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.
Traveling Exhibit Deeply Rooted: Stories of Missouri Farming
Deeply Rooted: Stories of Missouri Farming celebrates Missouri’s agricultural heritage and the people – past and present – who bring food to our tables. The exhibit covers a wide range of topics from prehistoric agriculture to modern roof-top gardens and the joys and heartbreak of the industry.
A local component with illustrations, artifacts, multimedia, and text panels is planned to share the Southwest Missouri region’s stories.
This original display was produced by the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City, Missouri. This exhibit was funded by the parks, soils, and water sales tax. The Missouri State Museum is part of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Early Bird Feed and Fertilizer Missouri
Old Missouri Bank
Gordon’s Feed and Pet
Greene County Farm Bureau
Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply
James D Tucker II
History Museum Book Club
Reading: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.
Meet in person Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm at Tie and Timber Beer Company.
Downtown Walking Tour
Friday, May 27 at 5:30pm*
Friday, June 24 at 5:30pm
Friday, July 22 at 5:30pm
Friday, August 26 at 5:30pm
Commercial Street Walking Tour
Learn about the impact of the railroad, the relationship between North and South Springfield, and the society and culture of C-Street. Presented in partnership with the Commercial Club of Springfield, MO.
Saturday, May 28 at 10:30am
Saturday, June 25 at 10:30am
Saturday, July 23 at 10:30am
Saturday, August 27 at 10:30am
With limited space available, reserve your spot today!
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 stories.
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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.