Visitor Center

at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

people tooking at exhibits in the visitor centerAccessible Symbol

 

display depicting how hemp bales were used during the battle

Exhibits in the visitor center tell the story of Lexington during the mid-19th century. These include displays about economic growth, dependence on cash crops such as hemp, reliance on slavery, and transportation such as the river trade and Santa Fe Trail. Other displays describe the social growth of Lexington and divisions due to the Kansas Nebraska Act, border warfare and the onset of the Civil War. The story of Oliver Anderson, the builder of the house used as a hospital during the Battle of Lexington, is related throughout the exhibits. Other exhibits describe the Civil War in Missouri and the Battle of Lexington.

Explore the two major themes represented at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site: the Civil War in Missouri and the culture of the Missouri River valley. Admission to the visitor center, including its exhibits, audio-visual room and souvenir shop, is free. The visitor center opened in 1991.

Visitors can watch a 20-minute video about the Battle of Lexington as seen through the eyes of Louisa Anderson, who witnessed the battle from her house. This video provides an introduction and overview of the Battle of Lexington. Copies are for sale at the gift shop, which also offer postcards, history books and Civil War-related items.

Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Easter Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas and New Year's days

Coordinates

39.190278, -93.880278

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Historic Site Grounds:

sunrise to sunset, daily, year-round.

Anderson House hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through July
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday
    Tours offered at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
    Closed on Monday
    Closed Easter Sunday
  • August through October
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday
    Tours offered at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    Tours of the Anderson House and battlefield are available by appointment only.
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday
    Closed Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days, and Easter Sunday

Tours can be reserved online on our reservation website or by visiting the site. For more information, contact the site at 660-259-4654.

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas and New Year's days

Visitor Center hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Easter Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas and New Year's days