A few weeks ago I blogged about a BB Gun Museum that was set to open, so this week I went to check it out for myself.
The National BB Gun Museum is located right next to the World’s Largest Toy Museum and the Dinosaur Museum and is home to a large collection of vintage BB guns, nostalgic ads from manufacturers like Daisy, Winchester and more and various informative displays.
The nostalgia associated with owning a BB gun stretches back to the very early 1900’s when Daisy, one of the earliest makers of BB guns, marketed its products with ads that proclaimed things like “Daisy: The BB Gun that every boy dreams about.”
Many of the nostalgic ads and marketing materials were produced by Daisy and focused on the fact that giving clean cut, upstanding American boys a BB gun would serve as the proper training and character development they needed to learn how to handle a real gun when they came of age.
Daisy was and still continues to be one of the most widely known manufactures of BB guns and Branson’s BB Gun Museum is chocked full of different models throughout the 1900’s. I had no idea there were so many different makes and models and it was interesting being able to compare the differences between them.
The Branson BB Gun Museum is definitely for any BB gun enthusiasts out there, but if you owned a BB gun as a child or think you would enjoy looking at all the different kinds of models, you might be interesting in seeing what this museum has to offer.
Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think. The museum is inside the old Carolina Mills Building on Highway 76 next to the World’s Largest Toy Museum.
The Branson Military Museum, another new museum attraction on the Branson strip, has recently just opened.
The museum features artifacts from wars throughout the history of the American military including World War I, World War II the Vietnam War and the Korean War.
The exhibits display many uniforms from the 1800’s on up that were once worn by men and women in the service which made everything a bit more real to me. One of the shirts on display was actually worn by a prisoner of war and it had a large hole in the front right hand corner where a bullet had burned its way through the fabric. That in itself was incredibly powerful to look at.
Also on display was a civil war field dental kit, storage pouches and other artifacts alongside the Historic Firearms exhibit which showcased many different types of guns and weapons that were used by military personnel.
My favorite part of the museum was the very back room which was filled with the front pages from 9/11 published by newspapers from around the world. It was very sobering to walk through that room but I would definitely recommend it.
If you get the chance to visit the Branson Military Museum I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. While a few exhibits are still under construction, it’s a very interesting experience overall.
The Branson Military Museum is inside the old Carolina Mills Building on Highway 76 next to the World’s Largest Toy Museum.
Last week I blogged about the new Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon coming this fall to the Branson Landing and KSPR has published an update about the new developments on the shores of Lake Taneycomo.
According to the article, construction on the 8 story attraction has been going well and it is scheduled to open in about one month. KSPR reported, “when it’s complete it will be the only structure like it in America, and also the tallest in the world.”
The balloon ride will take guests 180 feet up into the air and then rotate 360 degrees so riders can get a birds eye view of the lake and city of Branson. Developers said it will operate in all different weather conditions.
The new attraction is owned by Parakeet Pete’s, which also has a waterfront zipline on the Landing.
To read the previous blog about the new waterfront balloon, click here.
For the full article from KSPR, click here.
Construction has begun on the north end of the Branson Landing to make way for an all new attraction: Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon.
This thrilling balloon ride will take visitors to the top of a 180 foot enclosed tower as the balloon itself rises 130 feet into the air. Riders will experience a bird’s eye view of Lake Taneycomo and the city of Branson as the hydraulic balloon ride rotates 360 degrees above The Landing.
The tower will stand near the Belk Department Store entrance and is fully handicap accessible. It’s estimated to open in the fall of 2014.
We will post more on the Branson Shows Blog as we are updated so stay tuned for more information.