Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, Ridgedale

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  • As a lifelong Missouri resident, I want to Thank You, Mr. Morris. What you have painstakingly assembled in the specially designed and maintained basement of your absolutely beautiful and unique Top...  more »
  • As an adult the museum was interesting. However we traveled with small children. The museum and museum staff are definitely not children friendly. They should warn you of this fact when you purchase.....  more »
  • This is an incredible museum. We were told it would take 1-2 hours to complete the tour, but we stayed for over 3 hours, and that was with us "skimming" through the last few rooms. My feet hurt by...  more »
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  • This is a must see! It's the best exhibit I've seen. Be sure to wear your walking shoes it. Everything was amazing loved reading the stories. I will definitely go again
  • I was blown away! At first I thought it would be nice but had no idea just how amazing it is! Every exhibit you walk in to draws you in to experience the sounds, the atmosphere, and the scope through which each of the animals sees their world. The artistry behind this highly detailed work is absolutely praise worthy! We enjoyed ourselves and absolutely recommend the experience!!
  • We went in for Father's day with my elderly parents. It cost $12 per person. Not knowing how long the walk was to get all the way through the museum, we lingered and enjoyed the first part.. if you enjoy arrowheads, this is the place for you! I thought it was a little bit of Overkill. However, when my mother had to use the bathroom, there was one halfway through, then she had to backtrack to get back to us. The concrete floors were hard on her legs and she found herself having to sit a lot towards the end of the trail. Seating is kind of hard to find. She missed out on a lot.. I guess my point is, the museum and the exhibits are educational, but be aware that it is a long walk for some people. The golf cart ride was pretty, but it's the same old created scenery that dogwood canyon, big cedar, Buffalo ridge, and the Bass pro shops all have in common. Waterfalls are turned off at night and nothing looks natural.
  • Great for kids and adults. Beautiful views of the Ozarks. A nice escape from the Branson traffic. Only fee is to park and ride the shuttle up to the museum/observation area. Food and drinks are excellent.
  • We loved this place! My wife was at the spa, so I took the kids (7yo girl & 9yo boy). Mother-in-law said the kids would get bored. I was very pleased to prove her wrong! Kids absolutely loved it, and were bummed when we reached the end. There were exhibits on ancient wildlife in the area, extensive Native American artifacts, pioneer and civil war displays and more. Took us maybe three hours, kids stopped to look at everything, and read pretty much every plaque, or it would probably have taken an hour and a half. They are homeschooled, and fascinated with learning new things, but there is something for everyone, even the rambunctious kids who may not be the documentary watching type. If you enjoyed the bass pro museum in Springfield, this was almost better in a way. Certainly less crowded and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

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