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Golden Pioneer Museum

35930 State Highway 86, Golden, MO 65658-8319
+1 417-271-3300
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A Hidden Treasure

This free museum has something for everyone. Anyone interested in Native American artifacts will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
Really unique museum!

Free admission and something for everyone! Will definitely go back! Really great collection of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Theresa S
via mobile
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Something for Everyone! It is a unique collection that will amaze you! Open April 1st through October 31st Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission is free. Bus tours are welcome. The Ozark region is rich with history and has long been the subject of study to historians, geologists, anthropologists, and archeologists. Before the French fur trappers explored the area and European descendants began settling here, the people of the Osage tribe populated much of the land now known as Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Other tribes, traveling through the region, traded with the Osage and left behind clues of their passage. Arrowheads were abundant in the area, and a large collection of over 10,000 hunting implements and artifacts were collected by the Arlis Cogar family who established the Trail of Tears Museum in Huntsville, AR. In 1993, the Prier family of Golden, MO, took over the Trail of Tears Museum Collection and combined it with their collection of Carnival Glass and American pioneer artifacts to create the Golden Missouri Pioneer Museum. The Prier family continues to expand the collection with unique and interesting collections. The Golden Pioneer Museum gives the visitor a unique look into the lives of early Americans, both Native and the settlers who came in the 1800s. The Early American Pattern Glass collection is abundant with rare examples of some of the finest American made pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s including: * One of the largest collections of Carnival Glass in the Midwest * Stunning examples of Vaseline glassware, Black Amethyst glassware, Custard glass, Flo Blue, rare pieces of Klondike glass (including two Snyder vases), a large collection of toothpick holders, and numerous other types of rare glass * There are many other collections in the museum that include pocket watches, baseball cards, watches, guns, lunch boxes, rose bowls, as well as Civil War battlefield items. In addition to the man-made treasures, the museum has a large collection of rare mineral items such as the following: * Believed to be the world's largest turquoise carving, made in China from a 68 lb. nugget * The largest double-terminated single quartz crystal, weighing 1,250 lbs * A giant quartz crystal cluster, weighing over 4,000 lbs * Rare mineral specimens from around the world
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35930 State Highway 86, Golden, MO 65658-8319
+1 417-271-3300
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This free museum has something for everyone. Anyone interested in Native American artifacts will love it. They also have collections of China, lunchboxes,fans,Confederate equipment, tractors, crystals, Japanese money from the war! Awesome collections . I will go again.

Thank Diving4dreams
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free admission and something for everyone! Will definitely go back! Really great collection of unique collections!

Thank Theresa S
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This museum doesn't look like much on the outside, but it is absolutely wonderful! Such amazing things from all over the world. We have visited several times over the years and will go again and again. They often add new displays. You can't possibly see...More

1  Thank Pam S
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Amazing, we went back a second day to view, one very outstanding, very large collection of Native American arrowheads to to many different artifacts, many various and different collections --- go see it first-hand for yourself and enjoy --- AWESOME!

Thank Martin V
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I thought this would be a nice collection, it was an AMAZING collection. Beautiful arrowhead are, lots of Native American artifacts, glassware, geology, and Americana.

Thank PManess
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The collections at Golden Museum are outstanding. Regardless of what you collect you will probably find a large collection of it here. Even their rock and mineral collection is outstanding. They have a large collection of Native American relics, as well as collectables from almost...More

Thank Joeyel
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A friend has been telling me about this hidden gem for awhile now. We finally got a chance to go see it and I was just blown away by this wonderful museum! It's deceptive size-wise looking from the outside. Lots of Indian artifacts and rare...More

Thank tblrocklakegirl
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We weren't acknowledged when we walked in the door. When I Asked the lazy girl In the corner a question she didn't look up from her phone but grunted an answer. We were told it was a tractor museum but they have exactly 5 tractors....More

1  Thank Catarina M
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The Golden Pioneer Museum is in the Branson area and is well worth a visit. It has large collections of glassware, minerals/stones and Native American items, as well as a large variety of other items. It has more beautiful glassware and more impressive minerals/stones displays...More

1  Thank nexttime2
Reviewed 15 June 2016

The extensive Native American artifact collection is breathtaking. The glassware displayed takes me to mansions where huge glamours dinner parties were served. Gorgeous natural rocks and minerals! The rooms with the glow in the dark glassware are romantic check them out and have a mini...More

Thank Autumn W
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