Museums

Bonniebrook Historical Society & Kewpie Doll Museums
485 Rose O'Neill Rd
Walnut Shade, MO 65771
1-800-539-7437 (Kewpies)
417-561-1509
Roseoneill.org
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Located 9 miles north of Branson on Hwy 65, the entrance is on your right (east) across from Bear Creek Trail Rides at Bear Creek Road

The famous illustrator and creator of the Kewpies, Rose O'Neill loved the Ozarks and the home she had built for her family. She returned to Bonniebrook for good in 1936 dying in 1944. The homestead includes the O'Neill family home, beautiful grounds with the creek that inspired the name Bonniebrook, Museum, art collection, research library and gift shop. A fascinating place and worth the visit

Open-April 1-November 30, Tuesday –Saturday 9 AM-4 PM

Ticket Prices do not include tax: (note-these are 2011 prices)
Adults-$8.00
Members-$2.00
Students-$3.00
Child (12 & under)-free
Annual Membership-$15.00 (admission price apply toward membership on the day of visit)
Groups of 10 or more-$7.00 per person


Branson Auto Museum
1335 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-335-2600
Bransonmuseum.com
76 East-light green on our area map

Located in the old Englar Block Craft Mall, the Branson Auto Museum features a continually changing inventory of over 100 cars, many of which are for sale. The collection also includes tractors, farm implements, sculptures, fountains and a home furnishing museum/gallery. A gift shop is also located on the property

Open- daily 7AM-9 PM

Tickets prices do not include tax:
Adults-$13.95
Senior/AARP/Military-$11.95
Child (12-18)-$9.95
Child (5-11)-$8.95
Child (0-4)-Free
Family Pass (2 Adults & 4 Child)- $34.95
Season Pass-$100.00
(unlimited visits for you and 1 guest for 1 year, Branson Auto Museum hat, 2 adult admissions to VIP Events and 10% discount in gift shop)
Group sales available for 15 or more


Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure
4106 W. Hwy 76 (up the hill past RFD Theater)
Branson, MO 65616
417-332-2231
Butterflypalace.com
76 West-Light yellow on our area map

You will experience walking through thousands of tropical, exotic butterflies in this adventure into nature. Your admission includes a movie about the tropical butterfly life cycle, passage to the Living Rainforest Science Center, a journey through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and scaling the Coconut Tree Climb

Open-Daily 9 AM-5 PM except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Ticket prices do not include tax:
Adults-$18.95
Child (4-12)-$9.95
Child (0-3)-Free
Seniors (55+)-$16.95
note-coupons for $1 off adult and $.50 off child tickets available on their website
Group information-call 417-332-2231


Dewey Short Visitor Center
South Hwy 165 (south side of Table Rock Dam)
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-4101
www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/tablerock/recreation.htm
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The center contains exhibits detailing the natural history area and the American Indians that inhabited the Ozarks. A theater features 3 films:

Taming of the Riviera Blance is an introduction to the Table Rock Lake/White River area (20 min)

Where Eagles Soar depicts the story of how the eagles were brought back from endangerment in Missouri (14 min)

The Expedition of Lewis and Clark telling of their exploration, encounters, objectives and accomplishments (32 min)

If arriving by boat a courtesy dock is located on the Visitors Center grounds. The beautiful grounds of the center offer a place for picnics, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving or fishing along the shoreline. Also available is a 2 mile hiking trail along the shoreline

Open- 7 days a week, 9 AM-5 PM, April 1-October 31

Ticket Price-Free


Dinosaur Museum
2020 West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-335-8739
Bransondinosaurs.com
76 East-light green on our area map

The dinosaurs are life size sculptures ranging from the 2 story high Tyrannosaurus Rex to the tiny 12 inch tall microraptor.Exhibits include giant sea lizards, flying retiles and much more. The movie theater shows high-definition educational films bringing dinosaurs to life. Hands on activities are also a part of the fascinating exhibit

Opens-Daily at 9 AM

Ticket prices do not include taxes:

Adults-S11.95 (Combo ticket with Haunted house and Monster Asylum-$18.95)

Child-$8.95 (Combo ticket with Haunted house and Monster Asylum-$13.95)

Group Rates (15 or more-call for information)


Gaetz Tractor Museum
1 Opportunity Avenue
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO
417-334-6411, ext. 3407
cofu.edu
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HOLLISTER AREA: South of Branson, along Hwy 65 and across Lake Taneycomo is the town of Hollister. Turn right at first exit to go to College of the Ozarks.

This may be small but the atmosphere takes visitors back in time. Highlights include a Canadian 1919 Massey-Harris, a 1935 John Deere B, a 1930 Rumely 6A and more. Other machinery, such as an antique Marseilles-Adams cyclone feed power corn sheller, add variety to the exhibit.

Also on display is an impressive collection of tractor seats, along with other farm implements, such as plows, harnesses and saws. The Gaetz Tractor Exhibit is free and open to the public during normal business hours

Open-normal business hours

Ticket prices: Free


HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM
3030 West Hwy 78
Branson, MO 65616
417-337-8277
Hollywoodwaxmuseum.com
76 Central-Light orange on our area map

A multi-million dollar renovation has enhanced the famous museum even more

Open- Daily 8:00 AM - various closing times based on time of year and day of week (Note-10 AM opening Jan 1-March 1, 2012

Ticket prices do not include tax:
Adults 12-54-$17.95
Seniors 55 + -$15.95
Children 4-11 - $8.95
Under 4 -Free

Special online pricing offers $3.00 discount
Package prices available for all of Hollywood Entertainment including Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf, Castle of Chaos and Hannah's Maze of Mirrors


Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead
5586 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-4191
Oldmatt.com
76 West-Light yellow on our area map

Sitting atop Inspiration Point, made famous in the book Shepherd of the Hills, the 230 ft structure is the 2nd highest point in the state of Missouri and offers a gorgeous panorama of the Ozarks, Branson and the lakes. On a clear day you can see the mountains in Arkansas. A beautiful structure on the historic grounds of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

Open-Daily

Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks
1 Opportunity Avenue
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO
417-334-6411, ext. 3407
Rfostermuseum.com or cofu.edu
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HOLLISTER AREA: South of Branson, along Hwy 65 and across Lake Taneycomo is the town of Hollister. Turn right at first exit to go to College of the Ozarks.

Unless you're from the Ozarks and over 50, you may not know of Ralph Foster. Ralph started KWTO radio in Springfield in 1932 with broadcasts of live performers. In fact there were many country stars that got their start performing live at KWTO.

He later created the national TV show out of Springfield, MO called the Ozark Jubilee on ABC-TV. Saturday night in Springfield in those days was a big night, drawing crowds from all over the nation to the Jewell Theater in downtown Springfield. The show featured the country stars of the era playing country, rockabilly and Ozark music and the show helped popularize country music. .

The Ralph Foster museum on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Hard Work U) displays artifacts and natural history of the Ozarks region plus items from around the world. These items feature Art, Music, Native American artifacts, firearms, animal exhibits, dolls, clocks, Ozarks history and more

The Beverly Hillbillies truck is on exhibit at the entrance. Paul Henning, the producer of the Beverly Hillbillies found favor in the Ozarks and purchased a piece of land on the west side of Branson along hwy 76 that is now the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. Mr. Hennings made arrangements for this truck to be made a part of the Museums collections.

1st floor : cameo collection, doll collection, 1931 Rolls Royce, Si Siman Music Room and Rose O'Neill exhibit (founder of the kewpie doll) among other collections.

2nd floor: firearms collection, native American artifacts, natural history , and military conflict exhibits.
3rd floor: natural history including, full size moose, bird, butterfly and moth collections, environmental exhibit, and Ozarks History exhibit.

This is one of the favorite museums in Branson and is located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks. .

Open 9 AM-4:30 PM Monday thru Saturday-Closed week of Thanksgiving and Mid-December thru January.

Ticket prices:
Adults- $ 6.00
Senior Adults 62 + -$ 5.00
High School Age & under-Free


RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM
3326 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-337-5300
Ripleys.com
76 West-Light yellow on our area map

The building appears to have barely survived an earthquake and that is exactly the intention. It refers to one of the large succession of earthquakes in the US that occurred about 250 miles east of here at New Madrid, MO in 1811 and 1812

Inside you can take a self-guided museum tour through some of the most bizarre, strange and amazing collections of events and items ever compiled

Robert Ripley first called his cartoon feature in the New York Globe "Champs and Chumps" involving sports feats in 1918. The next year, after adding items not related to sports, he changed the name to "Believe it or Not."

This museum is interesting, fun and at times just hard to believe and yet they claim it is all true


Open- 9:30 AM- 7 PM- Mon-Thu (last ticket sold at 6 PM)
Open- 9:30 AM-9 PM- Fri-Sat (last ticket sold at 8PM)

Ticket prices do not include taxes:
Adults- $ 17.99 + tax
Children 4-12- $8.99 + tax
Child 0-3- Free
Group rates available


Titanic, World's Largest Museum Attraction
3235 HWY 76 at HWY 165
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-9500 or 1-800-381-7670Titanicbranson.com
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The sinking of the Titanic has captured the hearts and imaginations of people for generations. This magnificent indestructible ship sank on its maiden voyage

The 2-story stucture is shaped like the front section of the original ship. Built half-scale, it still rises 100 feet above the street

This is a self-guided museum tour so you can take your time looking through the 20 galleries and hundreds of artifacts, pictures and letters

An interesting part of your tour is the boarding pass you receive as you enter which includes a name of an original passenger. As you tour the museum you will be able to learn the story and fate of that passenger

Open-Daily at 9 AM – various closing times based on time of year and day of week. Closed December 25, 2012

Ticket prices do not include tax:

note-all ticket prices include audio enhancing the voyage. For the first time in the world you are able to hear actual titanic survivors tell their stories

Adults-$20.68
Child (5-12)-$10.77
Family pass (2 adults, 4 children)-$60.56 (Advance reservation)
Child (0-4)-free (advance reservation)


Veterans Memorial Museum
1250 W. HWY 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-2300 OR 1-877-554-8387
Veteransmemorialbranson.com
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Whether you're a veteran or know a veteran, you'll want to take this museums tour that highlights the men and women who defended this country in the 20th century

Over 2000 exhibits are displayed in 10 halls and include weapons, uniforms, murals, medals and memorabilia from all branches of the American military

The names of those killed in action in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century are displayed on the walls of the museum

Probably the most awesome display is the bronze sculpture of 50 life size soldiers storming a beach stretching 70 feet in length

Open: Schedule will be out soon

Ticket Prices do not include taxes:Adults-$14.95
Veterans & Active Military- $13.00
Students 13 to 17 years-$ 10.00
Children 5-12 -$5.00
Children 0-4-Free
Groups-15 or more-$11.00


The World's Largest Toy Museum
3609 West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-332-1499
Worldslargesttoymuseum.com
76 West-Light yellow on our area map

No matter what your age, this vast collection of toys from yesteryear will be a delight. There are toys dating to the civil war period all the way to the present. Even Grandma's closet can't compare to the number and range of toys on exhibit here

You'll wander through rooms of toys, bringing back memories of your childhood and those of your children. We can't imagine a more thorough exhibit

Right in the middle of the toy section of childhood pleasures is the Harold Bell Wright Museum. Harold Bell Wright was the author of the "Shepherd of the Hills" a story of the Ozarks at the beginning of the 20th century and one of the bestselling books in history

The museum features a film, manuscripts and copies of Wrights 19 books, his collection of firearms and numerous personal items and antiques

Open-call for details
Ticket prices-call for details

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