Missouri History Museum

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The Missouri History Museum Traces Its Roots Back To 1866, The Year That Th
e Missouri Historical Society (MHS) Formed In St. Louis And Began Its Work  
Of ?Saving From Oblivion The Early History Of The City And State.
? In The 1880s, MHS Announced Its Intent To Gather Donations Of His
torical Artifacts For A Public Museum. The Resulting Response Overwhelmed E
xisting Storage Space And Led The Organization To Search For A New Home For
 Its Collections. The Missouri History Museum Then Opened To The Public In  
1892.  

At The Turn Of The Century, Planning For The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposi
tion?Better Known As The 1904 World?s Fair?Coincide
d With A Renewed Push For The Missouri History Museum And MHS Collections T
o Gain A More Permanent Home. Proceeds From The Fair Led To The Creation Of
 The Jefferson Memorial Building, Which Would Include Space For The Missour
i History Museum. An Estimated 230,000 People Attended Opening Festivities  
When The Building Was Dedicated On April 30, 1913.  

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