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Missouri’s Must See Sites

The entire Show Me State is chock full of historic wonders. From the days of the Missouri Territory and beyond, here are sights you can’t miss in Missouri. 

Cole County Historical Society Museum

Last one for Jefferson City. The Cole County Historical Society Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, featuring tours and a multitude of fascinating exhibits on early Missourly.

Liberty Memorial 

A National Historic Landmark, and listed on the NROHP, Liberty Memorial is found in western Missouri in Kansas City. Home to the National World War I Museum, the memorial was constructed in 1926 at Penn Valley Park – and gives the History Channel a run for their money.

Historic Quadrangle

Grab your Frisbee and hit the Quad at Missouri State University. Better known as MSU’s Historic Quadrangle, this quaint area features structures from 1908 along Springfield's National Avenue.

Forest Park Jewel Box

One of the coolest greenhouses there is, the Forest Park Jewel Box was built in 1936 in St. Louis. Also found on the NROHP, this public horticultural facility is best known for its 4,000 panes of plate glass – making for 16,664 square feet of glass and lots of Windex.

Gateway Arch 

You were waiting for this one. Part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the iconic Gateway Arch reaches 630 feet – making it Earth's tallest arch, and Missouri’s tallest building. Standing against the Mississippi River, this massive steel arch put St. Louis on the map.

Harry S Truman National Historic Site

The town of Independence houses three separate attractions collectively making up the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. These three western Missouri sites include the Harry S Truman visitor center, the Truman Farm Home in Grandview, and, of course, the Truman Home.

Each site features its own unique activities – including guided, self-guided, and audio tours of each of the properties. Other things to do at the sites include the park’s free film, “At Home with Harry & Bess” and viewing actual décor left by the Truman family.

Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site

Located just a few miles outside of downtown St. Louis, the Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site preserves the home of President Grant during his military career. The eastern Missouri site houses five historic structures in total, encompassing over nine acres of must-see attractions.

The site is also known as “White Haven,” and was the childhood home to Grant’s wife, Julia Dent. Things to do at the site include watching the 16-minute introductory film, stroll around the nine-acre property, visit the interpretive museum found in the stable, and more.

St. Louis Union Station

First opened in 1892, Union State is a National Historic Landmark located in St. Louis.

Once a bustling train terminal, Union Station has now become a hub for tourism in eastern Missouri.

Union Station visitors are invited to enjoy the variety of fine dining, shopping, and frequent entertainment at the historic landmark.

Everything from summer music series’ at the Hard Rock Café to grub at the Station Grille to iconic views of the Grand Hall – there is much to discover at Union Station.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Found just south of Springfield in western Missouri, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield preserves the site of the very first battle taking place during the American Civil War in 1961. The site is boastfully pristine and allows visitors to truly experience a Civil War site.

A visit to Wilson’s Creek Battlefield entails a stop at the visitor center, where park brochures, more information, and self-guided tour directions are given. Guests can explore the site along a five mile paved road with interpretive stops along the way, five walking trails, horseback riding trails, and a visit to the Ray House open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.