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Branson’s Museums - Fun and Fascinating Inside and Out!

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Branson’s Museums - Fun and Fascinating Inside and Out!

Branson has an incredible collection of museums, and we’re not talking about row after row of old items collecting dust, these are fun and fascinating attractions.  And there’s quite a variety here, offering something for every type of guest. Want to take a relaxing stroll through interesting displays? There’s a museum in Branson for you!  Looking to entertain the whole family with interactive exhibits? There’s a museum in Branson for you, too! Toys, oddities, wax figures of famous people, military artifacts, fishing equipment, Branson history, and even a stunning attraction that pays homage to the unforgettable story of the Titanic, and so much more awaits you.  Don’t let the word “museum” throw you - it’s a word that doesn’t do justice to the interesting and unique offerings you’ll discover in Branson.

We’re sharing a brief summary of several museums you can visit in Branson - make your list now and get ready for a fun-filled and fascinating visit!  Hours and operating schedules can change seasonally and on holidays, so always check the schedule in advance of your visit.

Titanic Museum Attraction:  Easily one of the most popular places in all of Branson, this unforgettable attraction brilliantly shares the story of history’s most famous ship - stories of the passengers, both those who were lost and those who were saved - stories of the crew, including moving and inspirational displays that rotate, allowing for so many priceless artifacts to be viewed - these include exhibits that tell the story of the musicians, the children aboard, the only surviving bible from the ship, and a very special display this year, actual lifejackets from Titanic!  One can never say enough wonderful things about the impact this stunning museum has made on Branson and the thousands of guests who return time and again to experience it anew.

Location:  3235 West Highway 76 - you can’t miss it - this ship-shaped attraction appears to be pushing through an iceberg and right onto Branson’s famous Strip!

General Operating Hours:  Depending on the season, the museum opens as early as 9:00 a.m. and closes as late as 10:00 p.m.

Make sure you check out…”what it was like” hands-on exhibits - experience how cold the water really was, and what it was like to stand on the sloping deck of the Titanic as it was sinking.

Branson Dinosaur Museum:  You can never go wrong with dinosaurs!  Kids of all ages are enamored with these prehistoric creatures, but dragging them through a traditional museum doesn’t always cut it with kids - take them to Branson’s Dinosaur Museum, where you’ll discover incredible life-like displays crafted by paleoartists using actual dinosaur bones.  The museum also features a fossil exhibit, learning center, video presentation, gift shop, and even a room for hosting parties.

Location:  3619 West Highway 76

General Operating Hours:  Sunday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Make sure you check out...the microrapter, dinosaurs that were a mere one foot tall!

History of Fishing Museum:  For the person who loves to fish, they’ll be thrilled with the incredible collection of everything connected to one of America’s favorite past-times, but even for someone who doesn’t fish regularly, this is a very interesting place to visit.  With more than 40,000 items valued at nearly $5 million, there’s a lot to see here, including an American auction record-setting purchase of a Snyder reel, now on display, and fun displays like fish fossils and aquatic dinosaur bones, and we’ve already talked about how much kids love dinosaurs!

Location:  225 North Wildwood Drive, just a block downhill from Highway 76

General Operating Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Sunday: 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Make sure you check out...a Comstock lure that was used in a court case - it has no barbs because they had to be removed to keep the judge from injuring himself.

Hollywood Wax Museum:  Another of Branson’s attractions that’s hard to miss - it features a skyline that includes the Empire State Building being scaled by King Kong!  Visiting here is the next best thing to being surrounded by all your favorite celebrities, including those larger-than-life legends that left us far too soon...Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, and Charlie Chaplin.  And the Wax Museum is another Branson museum that offers more than the fun wax displays - Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, the Castle of Chaos, and Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf can also be found here - get an All Access Pass and enjoy everything!

Location:  3030 West Highway 76 - remember, just look up and watch for the big monkey!

General Operating Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week - 365 days per year (in the event of inclement weather, check in advance to make sure they’re open)

Make sure you check out...the props available for great photo opps with your favorite stars!

Veterans Memorial Museum: Branson’s acknowledgement of our nation’s veterans and active duty military is sincere and authentic...patriotism isn’t a sales pitch here, it’s a character trait.  An excellent example of the deep patriotic vein that runs through Branson is the Veterans Memorial Museum. Displays are arranged in “Halls” with each representing a significant conflict in America’s history, including WWI and WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.  This museum offers a great learning experience for the younger members of your family or group, and strives to honor everyone you know who has served - it’s highly recommended for every Branson guest, and an unforgettable experience for every veteran and service member.

Location:  1250 West Highway 76 - look for the incredible 50-man bronze statue - “Storming the Beach” - located in front of the museum.  The statue was created by museum owner and sculptor, Fred Hoppe, and was put on display by the City of Branson, current owner of the amazing piece.

General Operating Hours:  Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Make sure you check out...walls that list the names of the soldiers lost during each major conflict.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!:  Learning that it’s called an “Odditorium” tells you everything you need to know to grasp just how quirky (a lion made of tires,) freaky (a shrunken head,) and fantastically fun (everywhere you look) this place can be!  Stunning displays, neat interactive features and photo opps, a really cool gift shop, and literally tons of oddities are screaming at you to experience everything! The world’s largest roll of toilet paper...a wood cathedral that took 25 years to carefully carve...a vampire killing kit - you get the idea, if it’s weird, strange, unique, or just plain fascinating, you’ll find it here.

Location:  1250 West Highway 76 - another “can’t miss it” building - it looks like it was severly damaged in an earthquake, and transformer Optimus Prime stands guard at the entrance!

General Operating Hours:  Sunday - Thursday: opens at 9:30 a.m. - last ticket sold at 6:00 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: opens at 9:30 a.m. - last ticket sold at 8:00 p.m.

Make sure you check of the best attraction gift shops in Branson!

World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex:  The “Complex” was added to the name when this attraction became multiple museums under one roof - in addition to an astonishing collection of toys and games, you’ll discover these museums - National BB Gun, World of Checkers, Stearnsy Bear, Harold Bell Wright (the author of the book from which the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama was born,) and the legendary Paul Harvey, Jr.  Whether you’re a fan of Hot Wheels or Barbie - M&Ms or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Roy Rogers-themed toys or those featuring Betty Boop, you’ll surely be a fan of the World’s Largest Toy Museum!

Location:  3609 West Highway 76 - again, a can’t miss building - giant toy soldiers guard the entrance, accompanied by a giant teddy bear, and giant alphabet blocks - kids will love this place before they even go inside!

General Operating Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  January & February: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sunday: Closed

Make sure you check out...the collection of fire trucks, Howdy Doody, Star Trek, metal cars, board games, Pez dispensers, and anything else that brings back your happiest childhood memories of play time!

Branson Centennial Museum:  Established during Branson’s celebration of its centennial year and located in Branson’s Historic Downtown District, this museum offers an interesting collection of artifacts depicting the history of the area, as well as other displays from eras represented in many of the exhibits.  There’s a small gift shop, friendly staff to answer questions, and it’s an entirely free attraction! But please, if you can, make a financial donation to help keep the doors open for furture generations to enjoy.

Location:  120 South Commercial Street - look for the yellow awning.

General Operating Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Sunday: Closed

Make sure you check out...any display featuring the history of Branson’s entertainment industry.

Now that you’ve learned more about all the wonderful museums that Branson has to offer, make plans now to get here and get going around town to visit them all!  Bringing the kids? Check out these other great deals for entertaining the youngsters: “27 Kid-Friendly Branson MO Activities at Budget-Friendly Prices!” And here’s information on affordable attractions, including several of the museums we’ve featured above: “14 Branson Attractions Under $20 - WOW!