If you’re new to the Ozarks, The Ralph Foster Museum is definitely one of those museums you need to visit. Located on College of the Ozark’s campus, this museum is known as the “Smithsonian of he Ozarks” and is dedicated to the history of the Ozarks. It’s named after Ralph D. Foster, a radio pioneer and philanthropist.
I could spend all day and then some in the Ralph Foster Museum because there’s simply too much to look at in just one day. With thousands of artifacts ranging from firearms, antique vehicles, art, antiques, musical instruments and so much more, you’ll be an expert on the Ozarks by the time you walk out of there.
The museum’s most well-known exhibit is the original Beverly Hillbillies truck, a 1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster. Museum staff allow guests access into the beat-up vehicle’s front seat and it’s served as a great photo op for museum guests for generations. The famous vehicle is located right at the entrance to the museum’s first exhibit so you can’t miss it.
One of the great things about Ralph Foster Museum is that if you come in anytime after 3 p.m., your admission into the museum for the next day is free! So if you don’t have time to make it through all the exhibits, you don’t have to rush. Just come back the next day.
Admission is just $5 for seniors ages 62 and older and $6 for adults. Visitors high school age and under are free.
For more information, visit www.rfostermuseum.com.
Catch the next blog in the C of O Attraction Guidebook series to read about the campus Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen.