Our Collections

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

History Museum

The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum explores the life and styles of early Joplinites. Peer into the lives of Bonnie and Clyde. Take a ride on the famous Route 66 as it rolls through Joplin. Join the presidents and presidential candidates who came to Joplin even before the massive EF-5 tornado of 2011. Enjoy a history from early mining to the House of Lords in the roaring 20s to a city fully recovered from a devasting tornado. And don’t miss a few of the surprises we have – not so hidden – in the museum.

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Mineral Museum


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

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