Joplin History & Mineral Museum

504 South Schifferdecker Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801 - United States




We are a museum that tells the story of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District. By displaying our historical and mineral collections, we provide boundless inspiration for future generations to better understand the economic and social history of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District. We have two distinctly different museums for you to explore and experience. They both have different paths through history but they ultimately reveal Joplin's rich past through different aspects.

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. Our museum explains the geology and geochemistry of the area and demonstrates mining processes and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s.

The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum emphasizes the growth and development of Joplin 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, a Bonnie and Clyde exhibition, a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine and Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll collection.


Museum Day exhibits will include the usual exhibits on local history and geology and mineralogy.

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