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With winter in full swing, take advantage of the indoor opportunities Missouri state parks and historic sites have to offer by exploring a number of visitor centers and museums.
December 19, 2019
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A photo of Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center at Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park.
Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center at Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park displays permanent and temporary exhibits that interpret the cultural history of the nine tribes that called Missouri home in the 19th century.
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MoDNR Photo by Ben Nickelson
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Visit Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center at Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park to learn about the state’s original inhabitants.

The park contains remnants of a Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. The center interprets the homeland of the Missouria, the history of American Indians in Missouri and the park’s natural landscape.

Permanent displays include early maps of North America showing European exploration and contact with American Indian tribes. A large mural depicts the life of the Missouria Indians when they lived in the area more than 300 years ago. A 10-minute video tells the story of the Missouria Indians and the development of the park.

Park staff offer a variety of cultural and natural interpretive programs for groups and classes. Personal audio guides are available for guests to check out at the front desk at no cost. Entrance to the cultural center and the park is free.

For a more comprehensive look at Missouri history, take a trip to the Missouri State Museum, located in the state Capitol. The museum is divided into two exhibit halls, the History Hall and the Resources Hall, which house an impressive collection of exhibits portraying the state’s natural and cultural history. The museum also administers nearby Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, which includes the Lohman Building and the Union Hotel.

The Missouri State Museum is responsible for approximately 30,000 artifacts and objects covering all aspects of Missouri history. It also presents traveling exhibits, offers classes and special programs and provides tours of the Capitol. A small gift shop is located at the entrance of the Capitol.

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Andrea Arwe

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Design Director
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Andrea Arwe is the design director of Missouri Resources and serves as the graphics supervisor for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Office of Communications.


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