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Missouri Mines State Historic Site

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Lead has been big business in the eastern Ozarks since about 1720. Come explore its history – and see the processing plant of the former St. Joe Lead Company – in the heart of the Old Lead Belt at Missouri Mines State Historic Site. The mine’s former powerhouse has been turned into a museum that interprets the area’s lead mining history, displays actual machinery from the mines and houses one of the Midwest's finest mineral collections.

Park Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through November
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • December through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday
    12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Groups (15+ people) can schedule tours in advance for any day of the week.

The historic site is closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

As temperatures rise in the spring, it’s important to “be bear aware”. The American black bear population is increasing in Missouri and you may be fortunate enough to see one in their natural setting. Spring is the time when black bears emerge from their dens in search of food following the deep sleep of winter’s hibernation. The bear will forage for fruits, nuts, berries and other foods in the early spring. Their feeding habits will increase as food becomes more plentiful. Please remember that it’s important not to approach any wildlife you may see in our parks. Visit http://mostateparks.com/page/58934/be-bear-aware for 10 ways to safely share Missouri State Parks with this majestic creature and be bear aware.