As a border state claimed by both the North and the South, Missouri was at the center of great division during the Civil War. Nearby citizens experienced discord in their families and communities, as well as turmoil from three significant battles that took place in Springfield. Inside the gallery, visit the dual screen Civil War Theatre to learn how the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and the First and Second Battles of Springfield affected residents.
See artifacts and experience the stories of local families and heroes.
Use the interactive tables with digital maps and images to examine each battle and the famous historical figures involved.
- Walk through three battle pylons with maps and images as you prepare to discover the Civil War in Springfield
- Visit the Civil War Theatre to learn about the three major battles that impacted local residents
- Learn about the stories of local families, heroes, young boys at war, and medicine on the battlefield
- See the original wrought iron fence that once surrounded General Lyon’s monument on the Springfield square
- Explore the portrait panels of key Civil War figures in Springfield including General Nathaniel Lyon, Louisa “Lulu” Cheairs McKenny Sheppard, Wallace White, Rhoda Ray, General Sterling Price, and Mary Whitney Phelps
- Use the interactive tables to visit each of the three battle locations
- Let the kids dress up in period clothes and snap a photo
Illuminating Stories of the Past
Places To Visit
The museum is located at the heart of historic 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.