Some SHSMO locations will reopen on August 4, 2020. Appointments are required for research center visits. See hours.

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 the Center for Missouri Studies building, collections and resources for research, art gallery, or event space rental. We require at least two weeks' notice.

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, conservation lab, 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.

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 our Research Center, if time permits. If desired, Art Gallery tours may also be arranged at the Columbia Research Center with the Society Art Curator. Modifications to the tour schedules may be arranged after discussion with the 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 in Columbia offers space rental options to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, cultural organizations, and educational groups.  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 spaces available for events.  Come in for a tour, explore the Center, 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.