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 and art gallery. 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
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.
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!
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.