(Branson, Missouri - MO, USA)
Branson's fascinating museums cover a vast and diverse range of subjects, from history to Hollywood, being designed to keep visitors of all ages entertained for weeks. Families in Branson will appreciate spending time exploring the attractions within the World's Largest Toy Museum, as well as paying a visit to the glitzy Hollywood Wax Museum and its lifelike waxwork celebrities.
Also of note for families is the Branson Ripley's Believe It or Not, where many weird and wonderful exhibits await. Others will find that the thought-provoking Veteran's Memorial Museum is a particular cultural highlight, boasting a 70-foot / 21-meter bronze war memorial.
Hollywood Wax Museum
Address: 3030 West Highway 76, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA
Tel: +1 417 337 8277
Situated on Branson's Strip, the Hollywood Wax Museum boasts over 170 waxworks of television and movie stars including Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and many more. One of the main highlights is a humorous interpretation of Mount Rushmore, with enormous faces of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge, discount for children and seniors. Free for children under five years old
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
Address: West Highway 76, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA.
Tel: +1 417 337 5300
This fascinating Ripley's attraction features over 400 curious exhibits in seven themed galleries, housed in a unique building that has been built to look like it was damaged by the 1812 Missouri earthquake. The exhibits at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum are strange indeed and include a 'Genuine Vampire Killing Kit', an exhibit dedicated to illusions and a two-headed calf.
Open hours: daily, mid-December to mid-March - 09:00 to 19:00, mid-March to mid-December - 09:00 to 23:00
Admission: charge, discount for children, free for children under four years old
American Presidential Museum
Address: 3107 West Highway 76, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA
Tel: +1 417 334 8683
This important attraction offers a glimpse into the democratic process that built America's foundation, with exhibits including a replica of the Oval office and Air Force One. The Presidential Museum is also home to personal effects of Lincoln, Kennedy, Roosevelt and other US presidents.
Open hours: May to December, Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 15:00
Roy Rogers / Dale Evans Museum
Address: 3950 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA
Tel: +1 417 339 1900
Dedicated to the famous duo Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, this museum showcases family photos dating back to Roy and Dale's childhood, colorful costumes, parade saddles, memorabilia from the silver screen and television and all things Roy and Dale.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discount for children, free for children under 12 years old
Ralph Foster Museum
Address: College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri MO, USA
Tel: +1 417 334 6411
Located just 2 miles / 3 km from southern Branson, the Ralph Foster Museum is located on the College of the Ozarks campus. With a vast collection of over 750,000 items, attractions at the Ralph Foster attraction include geology exhibits, many important archeological finds and local artifacts.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 16:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, children free
Veteran's Memorial Museum
Address: 1250 West 76, Country Music Boulevard, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA
Tel: +1 417 336 2300
The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson is a national tribute to the men and women who served the US during the 20th century. This attraction is home to poignant wartime exhibits and surprisingly the largest bronze war memorial sculpture in existence.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00, seasonal variations apply
World's Largest Toy Museum
Address: 3609 West Highway 76, Branson, Missouri MO, 65616, USA
Tel: +1 417 332 1499
This enormous toy museum is home to literally thousands of toys, dating from the 1800s to the present day. There are planes, trains, boats, bears, toy soldiers and all conceivable types of toys on display, making the World's Largest Toy Museum a firm favorite with all ages, particularly young children and 'grown ups' looking to take a stroll down memory lane.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 21:00, seasonal variations apply