The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History makes its home in the Arts and Science building of the former Will Mayfield College campus overlooking the foothills of the ancient Ozark Mountains. Supported entirely by private funding and dedicated volunteers, the Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, began operation in 2000.
The museum's exhibits include the Missouri Dinosaur Discovery, various dinosaur and ice age exhibits, Will Mayfield College memorabilia, Civil War ballistics, Native American artifacts, mounted North American Mammals, pottery and a replica copper hawk Repousse from the Peter Bess mound builders settlement, Tom Runnels art and sculptures,a digitized presentation of historic local photographs, and other natural history exhibits. Beautiful architecture and educational history placed the museum building on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Dinosaur bones were first discovered in Bollinger County in 1942. First thought to be bones from a sauropod, after more excavation in the 1970s, it would determined the bones belonged to a large hadrosaur, Hypsibema missouriense.The finding of dinosaur fossils in Bollinger County is an important and significant find for the state of Missouri. At this time no other dinosaur fossils have been found in the Missouri. The history of the Missouri Dinosaur is displayed in this museum. Hypsibema missouriense was named the official Missouri dinosaur in 2004.
The mission of The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History is to perpetuate knowledge about the natural and cultural history of our region and beyond, to preserve the past for future generations, ignite a lifelong curiosity about the natural world, and inspire an appreciation of science for generations to come. Our vision is to capture the imagination of people of all ages through engaging and evolving displays and programs that will connect people to our environment, such that visitors and patrons will have a better understanding of our ever-changing natural world and our place in it.
Visit this unique museum, located off the beaten path, for a look back at the fossil record. Learn about prehistoric life, early technology, people history, geology of Missouri, and more. Have a fun learning experience in the play and discover children's area or find unique treasures in the gift shop.
Visit the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History on the web at https://bcmnh.org/