New Madrid Historical Museum

Located a scant few yards from the Mississippi River on Main Street, the New Madrid Historical Museum has been welcoming visitors since 1975. Come see The Great Quakes exhibit and discover the history of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12. There is also a ten minute video presentation about the earthquakes and their impact on the fledgling United States.

The Civil War room at the museum features artifacts, weapons and other items that tell the story of Siege of New Madrid and the Battle for Island #10, which happened here in March and April of 1862.

The museum also has hundreds of artifacts found in and around New Madrid from the Mississippian period (700-1500AD) of Precolumbian North America. A number of the artifacts on display were recovered by the University of Missouri during an archaeological excavation of a nearby mound.

And there is much more to discover about the history of this river town when you visit the New Madrid Historical Museum

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Latitude: 36.583885 Longitude: -89.526338 Elevation: 305 ft
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Seasons Open

year round

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Apr-Nov 9am-5pm Mon-Sat and 12pm-5pm Sun. Dec-Mar 10am-4pm Mon-Sat and 12pm-4pm Sun


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A few years ago I visited this quaint river town and went into the museum, I remember walking the levee that overlooks the river. It was a beautiful place to visit.

Leslie, 5/12/2015

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