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Missouri
Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

Located in the Heartlands of the Midwest, Missouri takes its name from one of the area’s indigenous communities. Missouri’s pre-Columbian indigenous peoples displayed differences in culture and subsistence that reflected the geographical differences between the woodlands in the east and the open plains in the west. French settlers arrived in the 18th century, although the territory was transferred to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In 1821, Missouri became a U.S. state and in the 1830s much of its indigenous population was forcibly relocated to ‘Indian Territory’ in modern Oklahoma. Missourians fought on both sides in the American Civil War, although the state largely remained with the Union.

Archaeology & History Sites in Missouri

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Museums & Art Galleries in Missouri

The National WWI Museum & Memorial

Opened in 1926 as the Liberty Memorial, in 2004 Congress designated the renamed National WWI Museum and Memorial as the  nations official site for remembering and interpreting the events of WWI. It includes the Liberty Tower and a 3,000 square metre exhibit space. Permanent exhibits explore global events from the causes and outbreak of the War to the 1918 Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference. The museums also hosts temporary exhibitions on WWI themes. At the heart of the museum is a collection of over 350,000 objects from all over the world. Although the US’s national WWI museum, the focus of the exhibits is international.