The Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City will hold “Third Friday @ 3” themed tours of the Missouri State Capitol at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month in various locations throughout the Capitol. The tours begin Friday, with events planned for Feb. 21, and March 20.
Friday’s tour is titled “Background, Foreground and Figures” and focuses on the history and techniques used to construct museum dioramas.
The Feb. 21 tour is titled “Four Lunettes,” which will highlight the background and history of the 1847 Battle of Sacramento, Vauquois Heights, riches of the mines and the reclamation of the South.
The March 20 tour, “World War I and the Missouri State Capitol,” will explore Missouri’s connection with World War I through the Capitol’s exhibits, plaques, paintings and sculptures.
Visitors should check in 10 minutes early at the Missouri State Museum tour desk just off the Capitol rotunda.
The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol and houses a collection of exhibits portraying the state’s natural and cultural history. Museum staff regularly provide free tours of the Capitol grounds, including Jefferson Landing, which was a busy center of commerce along the Missouri River during the mid-1800s; the Lohman Building, which was a docking site for steamboats traveling between St. Louis and Kansas City, and the nearby Union Hotel, which contains the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery with changing exhibits on Missouri history, art and culture.
For more information about the special themed tours, call the museum at 573.751.2854. For details about other tour dates and policies for individuals, families and large groups, visit the Missouri State Parks website at https://mostateparks.com/page/55179/capitol-tours.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.)