Missouri State Museum
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The museum portrays the culture of Missouri's past and present, including the many natural resources the state contains and the history of Missouri's people. Visitors will find a variety of exhibits including temporary changing exhibits, stationary historical exhibits and hands-on interactive and audio exhibits. An interactive Civil War exhibit geared toward teaching children about a Missouri soldier's life in the Civil War has existed within the museum, and has been one of its most popular exhibits. The museum has held over 30,000 artifacts in its collection. These include Missouri Civil War battle flags and a collection of World War I flags.
The history wing of the museum was originally the only part of the museum and is now in the eastern wing of the capitol building. In 1921, the Missouri Resources Museum was founded and placed in the wing directly opposite the state museum in the west wing of the capitol. The two merged in 1923 to form the Missouri State Museum. The museum was controlled by a variety of state agencies until 1978. In that year the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took control of the museum where it has remained ever since. It is now part of DNR's Division of State Parks.  The museum staff also provides tours of the capitol building itself.
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