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Address: 35930 State Highway 86, Golden, MO 65658-8319
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+1 417-271-3300

Something for Everyone! It is a unique collection that will amaze you!


Something for Everyone! It is a unique collection that will amaze you!

Open April 1st through October 31st

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Admission is free. Bus tours are welcome.

The Ozark region is rich with history and has long been the subject of study to historians, geologists, anthropologists, and archeologists. Before the French fur trappers explored the area and European descendants began settling here, the people of the Osage tribe populated much of the land now known as Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Other tribes, traveling through the region, traded with the Osage and left behind clues of their passage. Arrowheads were abundant in the area, and a large collection of over 10,000 hunting implements and artifacts were collected by the Arlis Cogar family who established the Trail of Tears Museum in Huntsville, AR. In 1993, the Prier family of Golden, MO, took over the Trail of Tears Museum Collection and combined it with their collection of Carnival Glass and American pioneer artifacts to create the Golden Missouri Pioneer Museum. The Prier family continues to expand the collection with unique and interesting collections.

The Golden Pioneer Museum gives the visitor a unique look into the lives of early Americans, both Native and the settlers who came in the 1800s. The Early American Pattern Glass collection is abundant with rare examples of some of the finest American made pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s including:

* One of the largest collections of Carnival Glass in the Midwest

* Stunning examples of Vaseline glassware, Black Amethyst glassware, Custard glass, Flo Blue, rare pieces of Klondike glass (including two Snyder vases), a large collection of toothpick holders, and numerous other types of rare glass

* There are many other collections in the museum that include pocket watches, baseball cards, watches, guns, lunch boxes, rose bowls, as well as Civil War battlefield items.

In addition to the man-made treasures, the museum has a large collection of rare mineral items such as the following:

* Believed to be the world's largest turquoise carving, made in China from a 68 lb. nugget

* The largest double-terminated single quartz crystal, weighing 1,250 lbs

* A giant quartz crystal cluster, weighing over 4,000 lbs

* Rare mineral specimens from around the world

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I thought this would be a nice collection, it was an AMAZING collection. Beautiful arrowhead are, lots of Native American artifacts, glassware, geology, and Americana.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Branson, Missouri
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Branson, Missouri
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought this would be a nice collection, it was an AMAZING collection. Beautiful arrowhead are, lots of Native American artifacts, glassware, geology, and Americana.

Thank PManess
Golden, Missouri
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10 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The collections at Golden Museum are outstanding. Regardless of what you collect you will probably find a large collection of it here. Even their rock and mineral collection is outstanding. They have a large collection of Native American relics, as well as collectables from almost every period in America. You will walk from display to display in total amazement.

Thank Joeyel
Kimberling City, Missouri
1 review
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A friend has been telling me about this hidden gem for awhile now. We finally got a chance to go see it and I was just blown away by this wonderful museum! It's deceptive size-wise looking from the outside. Lots of Indian artifacts and rare glass ware. Some I've never seen before or even heard of. I can't wait to... More 

Thank tblrocklakegirl
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We weren't acknowledged when we walked in the door. When I Asked the lazy girl In the corner a question she didn't look up from her phone but grunted an answer. We were told it was a tractor museum but they have exactly 5 tractors. It is a museum of mostly carnival glass and arrow heads with a few other... More 

1 Thank Catarina M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The Golden Pioneer Museum is in the Branson area and is well worth a visit. It has large collections of glassware, minerals/stones and Native American items, as well as a large variety of other items. It has more beautiful glassware and more impressive minerals/stones displays than I could imagine ever seeing in one setting. The Native American weapons collection was... More 

1 Thank nexttime2
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

The extensive Native American artifact collection is breathtaking. The glassware displayed takes me to mansions where huge glamours dinner parties were served. Gorgeous natural rocks and minerals! The rooms with the glow in the dark glassware are romantic check them out and have a mini make-out session.

Thank Autumn W
Cedar Lake, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Found this museum by accident about 10 years ago. Now we always go out of ;our way to visit when in the area. Always something new to see. You will be amazed t the things they have on display. I love their crystal rock collection...don't miss this even if you have to drive a few extra miles...scenery is beautiful in... More 

Thank Christine M
Branson, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Passed by it dozens of times. Finally stopped in for a " few minutes". Two hours later had to leave for an appointment without even seeing all of it. Very impressive. I suggested they add "Free Admission" to their signs.

1 Thank williamjoerg
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

AMAZING accidental find while we were on a bike trip through NW Arkansas and Southern Missouri. Huge metal warehouse on the side of the road. Hides an unbelievable amount of amazing things.. in climate-controlled rooms and cabinets. This is a MUST for anyone who loves American glass and china. I have been to the Smithsonian and even they don't compare... More 

2 Thank Jane Ann D
Mustang, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 August 2015

As we headed toward Mt. Vernon Mo. we stumbled upon this museum, free by the way. We were there for over an hour and could have spent 2 anyway. This place is amazing and has collections of things you wouldn't think of. We were shocked to see all of the incredible things they have collected,. You have to go.

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