Interpretive Programs and Tours

at Missouri Mines State Historic Site


exterior of some of the mining buildingsThe Missouri Mines museum galleries can be examined at your own pace (exhibits are labeled) or you may choose to have a docent provide more detailed and personalized interpretation. Tours are given on demand for individuals and families – schools and other large groups should schedule their visit in advance.

Most formal tours relate to the site's mining history theme. Interpretation is customized to address your specific interests. Topics may include: when the mining occurred, how it was done, the equipment used, the men who did it, historic and economic significance, or life in the mining community.

Formal tours are not normally conducted in the mineral gallery, but interpreters are available to answer questions and can direct you to specific exhibits relating to earth science, geology and mineralogy. Museum exhibits offer an introduction to Missouri's rocks and ores and the gallery features a large exhibit of fine mineral specimens from worldwide localities.

Tour Reservations:

Tours can be reserved online on our reservation website or by visiting the site. For more information, contact the site at 573-431-6226.

Audio/Visual Interpretation

As an introduction to southeast Missouri lead mining, you may elect to view a 12-minute video – an edited version of a 1950s movie illustrating vintage area mining and milling activities. The theater is located within the historic miner's shower room! 

Museum Fees:

Fees include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations MUST provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.

Adults (18 and older): $4
Youth (ages 6-17): $3
Child (ages 0-5): free*

Group Rates:

Adults (18 and older): $3.50
Youth (ages 6-17): $2.50
Child (ages 0-5): free*

*Children under the age of 6 are admitted free with a paid adult.

Special Events

Missouri Mines State Historic Site also hosts special events designed to enhance the site's mining history and mineral resources interpretive themes. Events conducted annually include: the Missouri Mines Rock Swap in early June; an Old Mine Open House honoring retired miners and other lead company workers, usually in mid-September; and Fall Rocks, an October evening of family fun and mineral resources education. Click here for dates and details of scheduled events.