About Us

The museum is located in the Old Fire Station No. 1, completed in 1909. Learn about river captains and the great paddle-wheel steamboats; Jean Pierre Girardeau, the namesake of our town; Marie Oliver, designer of the Missouri state flag; Louis Houck, pioneer railroader who opened development in Southeast Missouri; Willard Vandiver, who coined the phrase “The Show Me State;” and much more! Attend our monthly Speaker Series to hear local historians revive our past.

The Cape River Heritage Museum is open 12pm-4pm Thursday-Saturday, from mid-April until mid-December, and is free. Group and special tours offered by appointment.

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