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Ralph Foster Museum

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Address: 1 Cultural Court, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726
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+1 417-690-3407
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09:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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The Ralph Foster Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts with...

The Ralph Foster Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts with special emphasis on the history and culture of the Ozark Mountain Region. Originally housed in Abernathy Hall, a boy's dorm on the campus of College of the Ozarks, the building has been transformed into three floors of exhibits where visitors will find many items of interest, such as antiques, dolls, clocks, music items, a large firearms collection, natural history, and textiles, in addition to the Beverly Hillbillies truck that was used in the television series.

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There is a lot to see. Our grandchildren were with us and they enjoyed the museum. It is clean and accessible to anyone that cares to visit. The Beverly Hillbilly car (from the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a lot to see. Our grandchildren were with us and they enjoyed the museum. It is clean and accessible to anyone that cares to visit. The Beverly Hillbilly car (from the show) is at the museum .. Take your time and enjoy. Yes, it is air conditioned.

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Poplar Bluff MO
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Didn't know what to expect. But this museum has three floors of interesting exhibits on a variety of subjects. Much of it having to do with the Ozarks. We spent about 3 hours and enjoyed every second. I know I did not see everything so will return in a few years. I really enjoyed my whole experience at the College... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This has one of the best collections I've ever seen. 1st floor is all about music in the Ozark region. You can even get a picture with the Beverly Hillbillies vehicle! On the 2nd floor is one of the biggest collection of guns and rifles you will ever find. There is even a Gatling gun on display. 3rd floor was... More 

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Rogers, Arkansas
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We were late getting to Branson and had an eight PM show, so were pressed for time, but enjoyed the museum enough we will be going back. It's on the College campus and we ended up asking one of the students for final directions. The admission was very reasonable and all the employees we saw in the museum were students.... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Our group ended our Campus Tour at the Museum. From the Beverly Hillbilly's Car to the taxidermy Grizzly Bear to the hundreds of guns to the Kewpie dolls...there is literally something for everyone's interest! Butterflies, birds, Dahl Sheep, miniatures, dried apple-head dolls, quilts, furniture, coins, stamps....please don't make me go on, just go have a look! Two hours for our... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

A little something for everyone! the students that are on the floors are very knowledgeable! you will see any thing from guns to hearing stories of growing up poor in the Ozarks.

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Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

This is a fascinating, diverse museum and is well worth your time to explore. The museum includes s wide variety of collections.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

My husband & I visited 30 years ago. So amazed to see the collections have been maintained and grown over the years. Cannot wait to bring my granddaughter here!

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We thought this was a museum about Ozark history. There was some history of the area, but it was primarily a lot of collections that I believe are owned by the College of the Ozarks. Collections include mounts of animals that are native and non-native to the area, mounts of birds, a large collection of guns, furniture, clothing and other... More 

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Whitehouse, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I enjoyed this museum very much. The gun display was very good. I enjoyed the clocks and pocket watches. I would go again when I have more time.

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