Missouri Bootheel's Museums, Historical Sites, Markers, Monuments, Architecture and Cultural Sites



Benton Branch/Riverside Regional Library
Old Highway 61, P.O. Box 108
Benton, Mo. 63736
(573) 545-3581
Hours: 1-6 M,T,W,F and 8-12 Sat.
(Genealogy records for Scott County)


Southeast Missouri Agricultural

Route 1, Box 875
Bertrand, MO. 63823
(573) 471-3945
Hours: 9-4 Mon.-Sat. and 1-4 Sun.
(Missouri's largest agricultural

museum with over 6,000
pieces of antique farm machinery,

two log cabins, one
wooden railroad caboose, and

a relocated railroad depot.
Admission charged.)


Stars and Stripes Museum

and Library
17377 Stars and Stripes Way,

P.O. Box 1861
Bloomfield, MO. 63825-1861
(573) 568-2055
Hours: 10-4 Mon.-Fri., Closed

Tuesday, 10-2 Sat. 1-4 Sun and

by appt. (Museum and Library of

the "Stars and Stripes" military

newspaper, Donations accepted)

Stoddard County Museum
501 Center Street
Bloomfield, MO. 63825
(573) 568-2163
(Inside the Courthouse)
Hours: 2-4 p.m. the fourth

Sunday of each month.
(Museum features early farm

machinery, 1875 period parlor
and kitchen display.  Donations



Casino Aztar Exposition Center
421 East Third Street
Caruthersville, MO. 63830
(573) 333-6000
(Top name music concerts and

other special events. Show times

and tickets vary. Call for complete schedule.)

Caruthersville Public Library
1002 Ward Avenue
Caruthersville, MO. 63830
(573) 333-2480
Hours: 12-6 Mon. 10:30-5:30

Tues, Fri. and Sat 10-4 (Genealogy

records for Pemiscot County)


Chaffee Historical Museum
112 North Main
Chaffee, MO. 63740
(573) 887-6962
Hours: 9-11 Tues. and by appt.
(One of the region's oldest

railroad communities, the

museum provides a visual record of Chaffee's heritage since 1905.

Free admission.)


Mississippi County Historical

Society Museum
403 North Main
Charleston, MO. 63834
(573) 6833837
Hours: 2-4 Tues. and by appt.
(Built in 1899, this former

Victorian home provides a permanent showcase for history relating to
Mississippi County, Missouri.

Admission charged.)

Clara D. Newman Library
105 East Marshall
Charleston, MO. 63834
(573) 683-6748
Hours: 8-5 Mon.-Fri., except

Wed. 8-8 and 8-4 on Sat.
(Genealogy collection of

Mississippi County)


Commerce Museum
Commerce, MO. 63742
(573) 264-3960
Hours: By appt. only
(Early history of this community

that has survived several
Mississippi River Floods is

featured in the Museum.
Free admission.)


The Heritage House
Cooper and Market Streets
Dexter, MO. 63841
(573) 624-7458
Hours: By appt. only
(One of the oldest homes in

Dexter, restored to reflect
the different eras of ownership

style of furnishings.
Donations accepted.)

The Heritage Museum
11 North Walnut
Dexter, MO. 63841
(573) 624-7458
Hours: 1-4 Mon. and Thurs.

10-2 Sat. (Area Artifacts

depicting the history of Dexter.
Research material available.
Donations accepted.)


Big Oak Tree State Park

& Interpretive Center
13640 South Highway 102
East Prairie, MO. 63845
(573) 649-3149
Hours: 10-5 Memorial Day to

Labor Day (Elevated among a

preserved swampland, the center
provides a historical panorama of information regarding Southeast

Missouri and Southern Mississippi

County, Missouri. Free admission.)

Mississippi County Historical

224 East Main
East Prairie, Mo. 63845
(573) 649-2393
Hours: 2-4 Tues., Thurs., Sat.,

1-4 Wed. and Fri. (Museum

features displays, photographs

and papers on the life and times

of early East Prairie and

Mississippi County. Free admission.)

Towosahgy State Historic Site
County Road 502, South of

East Prairie

(573) 649-3149 (Big Oak Tree

State Park Office)
Hours: 10-4 daily. (64-acre site

that was once a fortified village and ceremonial center for the

Mississippian Indian Mound Builders.
Free admission.)







Dunklin County Museum
122 College Avenue
Kennett, MO. 63857
(573) 888-6620
Hours: 1-4 Wed. and by appt.
(Permanent collection of Indian

artifacts, wildlife displays and history of Dunklin County.Free admission.)                          


Bootheel Education Center
700 N. Douglas
Malden, MO. 63863
(573) 276-4577
Hours: 8-9 Mon.-Fri. except Thurs. 8-4.
(Special cultural and historic programs throughout the year. Call for schedule and ticket prices.)

Bootheel Youth Museum
700A N. Douglas
Malden, MO. 63863
(573) 276-3600
Hours: 10-4 Mon.-Sat., 1-4 Sun. Birthday parties by appt.(Hands on discovery museum featuring exhibits on science, arts and natural resources. Admission charged.)

Malden Historical Museum
201 N. Beckwith
Malden, MO. 63863
(573) 276-4287
Hours: 1:30-4 Wed. and Sat., and by appt.
(Highlights of the museum's collection include the history of the Little River Drainage District and the Dennis Collection of Egyptian antiques. Free admission.)


Dixie Theater
227 Main Street
New Madrid, MO. 63869
(877) 748-5300
(Chamber of Commerce Office)
(Seasonal programs including music shows, featuring local artists. Call for show schedule. Admission charged.)

Higgerson School Historic Site
300 Main Street
New Madrid, MO. 63869
(573) 748-5716
Hours: 10-4 Mon.-Sat. and 1-4 Sun.,
Memorial Day-Labor Day and by appt.
(Completely restored one-room school reflects the legacy of rural education in the nation's development. Admission charged.)

Hunter-Dawson Home State Historic Site
310 Dawson Road, P.O. Box 308
New Madrid, MO. 63869-0308
(573) 748-5340
Hours: 10-4 Mon.-Sat. and 12-4 Sun.
(Situated on 20-acres, this Antebellum home reflects the plantation culture of the late 19th century. Large collection of original, restored furnishings. Seasonal special events.
Admission charged.)

Mississippi River Observation Deck
Levee Road at Main Street, P.O. Box 96
New Madrid, MO. 63869-0096
(877) 748-5300
Hours: Open daily (120-ft. long observation platform overlooking eight miles of "Bessie Bend" on the Mississippi River.
15-30 minute tour talks available for groups. Free admission.)

New Madrid Historical Museum
101 Main Street
New Madrid, MO. 63869
(573) 748-5944
Hours: 9-4 Mon.-Sat. and 1-4 Sun.
Hours extended to 5p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day. (Housed in a former saloon, exhibits reflect the area's history from the New Madrid Earthquakes, the mound builders, the Civil War and early 20th century. Admission charged.)

New Madrid Memorial Library
431 Mill Street
New Madrid, MO. 63869
(573) 748-2378
Hours: 9-5 Mon.-Fri. and 9-12 Sat.
(Genealogy records of New Madrid County.)


Cleda Curtis Art School and Gallery
114 S. Railroad
Oran, MO. 63771
(573) 262-2374
Hours: by appt. only
(Gallery of nationally renowned artist Cleda Curtis. Art classes and commissioned portraits available.)

Oran Railroad Depot and Museum
115 State Highway W
Oran, MO. 63771
(573) 262-2203 or (573) 262-2446
Hours: by appt. only (Unique memorabilia from Oran's railroading heritage.)


Puxico Public Library/Log Cabin
201 North Hickman Avenue, P.O. Box 65
Puxico, MO. 63960-0065
(573) 222-3855
Hours: 12-5 Mon. and Thurs., 9-2 Tues. and Wed.  (Built in 1939 from native cypress, the building was first used as a city hall, a mayor's office, and now is the only
log cabin library in Missouri)


Sikeston Public Library
221 N. Kingshighway
Sikeston, MO. 63801
(573) 471-4140
Hours: 10-8 Mon.-Thurs., 10-6 Fri., 10-4 Sat., 1-5 Sun.  (Closed on Sunday during the summer.) (Genealogy records focusing on southern Scott County.)