Our Collections

Our paramount collections include the mining industry and how they effected the surrounding areas.

History Museum

in the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum you can explore the life and syles of early Joplinites. You have the opportunity to peer into the lives of Bonnie and Clyde as well as the Route 66 experience. You can also find the Circus room and an entire corner dedicated to the history of cookie cutters.

Mineral Museum


The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum is teeming withincredible specimens from local geological finds. Upstairs there is a fully functioning miniature sized model of a mine inside and out.