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Branson Centennial Museum

This museum shows there's more to Branson than The Strip

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It’s not worth going out of your way for the Branson Centennial Museum for unless you have a special interest in local history, but it’s a good place to rest your feet while watching some or all of the the very long (1 hour and 17 minutes) documentary. It’s a bit dated, but covers everything from the native Osage that used to live here through the Civil War to the development of The Strip. Established in 2012 during Branson’s centennial, it also has some interesting displays, such as the time Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in the world at 8′ 11″, came to town in 1934 for the opening of the Reish Shoe Store, which custom-made Wadlow’s size 37.5 shoe. In fact, the museum occupies that very shoe store, and you can see a replica statue of Wadlow at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 

You can also see photos and memorabilia of Jim Owen, famous for his fishing trips on the White River (now Lake Taneycomo) and also for his Hillbilly Theatre across the street, now the Historic Owen Theatre. Probably the most interesting thing to see, especially for visitors who remember Branson way back when, is the timeline of shows that have played in Branson through the years.


Categories: See & Do: Museums |

At A Glance

Address:
120 S. Commercial
Branson MO
Phone:
417-239-1912
Price:
free
Hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

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