Address/Phone #:
504 S Schifferdecker Ave
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 623-1180

Brad Belk
Executive Director

Group rates available
Free admission on Tuesdays

Tue: 10am–7pm
Wed–Sat: 10am–5pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

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The Joplin Museum Complex houses both the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum and the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum. The purpose of these two museums is to tell the story of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District. By displaying Historical and mineral collections, the Joplin Museum Complex provides inspiration for future generations to better understand the economic and social history of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District.

The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum
Boasts one of the world’s most exceptional collections of lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals found in the Tri-State District. This museum interprets the geology and geochemistry of the area and illustrates mining processes and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s.

The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum
Emphasizes the growth and development as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. On display are assorted historical items from Joplin’s mining era including a circus room, a child’s playhouse (children are invited in with adult supervision), a 1927 American LeFrance fire engine and Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll collection.


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