Monuments or Museums in Missouri

Monuments or Museums in Missouri
Missouri, known for its lush forests, mighty rivers and rolling countrysides, is home to 50 state parks. Known as the Cave State, Missouri also has more than 5,500 caverns, including the nationally known Onondaga Cave in Leasburg and Stanton's Meramec Caverns, which once served as a hideout for Jesse James and his criminal gang. In addition, Missouri hosts 39 state historic sites and many museums for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy on their down time.

The Gateway Arch

The tallest monument in the United States, the 630-foot stainless steel Gateway Arch honors St. Louis's role as a riverfront trading post during the 19th-century U.S. Westward Expansion movement. Underground, a tram takes visitors to the Arch's observation deck to peer over downtown and the Mississippi River. Also underground, the Museum of Westward Expansion offers insight into the vast, untamed land that Lewis and Clark explored.

The Gateway Arch
11 N. 4th St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

The Eugene Field House and Toy Museum

Designated as a national historic landmark in 2007, this expansive museum once served as the childhood home of Eugene Field, a 19th-century children's poet and journalist known as the "Father of the Personal Newspaper Column." During the Great Depression, children from St. Louis public schools collected nearly $2,000 to help save the deteriorating house and turn it into a toy museum. Since 1936, the house has displayed thousands of dolls and toys from the 1790s to the present, as well as a vast collection of books.

Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
634 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Thomas Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

Born in Neosho, Missouri, in 1889, American painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton moved to Kansas City in 1935 after receiving training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Académie Julian in Paris. The Victorian house where Benton lived has remained virtually intact since his death in 1975, and several of Benton's fluid, colorful paintings are displayed inside. Half of the house served as Benton's art studio and also appears at he left it, with paintbrush-filled coffee cans, scattered paints and a stretched canvas. Guided 45-minute tours are offered each week, Thursday through Monday.

Thomas Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
3616 Belleview Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Winston Churchill Memorial and Library

In 1946 in Fulton, Missouri, 30 miles southeast of the university town of Columbia, Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech, marking the beginning of the Cold War. This memorial, museum and library documents Churchill's historic speech as well as his life and legacy. The museum also displays British and World War II artifacts and exhibits and holds film screenings and other special events. The extensive collection is housed in a 12th-century London church that was relocated to Fulton in 1965.

Winston Churchill Memorial and Library
501 Westminster Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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