Missouri Institute of Natural Science, Springfield

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Welcome to the Museum of the Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield, MO! We invite you to join us for an exciting trip into the Natural World around us. Meet us at the Museum and journey back into the distant past when Missouri was still nearly 500 feet deep under a giant inland sea. Learn about the geology of the area and life forms native to our region and the world at that time.

The Museum and Institute are located on the Riverbluff Cave site, the oldest Ice Age fossil cave in North America. It is a continuing source of rich fossil finds of mammoths and other animals.

Entrance to the Museum is free, and we are registered as a Non-profit entity here in Missouri. We greatly appreciate your donations, which are used to fund our operations.

Call us at 417.883.0594 or email us at info@monatsci.com to schedule a field trip for school groups, youth groups, and homeschool groups. We also offer space for meetings, events, and birthday parties. We are available weeknights and weekends by appointment.

Come down and meet us at the Museum! We are sure you’ll find a variety of fun, educational and exciting things to learn, see and do for visitors of all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon!
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  • This is GREAT place to visit with or without kids. Very informative volunteers and lots to see. Between the dinosaur bones, the fossils and this being the oldest cave in the northern hemisphere, there...  more »
  • Visited this museum as one of our homeschool class days. I was very impressed when the volunteer asked if we’d like a tour. There’s SO much information inside of this small museum, it really is a grea...  more »
  • This place is tucked into south Springfield. It's a tiny place but has a nice easy trail. This is the sort of place you won't spend more than an hour inside. There are guided tours. I didn't get one b...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit if you're interested in Natural history. They have a wide range of fossils and minerals to view with a few that are quite large. The volunteers were quite knowledgeable and happy to share info on what you are looking at. We didn't do any of the outdoor activities due to weather, but they sound fun too.
  • Yeah, sure, go out & pick up some fossils, take 'em home. Make a necklace with them, whatever it's cool. You don't hear that at many museums, but you do here & you should take them up on their offer. They may be crinoid fossils which really are almost literally common as dirt, but there's still a thrill to be found picking up something that is so mind bogglingly old, and then having someone confirm to you that yes, this funny looking rock really is that mind bogglingly old. And then check out the museum itself. It's a little "mad scientist garage" as far as organization goes, but it is clean, informative, and very informative about the specific history of the Southwest Missouri area and I appreciate that. Plus, free admission. Go in, look around, buy something from the shop to help them keep the lights on and then take some really old rocks home with you.
  • Had my daughter’s fifth birthday party here and they were amazing. All the kids had a blast! 😊
  • This place is great for anyone, especially with kids. Very educational and fun. It took about an hour to go through it. Great volunteers and it's free!
  • Loved this place. Such neat things to look at and helpful staff. my daughter is now a volunteer because this place was so cool. They do yoga on the deck and tons of birthday parties! Definitely will go back many times.
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