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Powers Museum
1617 West Oak Street
Carthage
MO
64836
Tel: 417-237-0456

Directions

On historic Route 66 on westside of Carthage.

Where are we going today?

Open April through mid-December and 2011 & 2012 exhibits will feature the US Civil War for the Sesquicentennial. Other programs and mini-displays throughout the two years will also focus on historic holidays, 85th Anniversary of Route 66 (2011)and other local or Ozarks-related history. May 14, 2011 Battle of Carthage re-enactment across from museum in Municipal Park.
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When can we go?

Vary by season, see website

April - mid-December

What people are saying?

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    Bowers Museum is an amazing museum; I went during the terra-cotta soldier exhibit, and I loved every minute of the museum. I've been several times since, and the museum still hasn't lost its glamour. I'll go miles out of the way to see bowers for a day. I would highly recommend Bowers.

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    One of my best friends just had a wedding here a few weeks ago, and I must say it was a spectacular venue. The ceremony was outside with great trees lit up in the background, and the bride walked down a spiral staircase for everyone to see. Not to mention you get to have your actual reception inside the museum with the weird masks and artwork--so cool. My only complaint was the cocktail hour appetizers were not very delicious, and not that plentiful either. And the dinner portions were kind of small. Other than that, great service, beautiful venue,...Read More

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    I spent hours at the Bowers.

    Today was free admission because Target sponsors Free Admission Sundays on the first Sunday of every month. This month, New Year's was on the first Sunday, so Free Admission was pushed back a week. My main interest was checking out the Warriors, Tombs & Temples Terracotta Warriors.

    The Warriors, Tombs & Temples temporary exhibit was fairly large w/many sculptures. I accidentally took a pic w/flash and alarm bells sounded. I felt like there was a jail break or prison riot. One of the staff just told everyone...Read More

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    One of the few museum that focus in Asian culture. Most other museum in Socal is mostly just about European. However, this one is exception. It focus in Asian in general, they large collection of pacific island art is impressive. The best part is street parking is general free and is free admission first sunday of the monday.

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    Came here for a wedding. The venue is really nice. There is lots of space for seating and parking is a breeze. Didn't see many exhibits, but as a venue it's great

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by YJ W

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One of my best friends just had a wedding here a few weeks ago, and I must say it was a spectacular venue. The ceremony was outside with great trees lit up in the background, and the bride walked down a spiral staircase for everyone to see. Not to mention you get to have your actual reception inside the museum with the weird masks and artwork--so cool. My only complaint was the cocktail hour appetizers were not very delicious, and not that plentiful either. And the dinner portions were kind of small. Other than that, great service, beautiful venue, and gorgeous couple and wedding overall. I'd recommend anyone to check out the Bowers Museum as a potential venue if they're looking.

by Rodney S

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I spent hours at the Bowers.

Today was free admission because Target sponsors Free Admission Sundays on the first Sunday of every month. This month, New Year's was on the first Sunday, so Free Admission was pushed back a week. My main interest was checking out the Warriors, Tombs & Temples Terracotta Warriors.

The Warriors, Tombs & Temples temporary exhibit was fairly large w/many sculptures. I accidentally took a pic w/flash and alarm bells sounded. I felt like there was a jail break or prison riot. One of the staff just told everyone "No flash photography", not knowing I was the one who did it. Wheew! I still had my anonymity. I noticed that as I was browsing other sections of the Terracotta Warrior exhibit, the alarm went off quite a few more times. Thankfully, it wasn't me. There was also a large sculpture of the Medicine Buddha, which I have posted, which I really enjoyed.

I was fascinated by the Scrimshaw Whaling exhibit. The bones and teeth of sperm whales, porpoises and seals were used to make a myriad of household items and artwork. Some items included spoons/forks, clothespins, pie crimpers & salt/pepper shakers. The artwork on whale bone was simply beautiful.

The Spirit & Headhunters exhibit was interesting, too. Masks, weapons & statues were on display. I didn't notice the human teeth necklace, or if I did see it, I wasn't aware the necklace was made from human teeth. Some of the weapons were pretty bad-ass!

The Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit was my second favorite exhibit, behind the Warriors, Tombs & Temples. The skill & dexterity showcased on the intricately carved elephant tusks is truly remarkable. Seems like artistry on that level has been lost to antiquity. There were sculptures of horses & camels that were quite lifelike. There is also an exquisite chess set, too.

The permanent exhibits were nice to check out, such as Pio Pico's carriage. However, I didn't spend as much time there as I did in the featured exhibits.

Funny note-there is a guy dressed as a Terracotta warrior that takes pictures with people by the entrance & he periodically walks around the museum. As the Terracotta warrior walked toward a corner, a teenage woman was also turning the corner on the opposite side & she jumped as he walked by. Classic!

I enjoyed my time at the Bowers Museum. However, I think the cost of admission is a little too pricy. My recommendation - Check it out during Free Admission First Sunday!

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