The History Museum on the Square preserves and exhibits the unique and rich heritage of Springfield and Greene County, sharing stories of the crossroads. Our six permanent galleries include Native Crossroads at the Spring; Trains, Trolleys and Transportation: Children’s Education Area; Pioneers and Founders at the Crossroads; The Civil War in Springfield; Wild Bill Hickok and the American West; and Birthplace of Route 66.
Highlights of the museum include:
· An interactive touchscreen with a map of Springfield that allows visitors to touch a location on the screen and see a vintage photo of the location juxtaposed next to a photo as it appears today;
· The transportation gallery, which covers the history of trolley cars, steam trains and the railroad system. It features a time machine built into a replica of a trolley car. The time machine has more than 40 video vignettes of famous Springfieldians and significant historical events;
· An immersive reenactment chamber that allows the user to experience the Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt shootout; and
· A 66-foot long timeline and map of the iconic Mother Road.
Visitors explore and engage the past using interactive learning features. High tech exhibits, regional and national traveling exhibitions, walking tours of historic downtown Springfield, an exciting shop with local gifts and books, and unique community rental spaces are available.
Our historic Fox Theatre will continue to be used as a rental venue and special event venue.
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
The History Museum has acquired over 100,000 significant artifacts, including over 30,000 remarkable historic photographs.