Cole County Historical Society
- Phone: (573) 635-1850
Encounter the roots of Missouri government and discover the charm and culture of the early political society at the Cole County Historical Society Museum. The building stands as a historical site, built by Governor B. Gratz Brown in 1871, and today it draws visitors as a tourist attraction. The Museum’s collection of artifacts, antiques and historical documents add distinction to our county and state, thanks to the support of those who wish to preserve its historical and educational value.
This is the only county museum in the country to own and display inaugural gowns of its state’s First Ladies.
Across the street, the Governor’s Mansion adds to the historical grace of the Museum. The Mansion’s artwork enhances the inaugural gown collection maintained at the Museum, as impressive paintings capture the personalities of Missouri’s First Ladies shown in their inaugural gowns.
An 1806 square Grand piano, made of two types of rosewood, highlights the Museum’s main drawing room.
The museum is closed from December 15- February 1. Admission for adults is $4, $2 for children/students. Call for tour times.