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Museums

If you enjoy nostalgia, the university has much to offer you in the way of museum pieces. Whether your interest is art, fossils or insects, there is a museum listed here that will probably satisfy your interest.

Columbia

Museum of Anthropology: The focus of the museum's exhibits is Missouri archaeology and Native American ethnographic materials, including the Arctic, Northwest, Southwest, Plains and Great Basin. These exhibits chronicle the richness and diversity of Native American cultures throughout the U.S. The museum also is home to the largest archery collection in the world. The museum is located in 100 Swallow Hall and can be found online at http://anthromuseum.missouri.edu/default.shtm.

Museum of Art and Archaeology: The third largest art collection in Missouri, and the only accredited museum in the university system, includes artworks from the ancient world, European and American works from the early Middle Ages to the present - including a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of important paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods - as well as Asian, African, Pre-Columbian and Oceanic art. The museum is located in Pickard Hall on the Francis Quadrangle.

Botany Greenhouses: A collection of living tropical and desert plants from around the world are exhibited at the Botany Greenhouse connected to Tucker Hall.

Kansas City

UMKC Geosciences Museum: Located in 271 Flarsheim Hall, the UMKC Geosciences Museum is free and open to the public. Since 1972, the Department of Geosciences has exhibited thousands of rare specimens of minerals, gems, ores and fossils in the museum.

The Toy and Miniature Museum: The museum exhibits antique toys from the 19th and 20th centuries and one of the finest scale miniature collections in the world. Kids of all ages will be amazed and delighted. Visit http://www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

Rolla

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Minerals Collection: The collection, located in McNutt Hall, is an outgrowth of an exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and now includes almost 3,500 specimens from throughout the world.

St. Louis

The Saint Louis Art Museum: Located in Forest Park, a short Metro ride from campus, the Saint Louis Art Museum has close programmatic ties to the St. Louis campus. The museum has world-renowned holdings in the areas of Pre-Columbian and Oceanic art. The museum's collections are also strong in American, Baroque, 19th-century European, Asian and 20th-century paintings, sculpture and photography.

Reviewed 2011-06-22.