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The Beverly Hillbillies Truck
The Beverly
Hillbillies Truck
Poker Alice Exhibit
Poker Alice

Poker Alice had the reputation of being the toughest female gambler America had ever seen.

Gems Exhibit
Gems of the Ozarks

Purple Fluorite is a member of the Halides family. Its color ranges from light lilac to deep purple.

Tear Jar
Tear Jar

The descendant’s mourners shed their tears into the vase and placed it in the tomb of the deceased.

Masonic Swords
Masonic Swords

The Masonic sword is a centerpiece of the Freemasons' Motto: “What You Make, Makes You."

Cameo Collection
Cameo Collection

Cameos are made from a wide range of materials, ranging from shells to precious gems.

Space Mission Exhibit
Apollo Mission

This plaque is one of three made from the original mold. One of the plaques was left on the moon.

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

The Bengal tiger is from the northern regions of India and is one of the largest species of tiger in the world.

Rose Oneill Doll Exhibit
Rose O'Neill Dolls

This doll was a figure created from Rose O’Neill's mind and resides here with her other creations.

Butterfly Exhibit
Traditional Looms
and Spinning Wheels
Western Show Costume
Western Show Costumes

These are western show costumes from the Marcella Thompson Lewis Collection from Polk County, Missouri.

Natural History

This coyote is a part of the North American Taxidermy section. There are many other animals on display.

Star School
Star School

Star School had its beginning in 1863, in Barry County, Missouri, on Flat Creek near Willow Branch.

Log Cabin
Bookout Cabin

The builder, grandfather of Homer Bookout, made this cabin out of hewn logs shaped with an adze.

Rolls Royce

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the last of the great 6 cylinder cars supervised by F. Henry Royce himself.

American Bison
American Bison

The American Bison once roamed North American grasslands in huge herds but nearly became extinct.

Cream Separator
Cream Separator

The earliest separators used gravity as their driving force to separate the cream from the milk.

Vintage Popcorn Machine
Popcorn Machine

This artifact is an antique popcorn machine from the old Jewell Theatre in Springfield, Missouri.

Antique Clocks and Watches
Antique Clocks
and Pocket Watches