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Golden Pioneer Museum, Golden
(4.7/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
The Golden Missouri Pioneer Museum gives the visitor a unique look into the lives of early Americans -- both Native, and the settlers who came in the 1800s. The Early American Pattern Glass collection is abundant with rare examples of some of the finest American made pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s, including:

* One of the largest collections of Carnival Glass in the Midwest

* Stunning examples of Vaseline glassware, Black amethyst glassware Custard glass, Flo Blue, Rare pieces of Klondike glass, including two Snyder, vases A large collection of toothpick holders to mention just a few of the collectable glassware items.

*There are many other collections in the museum that include pocket watches, baseball cards, early American tools & household goods, watches, guns, lunch boxes, rose bowls, plus Civil War battlefield items.

In addition to the man-made treasures, the museum has a large collection of rare mineral items, such as:

*The world's largest turquoise carving, made in China from a 68 lb nugget

*The largest double-terminated single quartz crystal, weighing 1,250 lbs

*A giant quartz crystal cluster, weighing over 4,000 lbs

*Rare mineral specimens from around the world

No charge for admission!

The Golden Pioneer Museum is located at the intersection of Missouri Highway 86 and County Road J in Golden Missouri. It's on Table Rock Lake between Branson Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's open from April 1 through October 31 from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
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  • A friend has been telling me about this hidden gem for awhile now. We finally got a chance to go see it and I was just blown away by this wonderful museum! It's deceptive size-wise looking from the ou...  more »
  • We weren't acknowledged when we walked in the door. When I Asked the lazy girl In the corner a question she didn't look up from her phone but grunted an answer. We were told it was a tractor museum bu...  more »
  • The Golden Pioneer Museum is in the Branson area and is well worth a visit. It has large collections of glassware, minerals/stones and Native American items, as well as a large variety of other items....  more »
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  • This collection of amazing and truly jaw dropping items is a 100% must see in the area. Set aside 2 to 3 hours of your day to meander through the 5 awe inspiring rooms that are filled with rare glass ware, native american artifacts, and some really rare collections donated to the owners. It free and worth every second to get there, and spent there. Do not forget to look at the the world's largest collection of butter dishes taking up a 90 foot wall and the world's largest single quarts crystal which weighs in as 1,250 lbs.
  • We are very impressed with the size and quality of this museum. There is a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. Something for everyone's taste. Be sure a stop if you are ever in the area....make a point to visit the area.
  • The owner of this museum, Winfred Prier, is a lifelong resident of this area and, because of this, is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of SW Missouri. He's also an avid collector and will travel far and wide to secure complete collections of artifacts. Full disclosure - the museum also carries my wife's historic novel about the area, "Jakie Creek - Legacy of an Ozark Outlaw." But that's not why we love the museum. We love it because the museum reflects the true local flavor of that part of the Ozarks. It's what regional museums around the U.S. should be.
  • What an incredible place! This museum has something for everyone. I hear the new addition opening soon will be the best yet. It is definitely worth your time, and the owners are very wonderful people.
  • We just visited this museum and we were very surprised and happy that we took the time to go through it. They have a wide variety of items and what struck us the most was how much complete collection of a item they had. It is very pleasantly put together and the variety from all over the world was great. We recommend you take the time and visit this museum.