Museum Hours
It’s Saturday 1:16 am — Sorry, we’re closed
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The History Museum on the Square frequently hosts events for people of all ages. Join us for enriching learning experiences, interactive steps into the past, and exciting nights on the town. Don’t miss a moment of historic fun!

Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators – February 1,- May 7, 2023

02/01/2023 - 00:00

February 1, 2023 – May 7, 2023

Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators showcases the rich history of Black American education in Springfield through the lens of the educators who

were the cornerstones of the Black community before desegregation.

Experience the enlightening story of Springfield’s Black educational history and its connection to a national conversation.

Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square - History Museum on the Square

Sensory Friendly Saturday’s

02/11/2023 - 10:00 a.m.

General Admission applies – No registration needed.


Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square

History Museum Book Club

02/16/2023 - 06:00 p.m.

Our February read is All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
We’ll meet to discuss Thursday, February 16, 6-7 PM at the Panera on National and Elm (500 S National Ave, Springfield, MO 65802).

Host: History Museum
Location: Panera Bread on National & Elm

Route 66 Bus Tours – Get on the Mother Road!

03/18/2023 - 01:00 p.m.

Tour Dates:

The third Saturday of each month starting March 2023 through September 2023.

Saturday, March 18, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 15, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 17, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 15, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 19, 2023 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 16, 2023 1:00 pm

Tour Ticket Price:

Route 66 Bus Tour – $30/Museum Members & Patrons, $35/non-members

Tickets are non-refundable.

Host: History Museum
Location: Meet at Kentwood Hall 700 St. Louis St.

Downtown Walking Tour

03/24/2023 - 05:30 p.m.

Explore Springfield’s founding, growth, and most notable history where it took place.  Learn about the Wild Bill Hickok shootout on the square, Route 66, and more!
Tour Dates:

Friday, March 24, 2023 – 5:30 pm

Friday, April 21, 2023 – 5:30 pm

Friday, May 26, 2023 – 5:30 pm

Friday, June 23, 2023 – 5:30 pm

Friday, July 21, 2023 – 5: 30 pm

Friday, August 25, 2023 – 5:30pm

With limited space available, reserve your spot today!


Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square - History Museum on the Square

Commercial Street Walking Tour

03/25/2023 - 10:30 a.m.

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.

Tour Dates:

Tour Dates:

Saturday, March 25, 2023 – 10:30 am

Saturday, April 22, 2023 – 10:30 am

Saturday, May 27, 2023 – 10:30 am

Saturday, June 24, 2023 – 10:30 am

Saturday, July 22, 2023 – 10:30 am

Saturday, August 26, 2023 – 10:30 am

With limited space available, reserve your spot today!


Host: History Museum
Location: Commercial Street - Meet at Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

Queen City Quest

04/15/2023 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us for the third annual Queen City Quest Presented by Systematic Savings in partnership with Commerical Club and Commerical Merchants Club.

Queen City Quest is a one-day fundraiser scavenger hunt challenge that will be fun for friends, families, and co-workers!

Participation is open to all and carrying out the hunt will be simple and fun. Players will use GooseChase, a free and easy to use an app, to find challenges, complete questions, and track their progress. Teams can also track opponents’ progress with the action feed and automatically updated leaderboard during the game, adding a healthy dose of competition!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Systematic Savings

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, contact Charlotte McCoy.

Host: History Museum
Location: History Museum on the Square

The Route 66 Series – 5 years – 5 Exhibits- 5 Series Sponsor

08/03/2023 - 00:00

Route 66 Series culminating with The Mother Road’s 100th birthday in 2026.

Once, not so very long ago, Route 66 was the best way to travel between Chicago and Los Angeles. All manner of restaurants were dotted along its two thousand miles, featuring many types of food to satisfy hungry and road-weary travelers.

We hope you will come along for the ride. Consider supporting this exhibit with many levels of sponsorship.

History Museum on the Square is a 501c3 nonprofit organization; all donations are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square - History Museum on the Square

Sharing Stories of the Crossroads – Hosted by John Sellars

12/31/2023 - 04:00 p.m.

Join John Sellars, Executive Director Emeritus of the History Museum on the Square and long-time lover of local history every Tuesday at 4:00 pm on KICK 92.3 FM.

The program will focus on History Bits in Springfield, Local Headlines from a Century ago and a variety of guests to share local history and stories of the past.

Check out the link for past podcasts.

Host: History Museum