Events

Museum Hours
It’s Tuesday 9:45 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!

 

Downtown Walking Tour

06/01/2024 - 10:00 a.m.

Join us on this one-hour tour in Downtown Springfield, Missouri.
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, Trail and Tears and more!

Tour Dates:

June 1, 2024 – 10:00 am

July 6, 2024 – 10:00 am

August 3, 2024 – 10:00 am

$15 per person for Museum Members & Patrons, $20 per person for Non-Members.

06/01/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square - History Museum on the Square

Commercial Street Walking Tour

06/01/2024 - 10:30 a.m.

Join the History Museum as we explore the history of Commercial Street!

Explore Commercial Street with a one-hour walking tour. Learn about the impact of the railroad, the relationship between North and South Springfield, and the society and culture of C-Street.

This tour is presented in partnership with the Commercial Club of Springfield, MO.

Tour Dates

Saturday, June 1, 2024 – 10:30 am

Saturday, July 6, 2024 – 10:30 am

Saturday, August 3, 2024 – 10:30 am

$15 per person for Museum Members & Patrons, $20 per person for Non-Members

 

06/01/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: Commercial Street - Meet at Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

History Museum Book Club

06/06/2024 - 07:00 p.m.

Join the History Museum on their next Historical Fiction read
Join us in reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
It tells the story of Elizabeth Zott, who becomes a beloved cooking show host in 1960s Southern California after being fired as a chemist four years earlier.
We’ll meet on Thursday, June 6th at 7 pm at the picnic area by the Cherry Picker (601 S Pickwick Ave. Springfield, MO)

06/06/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: Picnic Area by the Cherry Picker (601 S Pickwick Ave. Springfield, MO)

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

06/08/2024 - 10:00 a.m.

Event Dates:
June 8, 2024
July 13, 2024
August cancelled due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
September 14, 2024
October 12, 2024
November 9, 2024
December 14, 2024
January 11, 2025
February 8, 2025
March 8, 2025
April 12, 2025
May 10, 2025
June 14, 2025
General Admission Applies – No registration is needed.

 

06/08/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square

Meet your Springfield Leaders

06/08/2024 - 10:00 a.m.

Families are invited to join us at the historic Fox Theater for a chance to speak with the people that make our community work. Local leaders in city governance, education, and business share their thoughts about leadership in an interactive panel discussion followed by a Q&A session geared toward our youth participants. Adult tickets are $5/person. Youth (17 and under) are FREE and must be pre-registered.

Please note – this is not a drop-off event. Chaperones must stay for the duration of the event. This is a family event – all adults must be accompanied by at least one child.

Saturday, June 8th. Doors open at 9:30AM. Panel discussion begins at 10AM, with Q&A for youth participants to follow.

This event is made possible by the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation’s Multi-Year Impact Grant for Student Citizenship and support by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

This event is designed as an opportunity for youth participants to learn about leadership and interact with some of Springfield’s leaders. In order to ensure as many kids as possible can participate in this event, only youth participants will be given opportunities to ask questions and have dialogue with the panelists.

06/08/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: 157 Park Central Square - Historic Fox Theatre

History UnCorked Series- Pools, Parks and Patios!

06/20/2024 - 06:00 p.m.

Thanks to our partners Ty lechyd Da Distillery, 417 Cocktails and Springfield/Greene County Parks

Thursday, June 20, 2024 – Pools, Parks, and Patios! 

Program is from 6-8 pm.

Join us for an unforgettable evening. Shake, stir, and sip your way through this interactive evening at the History Museum. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or a history buff, this event is perfect for everyone (21 and over). Bring your friends and make some memories as we toast to the past and present.

What to Expect:

  • Craft Three Unique Cocktails: Learn the secrets behind three delicious cocktails each inspired by the charm of pools, parks and patios.
  • Engaging History Lessons: Dive into the rich history of Springfield’s parks with engaging stories and facts presented by Springfield/Greene County Parks.

History Museum doors open at 5:00 pm. Museum admission is included. The cost is $50 per individual, $85 per pair/twosome, table for 6 at $250.  This event will have assigned seating. If you want to sit with a group, please put friends’ names in the Notes section when purchasing tickets. We will try our best but seating is limited.

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after purchasing your ticket. If you do not receive this email, please call the museum at 417-831-1976 to ensure your transaction was processed.

Must be 21 or over to participate. Must bring a valid ID to the event.

History Uncorked is a fundraiser for the History Museum on the Square.  Tickets are non-refundable.

 

 

06/20/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: 154 Park Central Square - History Museum on the Square

SERVICE – Community Service Fair on the Square

07/13/2024 - 10:00 a.m.

SERVICE – Community Service Fair on the Square – July 13th from 10 am to Noon There are a thousand ways to make a difference in your own community, and you can find many of them this summer on the square. More than two dozen local charitable organizations will have booths where you can learn…

07/13/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: Park Central Square

Route 66 Bus Tour – Get on the Mother Road!

08/17/2024 - 01:00 p.m.

Join David Eslick, History Museum Ambassador and a founder of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, as he shares the significance of Route 66 to the Springfield area,  photos of iconic places along the local route and an opportunity to share stories of the crossroads as you ride together.

Tour Dates:

Summer Bus Tour Date:

August 17, 2024 – 1:00 pm – Leaving from Downtown Springfield (specific address to be confirmed)

$30 per person for Members and $35 per person for NonMembers

At least ten individuals need to be registered for this event.  If ten are not registered one week before the tour date, a staff member of the History Museum on the Square will give you a call with a chance to reschedule or get a refund.

 

 

08/17/2024
Host: History Museum
Location: Meet at History Museum on the Square

Meet The Museum: Educators’ Evening

08/17/2024 - 05:00 p.m.

History Museum on the Square invites you to…

Meet the Museum: Educators’ Evening

When: Saturday August 17, 2024 -5 pm – 7 pm

Where: 154 Park Central, Springfield, MO 65806

Cost: FREE

All regional K-12 and homeschool educators are invited for a free evening at the museum to learn about our education programming and resources for educators. Get to know more about our field trips, educational trunks, Meet Missouri program and more!

This is an educator-only event (no additional guests). All attendees should be prepared to share contact information at the door for free admission.

For more information, contact whitney@historymuseumonthesquare.org or call (417) 831-1976 ext. 1006.

08/17/2024
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.

12/31/2023
Host: History Museum
Location: