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Address: 4th & Schifferdecker, Joplin, MO 64801
Phone Number: +1 417-623-1180
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue 10:00 - 19:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

A collection of five museums including one on history, science, cookies,...

A collection of five museums including one on history, science, cookies, dolls and sports.

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Cookie Cutter Collection Fascinating

Small Museum but loaded with facts about the area and early mining days...impressive displays of large mineral crystals...huge collection of cookie cutters (never saw something... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
Georgetown, Texas
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Joplin, Missouri, United States
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This museum show quite a bit about Joplin Mining history of lead and zinc ores. Also some info on the early settles and families

Thank Dan L
Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you are in the Joplin area you MUST plan on stopping at the Joplin Museum Complex. The large collection of mining equipment arranged outside the museum is only the beginning. Inside you will see numerous large chucks of raw ore broken open to show the unbelievable beauty of the imbedded crystals - perfect geometric shapes just sticking out of... More 

Thank Jim M
Georgetown, Texas
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Small Museum but loaded with facts about the area and early mining days...impressive displays of large mineral crystals...huge collection of cookie cutters (never saw something like that before)!

Thank OhmaJ0
Sullivan, Missouri
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

there is a great mineral museum in the park that shows off many of the minerals collected during the early 1900`s from many mines in the Tri State area, great displays of minerals and history both, it even looks like a mine as you enter it inside the museum building.

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Joplin, Missouri
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

our museum is based on towns' history of mining various ore. A few areas of museum shows life in home and attractions in late 1800's and early 1900's. Interesting? - depends on your taste.

Thank adaluisa
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368 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

I am glad that we took the time to go to this small museum. I'm also glad that I knew about the cats ahead of time so I could take an allergy pill ahead of time! The museums are really divided up in to two different sides. One side has all kinds of rocks and minerals that have been found... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Nice displays of the local mining (lead and zinc) with many rock samples. Some machinery inside and on display outside.

Thank Greg B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Visited when I was a teenager. They have renovated since I was young. Wish I could have spent longer.

Thank Katie W
Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We stopped here because I wanted to see the door shot up when Bonnie and Clyde were stopped, but there was so much more to the museum than that. (Some exhibits we didn't understand - cookie cutter area? or the circus room?) For $5, we spent 1-2 hours exploring the rocks/minerals side of the museum and the local history portion.... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

The museum complex, located in Schifferdecker Park, is a little known resource. The mineral exhibits are wonderful and the history section has a wide variety of artifacts, including cookie cutters.

Thank Jean P

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