Request a Tour

The State Historical Society of Missouri welcomes a visit from your class or group. SHSMO staff members are available to provide tours and presentations on collections and resources for research at each of our six statewide centers. In Columbia, we can provide tours of the Center for Missouri Studies building, art gallery, and event spaces for rental. We require at least two weeks' notice for all tours.

Center for Missouri Studies Tour

Available in Columbia

Make plans to tour the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia! See all that the Center has to offer, including the art gallery, research center, classrooms, and bookstore. Find out how Missouri’s history is collected, preserved, and shared in this state-of-the-art facility that secures the State Historical Society of Missouri’s ability to carry out its work for a second century.

View a Virtual Tour of the Center

Research Tour

Available in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield

Tours generally consist of a brief presentation, giving an overview of the State Historical Society of Missouri, our holdings, and guidelines on doing research, followed by a discussion of samples of manuscript and reference holdings. A brief question-and-answer period follows, along with a tour of the research center, if time permits. For those visiting Columbia, art gallery tours may also be arranged with the Society's Curator of Art Collections. Modifications to the tour schedules may be arranged after discussion with your tour coordinator.

"It was an amazing experience watching my students read and analyze propaganda posters, comic books, ballet playbills, books, and even microfiche. There is something incredible that happens to students' understanding of history when they experience it tangibly." –Gretchen Trower, Gentry Middle School teacher

Art Gallery Tour

Available in Columbia

Did you know that the State Historical Society of Missouri is home to the nation's best collection of Missouri regional and westward expansion art, including Thomas Hart Benton's Year of Peril series and one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham? Come explore the galleries at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia to see these works and more!

Event Space Rental Tour

Available in Columbia

The State Historical Society’s Center for Missouri Studies offers meeting and event spaces. The Sam B. Cook Hall, the John K. Hulston Lobby, the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Classroom, the Plassmeyer Family Classroom, and the Francis W. “Bud” Barnes Boardroom are all available for reservation. Come in for a tour, and make plans for a great event!

Tour Request Form

Please use the form below to request tour appointment. We ask that you provide as much information as possible about your needs or expectations so that we can serve you better.

Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour times are not reserved until confirmed by a staff member.