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Joplin Museum Complex

504 South Schifferdecker Avenue

Welcome to the Joplin Museum Complex, home to the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum, Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, The Empire District Electric Company Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum.

The purpose of these two museums is to tell the story of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District.

By displaying Historical and mineral collections, the Joplin Museum Complex provides inspiration for future generations to better understand the economic and social history of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District.

The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum

... boasts one of the world's most exceptional collections of lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals found in the Tri-State District. This museum interprets the geology and geochemistry of the area and illustrates mining processes and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s.

The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum

...emphasizes the growth and development as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. On display are assorted historical items from Joplin's mining era including a circus room, a child's playhouse (children are invited in with adult supervision), a 1927 American LeFrance fire engine and Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll collection.


Elizabeth Chunke

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Great small town museum with lots of information! We really enjoyed it.

Teri Kasch

Monday, April 30, 2018
Great place $2 admission for 2 museum's.. History of Joplin

Tina Miller

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
They have a lot of information about the mining history of the town & a really interesting walk through display museum of historical items from the town.


Monday, June 11, 2018
Great place to take the kids and only 2.00

Shonte' N

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Always a great time, with good conversation.

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