History Museum on the Square
Sharing Stories of the Crossroads
As a city at the crossroads of our nation, Springfield, Missouri played a role in many significant events throughout American history. Step back in time, and see these stories come to life through hands-on experiences, world-class exhibits, and activities for all ages. You’ll become part of the story as you ride on our passenger train, encounter a Wild Bill Hickok shootout, and immerse yourself in the Birthplace of Route 66.
Illuminating Stories of the Past
Journey through eight interactive galleries to see how Springfield, Missouri and its region shaped American history. Each gallery brings unique stories to life through world-class exhibits designed by Explus and videos and interactives created by Richard Lewis Media Group. Our rich and vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and “voices of history” are combined, using innovative technologies that are fun for all ages. You’re sure to discover something new with every visit.
Enjoy interactive displays and stories of the past as you enter.
Native Crossroads at the Spring
Explore the Native American experience in and around Springfield.
Trains, Trolleys, and Transportation
Take a ride back in time through Springfield’s transportation history.
Pioneers and Founders at the Crossroads
Peek into the lives of Springfield’s founding families.
The Civil War In Springfield
Discover Springfield’s significant role in the Civil War.
Wild Bill Hickok and the American West
Experience America’s first recorded Wild West shoot-out.
Birthplace of Route 66
Travel to the place where it all started.
Voices of History
Hear more stories of the crossroads in our temporary exhibit gallery.
Making History in the Present
Stay informed of the latest events and traveling exhibits happening in and around the museum. Make memories today and celebrate the past in the present.
“Aunt” Norma’s Hour – A Chat with Norma Champion
Join the History Museum on the Square and Aunt Norma Champion as we discuss Children’s Television.
Gambling & Gunslingers: The Great American Virtual Shoot-out Game + Party Kit
On July 21, 1865, Wild Bill Hickok became an American legend after taking part in the first shoot-out of the West. In this virtual puzzle game experience, players will discover clues that will take them through stories of Wild Bill’s life and the events that led up to the shoot-out with Davis Tutt. This game…
Frozen Custard Social Celebrating Missouri’s Bicentennial
Join us at Park Central Square on August 10th from 4-7PM to celebrate Missouri with free music and frozen custard.
Stories and Crafts on the Square – Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Rosemary Wells & Maria Tallchief
Stories and Crafts on the Square – Locomotive by Brian Floca
The event is FREE but registration is required. Please register by adding your guest count to the cart below.
Stories and Crafts on the Square – The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta
Stories and Crafts on the Square – Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Sensory Friendly Morning
General Admission applies – No registration needed.
Take a deeper dive into the rich history of the Springfield region and its impact on American history through our blogs.
Moving isn’t an easy task, but we’re lucky to have plenty of ways to make it a little simpler: moving vans, trucks, dollies and plenty more. In 1873, however, this wasn’t the case. Wagons were the most efficient manner of transporting materials so our communities could grow and expand further than previous boundaries. The Springfield Wagon…
Homer Boyd was never someone who could be measured with a single title. Not only was he known for his vocal talents and being part of a famed vocal group, he was also one of the key figures in retaining the history of the black community in Springfield, Missouri. His life in Springfield was a…
Illuminating Stories of the Past
Places To Visit
The museum is located at the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri. You’ll find parking and restaurants within walking distance. Our interactive map shows places of rich history in and around the Springfield area, from Civil War sites to the iconic Rail Haven motel on historic Route 66.