Missouri Institute of Natural Science, Springfield

4.7
Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • We visited about 6 years ago and they were just a few tables of items found locally and now have grown to a much bigger presentation. Operated by volunteers with a love of what they do. If you have a....  more »
  • We loved seeing the local aspects of the museum. The displays were full of interesting things to look at. It looks like there is plenty of room for museum staff to add more as they continue their...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • My kids love dinosaurs and geological items , and this small museum did not disappoint! It also houses the most complete triceratops skeleton in the world. The staff is friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed it. Admission is free so you can help support them through donations or purchases in the gift shop. Two words... Megalodon teeth.
  • They have a lot of artifacts and the lady was so nice. She was really great at interacting with my children. They were working on their triceratops model when we went and my kids loved it. If you want to take your kids or yourself to a place that isn't overbearing with rules or tour guides this is a great place to visit.
  • Incredibly fun and informative. One of a kind specimens, some of which cannot be found anywhere else. They have a massive dinosaur collection. Neanderthal skulls and other primitive human remains. New exhibits coming soon.
  • The kids had a wonderful time and the people were very friendly and helpful.
  • 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.

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