For a glimpse into settler life from 1840 to 1910, visit the Historic Village inside St. Louis County's Faust Park. Located at 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO, 63017, the historic village boasts four homes and 16 total structures. Self-guided tours are welcomed during regular park hours. Ninety-minute guided tours for groups with advance notice are provided. Periodically on weekends, visitors are treated to volunteers in period costume demonstrating trades such as blacksmithing and weaving. Call 314-615-8328 or visit their website for more information.
Visitor's tip: Leave time to visit the Thornhill Estate, home of Missouri's second governor.
Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center
Daniel Boone lived an adventurous life on the frontier through discovery and westward expeditions before calling Missouri home at age 65. Visit the home of this legendary American icon, which is located at 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO, 63341. Guided tours are offered at the beginning of each hour. Visitors can choose between an exploration of the actual home, or a tour of the village featuring buildings such as the school house and general mercantile. The home's hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 636-949-7535 or visit their website for more information, including tour costs.
Visitor's tip: Be sure to check out the new "Jamestown on the Missouri" exhibit.
Jefferson Barracks served as a U.S. Army post from 1826 to 1943. Located at 345 North Road, St. Louis, MO, 63125, the property boasts several museums. Families can visit the Old Ordnance Room, the Powder Magazine Museum, and tour the Laborers House and Ordnance Stable. These attractions are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a small donation is suggested.
For a glimpse into "The Place Where the Generals Once Rode," be sure to stop in the Missouri Civil War Museum. Located at 222 Worth Road in Jefferson Barracks Historic Site, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission varies but is under $10. The museum features weapons, uniforms and other equipment used in the Civil War.
Visitor's tip: Leave time to pay your respects at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery located at 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. Visit the website for important visitor information.
Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center
Docked at Bishop's Landing, 1050 S. Riverside Dr., St. Charles, MO, 63301, the Lewis and Clark Museum is located on the upper level of the Boat House. Items pertinent to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Native Americans are on display. Don't miss the full-scale expedition boat replicas on the lower level. Admission to the Boat House and Nature Center is $5 for adults, $2 for children 17 and under. Call 636-947-3199 or visit the Boat House website for more information.
Visitor tip: Don't miss the "Missouri River Walk" artwork on the museum walls. It's the largest indoor mural in the state!
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
The life of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, comes alive in Springfield, Illinois. His family home is located at 426 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, IL, 62701. Free tours are provided by park rangers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although free, tickets are required and may run out during peak summer days. Not far from the Lincoln Home is a four-block historic area featuring buildings and exhibits from the days of Lincoln. Visit the website for more information.
Visitor's tip: If you wish to visit after the ranger-guided tours are full or have ended, dial 217-213-3003 with your mobile phone and follow the prompts for a cell phone tour!
Missouri History Museum
With the frequent introduction of new exhibits, history is never dull at the Missouri History Museum. Located at 5700 Lindell Boulevard inside St. Louis' Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum allows visitors to experience the history of St. Louis as a city, the 1904 World's Fair, and much more. Be sure to stop by and explore the History Clubhouse, a unique space just for families. Visit here for information on upcoming exhibits sure to interest the entire family.
Visitor's tip: The Museum hosts a variety of family-friendly programs and events throughout the year.
The Old Courthouse is more than just the beautiful building that stands out amongst the others when looking out from atop the Gateway Arch; it is open to the public to explore the location where two very important court cases shaped American history. Introduce children to the place where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for freedom from slavery, and Virginia Minor fought for women's right to vote. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Call 877-982-1410 or visit their website for more information.
Visitor's tip: Children ages 5 – 13 can earn a badge through the Junior Ranger Program. Click here for more information.
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