Free exhibitions and open hours at the Center for Missouri Studies in downtown Columbia

As part of our mission to preserve and share the history of the state, the State Historical Society of Missouri offers free exhibitions at galleries in the Center for Missouri Studies.

Located at 605 Elm Street in downtown Columbia, the Center for Missouri Studies galleries are open today, February 18, and tomorrow, February 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking is available in the Center parking lot at the corner of 6th and Locust Streets.

Ending Tomorrow: Cultural Crossroads

Cultural Crossroads: Missouri in the Era of Statehood highlights artwork and objects associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri. See an original Missouri petition for statehood, artwork by George Caleb Bingham, hand-colored lithographs, Missouri banknotes, and more in the SHSMO Art Gallery at the Center for Missouri Studies. This free exhibition ends tomorrow, February 19, 2022!

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New: Domesticated Animals & American Identity

Many of the animals we associate with America are not American at all. Horses, cows, and most other domesticated livestock were introduced into North America by European colonists. Their presence in this selection of artworks by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton subtly represents European colonization and the complex cultural and environmental issues associated with “civilizing” the native “wilderness.”

This exhibition is on display now in the Guitar Family Gallery of Bingham and Benton Works on Paper at the SHSMO Center for Missouri Studies.

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Show Me a Bicentennial!

Exploring how communities across the Show-Me State came together to commemorate the Missouri bicentennial, Show Me a Bicentennial! is on display in the Center's second-floor Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery. The free exhibit examines Missouri's unique regional identities and celebrates what brings Missourians together.

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Coming Soon: MOda 200

In collaboration with the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, this exhibition will highlight the evolution of Missouri style and the important role of the apparel industry—from rural dressmakers to urban retail and manufacturing giants—in the state’s economic development.

MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants and Memories opens March 11 in the Center for Missouri Studies Art Gallery and will run through June 25, 2022.

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In Saint Louis: Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Final Tour

The Missouri Bicentennial Quitl is showing now through March 11 at the SHSMO St. Louis Research Center in room 222 at the Thomas Jefferson Library on the UMSL campus. Visit today!

Featuring blocks from all 114 Missouri counties and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt has been on display in communities across the state since 2020. Now the quilt returns to mid-Missouri to begin its final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri statewide research centers.

Learn More and View the Final Tour Schedule