News Release 452

Behind the Scenes Tour offered of Missouri State Museum Aug. 20-21          

Volume 38-452 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510 / After Hours: 573-340-9DNR (9367)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., AUG. 9, 2010 -- Do museums fascinate you? The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to see the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol from a new perspective. On Aug. 20-21, the museum will offer behind-the-scenes tours. Have you ever wondered where all the artifacts are stored?  Are you curious what a curator actually does? Then you should join staff for unique tours of the museum.

“The Missouri State Museum is your museum and focuses on preserving your history. You will have the chance to see what it takes to store, preserve and exhibit artifacts. These tours are part of the museum’s ongoing effort to make the museum more accessible to you,” said Bill Bryan, director of the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks.

The tours at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, will focus on museum areas in the Capitol and at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. Please meet at the tour desk in the first floor Capitol Rotunda 10 minutes before the tour time.  The tour will take approximately 90 minutes.  The tour at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 will focus on the museum’s newly renovated off-site artifact storage areas and exhibits workshop. Meet at the new facility located at 117 N. Riverside. The tour will last approximately one hour.

The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Capitol building at 201 West Capitol Ave.  The museum galleries are open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For information on state parks and historic sites, visit