Located in the North Jefferson City Recreation Area, this river access point offers a boat ramp, parking lot and close proximity to the pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River. Also available at the Noren Access are 3 primitive camping spots.
A striking complement to the Capitol Complex, the Garden, located next to the Governor's Mansion, was constructed in the late 1930s. The site is filled with flowers, pools and walkways. After the death of Governor Carnahan, the Garden was renamed as a memorial to his work. The Garden can be reserved by calling the Department of Natural Resources. Free admission.
For a refreshing break any time, stop in at Central Dairy for legendary ice cream treats. This ice cream shop is an excellent stop any time of year and is known as a longtime favorite of locals and many others throughout the Midwest. Open Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm.
Within the walls of this museum, the romantic history of Missouri unfolds. The building is filled with treasures of historical significance dating from the era of the Louisiana Territory. Spacious rooms are filled with antique chandeliers, rosewood and mahogany chests and settees, French mirrors and fine paintings. This is the only museum in the country to diplay inaugural gowns of its state's First Ladies at times throughout the year. The museum is closed December 15-February 1. Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth (K-12), under 5 free. Call for tour times. Groups of 10 or more require reservations.
This comprehensive display of information concerning traffic safety, law enforcement, drug abuse and many items relating to the history of the Missouri Highway Patrol was opened to the public in 1982. Items on display include patrol cars, uniforms, weapons and other equipment dating to the department's inception. The museum provides a good glimpse into law enforcement techniques from 1931 to present day. Don't forget to look for "Otto-The Talking Car." Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Groups of 10 or more require reservations. Free admission.
March 1-Labor Day
Closed Tues After Labor Day
Located inside the Union Hotel at the Jefferson Landing historic site, the Rozier Gallery features a variety of rotating exhibits. Open March 1-Labor Day from 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
This tribute to veterans was developed by Jefferson City's Eastside Business Association nearly 40 years after the celebration of the nation's bicentennial which erected a flag pole still existing today. Freedom Corner, at the intersection of High and McCarty Streets, is a very fitting acknowledgement of the service and sacrifices of our nation's armed forces...past, present and future. The tribute features a 14' tall stone and granite monument, topped by a bronze eagle in flight. A feature of this tribute is the personalized bricks and stones that have been placed to create the walkway to the monument. You can purchase one of these to recognize a service member or veteran in your family or on which place your company logo to show your support of our armed forces. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this paver program will go toward ongoing maintenance of the tribute.
Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
Jan-Feb, Jun-Jul, Sept, Oct, Nov
Tues & Thurs 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
The state's first family invites you to tour their home to see its beautiful architecture and period furniture as well as learn about the history of many of the state's great governors. Public tours of the first floor are conducted each Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. In March, April and May, tours are available on Wednesdays as well. There are no tours in December except for the Candlelight Tours the first weekend of the month which showcase the mansion in full holiday decor. Free admission.
Sunrise to Sunset
Whether you're a bicyclist, hiker, nature lover or history buff, the Katy Trail offers opportunities for recreation, a place to enjoy nature and an avenue to discover the past. The trail stretches 225 miles between St. Charles and Clinton, MO and is beautiful in every season. Wheelchair accessible.
Volunteers on Site Mid May-Mid Sept
Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 2pm-4pm
Available upon request year round
A Lewis and Clark monument next to the Missouri State Capitol recognizes the city's connection to the historical expedition made by Lewis and Clark. The monument is near the corner of Jefferson Street and Capitol Avenue on the capitol grounds overlooking the Jefferson Landing Historic Site and the Missouri River. Dedicated on June 4, 2008, the plaza includes Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, York, George Druillard, and Seaman. The sculpture commemorates the date of June 4, 1804 when the Corps of Discovery encamped in the area which eventually became the state capital. In addition to the statues, several waterfalls, walkways and benches are located within the plaza creating a beautiful landscape. Open 24 hours. From May to September, volunteers will be stationed at the monument from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 2-4pm on Sundays. Docents will also be on duty from 10am-4pm on Memorial and Labor Day. Sessions typically last between 15 and 20 minutes.
March 1-Labor Day
Closed Tues After Labor Day Weekend-February
This store and warehouse at the Jefferson Landing historic site are reminiscent of the type of business that once prospered at Jefferson Landing. An audio-visual room where the video "Welcome to Missouri's State Capitol" is available. Free admission. Open March 1-Labor Day from 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
For tour reservations call 573-893-1400 ext 2383
This authentic log home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites. The structure allows visitors to see rooms as they were in the late 1800s. Accompanying your tour are displays and brief videos depicting agricultural life at that time in the state. Free admission. Group tours with a tour guide are also available at no charge.
With this new attachment, pedestrians and bicyclists can easily and safely cross the Missouri River Bridge to travel back and forth between north Jefferson City and the heart of the city. Katy Trail users will be able to navigate through North Jefferson City and Noren Access to then travel up the ramp to the bridge. For those who are in Jefferson City and want to head toward the Katy Trail, the entrance to the bridge will be at the intersection of West Main and Clay streets. The new bridge attachment is eight feet wide and includes two lookout points with a spectacular view of the Missouri State Capitol and the Jefferson City riverfront; it is fully ADA accessible.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Thurs 8am-8pm; Sat 9am-3pm
The Missouri State Archives, created in 1965, is the officially designated repository for all state records of permanent value. The archives identifies, collects, preserves, and makes available to elected officials, state government, historians, students, genealogists, and the general public, the permanent and historically valuable records of Missouri's state and local governments. Monday-Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm; Thursday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-3pm. Free admission.
Capitol Building Open Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm
For Tour Information See "Missouri State Museum" Listing
Completed in 1917, the Capitol covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. Inside the Capitol you will find the Missouri State Museum which features exhibits of outstanding historical significance. The Capitol tour will provide you with an excellent education on the State of Missouri and the structure that represents its home. Missourians approved the issuance of $3.5 million in state bonds to finance the construction of the Capitol. As it was nearing completion, it became apparent that there would be excess funds, slightly more than $1 million. A Capitol Decoration Committee was founded to decide how this money should be put to use. The majority of the artwork on the interior and exterior of the Capitol was acquired by this commission. Artwork in the Missouri State Capitol includes pieces by such notable artists including Thomas Hart Benton and Sir Frank Brangwyn. The three point perspective paintings scattered throughout the hallways are a very popular attraction within the Capitol walls. Open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm (except New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Free guided tours of the building are given Monday-Saturday, every hour on the hour (with the exception of the noon hour); On Sundays, tours are given between the 10am and 3pm hours. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Free admission. Also located on the grounds are the Missouri Law Enforcement memorial and Missouri Veterans Memorial.
Mon-Sat Every Hour (except noon) Beginning at 9am, Last Tour at 4pm
Sun 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm
The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol Building and is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The museum continues to showcase Missouri's diverse history and resources. The museum houses both temporary and long-term exhibits, such as exhibits for the 150th anniversary of hte Civil War. One of the highlights of hte museum's collections is a significant and rare group of over 125 Civil War battle flags. Many of hte flags belonged to, or were captured by, Missouri units on both sides of hte war. At least one flag is on display at all times in the museum. Missouri was one of the most divided states during the Civil War and the Missouri State Museum exhibits tell this story. The museum is opn 7 days a week from 8am-5pm. Free admission. Closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Now open to the public for tours
Decommissioned in 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary is now open to the public for tours. Before it closed, MSP was the oldest continually operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi. The prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates. When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was going on in Texas and Andrew Jackson was in his second term. The tour showcases cells including those of famous inmates such as heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, who learned to box during his time in the big house, and James Earl Ray. Other stops on the tour are the gas chamber where 40 men and women were executed, the buried cells, several housing units and the upper yard. In 1967 the Missouri State Penitentiary was infamously named the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine because of the incredibly high number of serious assaults on the grounds between 1963 and 1964. Public history tours cost $12 per person and ghost tours are $25. Additional types of tours are available; call or go online for more information and for available tour times. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Sat 10am-2pm (call for winter hours)
In conjunction with the Missouri State Penitentiary tours, the newly opened museum provides tourists additional historical information about the famous prison that operated for 168 years. The museum houses MSP memorabilia as well as a replica cell that demonstrates the living conditions at the prison. Visitors can view the many displays that provide information on prison industries, contract labor/private industries, life inside the walls and control/counter-control. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Please make reservations for groups of 10 or more. Free admission.
The Supreme Court of Missouri is the state's highest court. Many of the day's most important and often controversial legal issues affecting Missourians and involving the state's constitution and laws come before this court. The Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City became a permanent home for the Court at its completion in 1907 using funds from the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis. Look for the glass floors in the library, which allow light from the windows to filter down to the main floor. Tours of the Supreme Court are available Monday through Friday on the half-hour from 9am-11:30am and again from 1pm-3:30 pm. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to schedule their tour by calling at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a tour guide is available.
The only museum in the United States dedicated solely to veterinary medicine, its mission is to preserve the history of veterinary medicine by providing a museum, library and educational center. It also promotes the image of veterinary medicine to the public. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday by appointment only. Free admission.
Located at Ike Skelton Training Center, this museum houses exhibits beginning from 1808, the activation date of the Missouri Militia. Exhibits continue from the War of 1812 to the present day Guard. Open to the public Monday-Friday 8am-3pm. Closed all major holidays. Free admission.
Center: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8am-5pm; Thurs 8am-8pm; Trails: 6am-9pm daily
Enjoy the natural wonders of Missouri and the fish, forests and wildlife found here by strolling through exhibits or hiking nature center trails. Inside the center you will find an indoor wildlife viewing area, a nature library and a small gift shop. You can also explore more than 3,000 square feet of exhibits that lead you through a myriad of Missouri's natural habitats. Featured in the exhibit area are a 3,580 gallon fish aquarium, live amphibians and reptiles, hands-on activites for children and much more. Venture outside to explore over two miles of hiking trails. You can also climb a 60 ft firetower for a panoramic view of the city and the area's dramatically rolling landscape. The Naturescape Trail is accessible to people with disabilities. Self-guided tours available; advance notice is required for naturalist-led programs. The center is open year round, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-5pm, Thursdays until 8pm. The trails are open daily from 6am-9pm. Free admission.
To commemorate one of the most significant and selfless acts of empowerment, inspiration and commitment to higher education in history, Lincoln University developed, constructed and dedicated the Lincoln University Solder's Memorial Plaza. This monument serves as a permanent tribute to the Lincoln University founders - the brave and benevolent ment of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries who served gallantly in the U.S. Civil War. Near the end of the Civil War, this dedicated and progressive-minded group of soldiers who served as "camp laborers" for union troops recognized the need for formal education and raised nearly $6,400.00 for a school in their home state of Missouri. The soldiers ignored racial divisions and boundaries and combined their resources to secure the initial funds for what was then known as Lincoln Institute. The presence of this memorial centerpiece on campus provides an opportunity for Lincoln University students, alumni, faculty and friends to gather togetherin support and unity and also to encourage thoughtful discussions of how we can work together to further promote the mission and vision of the University.
The Veteran's Plaza includes a Korean and Vietnam memorial and a "Walk of Honor." The "Walk of Honor" approaches the memorial from four directions, lined with commemorative bricks, engraved with the veterans' name, rank, branch of service, unit, years of service and conflict. Its purpose is to honor any area veteran who honorably served in the United States Military, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. The plaza is in front of the Jefferson City Police Department.