if you want to leave and come back. spent a couple hours browsing!

Visited June 2014
Thank Ron C
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Southern Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Smithsonian of the Ozarks”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

This museum is completely packed with artifacts celebrating not only the Ozarks but all of America. Their most popular item is likely the original "Beverly Hillbillies" car. They also have thousands of guns and weapons on dispay - some owned by notorious outlaws of the old west! Displays are all well marked and lit. They have a considerable collection of taxidermy animals including lions, tigers and polar bears! The cost of the museum is nominal and one could easily spend hours pouring over their numerous displays and collections.

Visited February 2014
Thank Jeramie
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