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“Awesome free 3 museums in One!”

Golden Pioneer Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Golden
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Owner description: Something for Everyone! It is a unique collection that will amaze you! Open April 1st through October 31st Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission is free. Bus tours are welcome. The Ozark region is rich with history and has long been the subject of study to historians, geologists, anthropologists, and archeologists. Before the French fur trappers explored the area and European descendants began settling here, the people of the Osage tribe populated much of the land now known as Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Other tribes, traveling through the region, traded with the Osage and left behind clues of their passage. Arrowheads were abundant in the area, and a large collection of over 10,000 hunting implements and artifacts were collected by the Arlis Cogar family who established the Trail of Tears Museum in Huntsville, AR. In 1993, the Prier family of Golden, MO, took over the Trail of Tears Museum Collection and combined it with their collection of Carnival Glass and American pioneer artifacts to create the Golden Missouri Pioneer Museum. The Prier family continues to expand the collection with unique and interesting collections. The Golden Pioneer Museum gives the visitor a unique look into the lives of early Americans, both Native and the settlers who came in the 1800s. The Early American Pattern Glass collection is abundant with rare examples of some of the finest American made pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s including: * One of the largest collections of Carnival Glass in the Midwest * Stunning examples of Vaseline glassware, Black Amethyst glassware, Custard glass, Flo Blue, rare pieces of Klondike glass (including two Snyder vases), a large collection of toothpick holders, and numerous other types of rare glass * There are many other collections in the museum that include pocket watches, baseball cards, watches, guns, lunch boxes, rose bowls, as well as Civil War battlefield items. In addition to the man-made treasures, the museum has a large collection of rare mineral items such as the following: * Believed to be the world's largest turquoise carving, made in China from a 68 lb. nugget * The largest double-terminated single quartz crystal, weighing 1,250 lbs * A giant quartz crystal cluster, weighing over 4,000 lbs * Rare mineral specimens from around the world
Perkinston, MS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Awesome free 3 museums in One!”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Just happened to pick up a brochure in Eureka Springs before driving to Branson. So glad I did! This place is totally worth the time to see. We were there over an hour and could have stayed longer. Largest variety of Fenton glassware I've ever seen. Never seen so many arrowheads and other Indian artifacts. They must have so many extra arrowheads that they've recreated famous Western paintings using the extras. World's largest turquoise carving, carved in China from a 68 lbs. nugget. Quartz crystal, petrified 7 ft tall tree, mineral specimens from around the world, carnival glass, guns and ammo, etc, etc. More Americana collections than you can take in. Opens at 10:30. Hwy 86 and J in Golden, Missouri.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Teresa L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“What a suprise!”
Reviewed 23 October 2012 via mobile

I hadn't been through golden in quite a while and was suprised to see a museum. My wife and I decided to check it out. We are glad we did, this place is cool. It took us a while to see the whole place. We both really enjoyed it. My wife has been telling other family members to check out out. It is definately worth stopping for.

3 Thank Dleep
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Ozark, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“All I can say is "wow"!”
Reviewed 2 June 2012

Just happened on this museum and thought we would take a look-see. Were we ever surprised! Guns, arrowheads, money, dishes, Elvis, huge selection of rocks and boulders. Something for everyone in the group! We were impressed that so many people would work so hard at putting together these huge collections. Stop and take a look - its worth the stop! Then head up to Garcia's Mexican Restaurant in Shell Knob - nothing fancy but super tasty!

Visited May 2012
2 Thank ConnieJo12
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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The most biggest and beautiful collection of old glass that I've ever seen!”
Reviewed 6 September 2011

If you are a collecter or admirer of old glassware... you need to see this place! Everything was displayed beautifully and the lighting was perfect for photos & photography is welcome. I've never seen such a huge collection like this. It was amazing! Go check it out! There is no fee to get in but, they do ask for a donation. Very nice people!

Visited September 2011
3 Thank 63Leann
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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Surprisingly cool!”
Reviewed 17 August 2011

This place is a gem hiding in the middle of nowhere. We were driving from Branson, Missouri to Rogers Arkansas, & stopped to get gasoline. Across the street is a building that didn't look too promising but called itself a museum. There was so much stuff inside, we didn't really get to see it all. There were giant quartz crystals, Native American artifacts, collections of military items, guns, baseball cards, coins, glass, dolls... 3 floors of things to look at. We were wowed & although there is no fee to get into the museum, they do have a donation box, so we donated $5 each. Go there if you get the chance.

Visited August 2011
4 Thank omahagurl
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