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  • Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden

    Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden

    Marshall, Missouri

    Memorial park to Jim the Wonder Dog, a magical (but real) pooch who could understand English and predict the future.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Titanic Museum

    Titanic Museum

    Branson, Missouri

    The doomed ocean liner is taking on passengers on the main strip in Branson.

  • Precious Moments Park and Chapel

    Precious Moments Park and Chapel

    Carthage, Missouri

    Sprawling, multi-million-dollar complex attracts fanatical collectors of the adorable angel statuettes, but all fanatics are welcome.

  • Glore Psychiatric Museum

    Glore Psychiatric Museum

    St. Joseph, Missouri

    A giant "human hamster" treadmill is only one of many intriguing displays in a museum that shows how hard it is to make people sane.

  • City Museum

    City Museum

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Insanely fun former warehouse, a 10-story 5-star wonder.

  • Bonne Terre Mine: Billion Gallon Lake

    Bonne Terre Mine: Billion Gallon Lake

    Bonne Terre, Missouri

    Lead mine closed in 1962 and reopened as a tourist attraction. Features the World's Largest Subterranean Lake.

  • Giant Animal Cluster

    Giant Animal Cluster

    Bonne Terre, Missouri

    It's not often you get the chance to pose with a polka-dot elephant and eyeglasses-wearing pink elephant in the same parking lot. Showroom contains more animals and memorabilia.

  • World's Largest Ball of Twine

    World's Largest Ball of Twine

    Branson, Missouri

    At Ripley's, certified by Guiness, surrounded by other oddities. But the largest?

  • Military Museums of Fort Leonard Wood

    Military Museums of Fort Leonard Wood

    Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    Three free, eclectic museums under one roof: Chemical Corps, MPs, Engineers.

  • Haunted House on Hill Street Wax Museum

    Haunted House on Hill Street Wax Museum

    Hannibal, Missouri

    Frightening haunted house and even more frightening wax dummies of Mark Twain, his family, and his fictional characters. Strangest attraction in Hannibal.

  • Fantastic Caverns: Ride-Thru Cave

    Fantastic Caverns: Ride-Thru Cave

    Springfield, Missouri

    See Nature's mostly unspoiled beauty by jeep in "America's Ride-Thru Cave."

  • Where Jesse James Was Killed

    Where Jesse James Was Killed

    St. Joseph, Missouri

    Wild West fans come from far and near to "see the bullet hole" which may or may not have been made by the bullet that took a shortcut through Jesse James' head.

  • Patee House Museum

    Patee House Museum

    St. Joseph, Missouri

    Is that a giant ball of string next to a horse-drawn hearse? A display of local murder weapons (including an electric drill) and an exhibit on the World's Tallest Man? Strange things await here.

  • Wax Museum of St. Louis

    Wax Museum of St. Louis

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Presidents, biblical figures, celebrities, and a two-basement Chamber of Horrors.

  • Jesse James Wax Museum

    Jesse James Wax Museum

    Stanton, Missouri

    Jesse James wasn't really shot to death in 1882 -- he died of old age in 1951. Be damned, DNA evidence... we want the truth!

  • Meramec Caverns

    Meramec Caverns

    Stanton, Missouri

    You don't even reach the mouth of this popular cave until you drive past the Meramec Caverns motel and RV park, and walk past the ice cream stand and huge gift shop.

  • Uranus


    Uranus, Missouri

    In the tourist trap town of Uranus, a fudge-shop-out-of-control offers many memorable photo-ops and souvenirs, and a lot of bad Uranus puns.

  • Space Museum and Gus Grissom Center

    Space Museum and Gus Grissom Center

    Bonne Terre, Missouri

    Earl Mullins evangelizes the wonders of space exploration through his museum collection.

  • World's Largest 20th Century Pecan

    World's Largest 20th Century Pecan

    Brunswick, Missouri

    12 feet long and six solid tons, it's a nutty claim to fame made of custom-painted concrete.

  • Ruins of Ha Ha Tonka

    Ruins of Ha Ha Tonka

    Camdenton, Missouri

    Built by a Kansas City millionaire who died before it was completed. The castle was gutted by fire in 1942.

  • Big Bender

    Big Bender

    Dittmer, Missouri

    A towing business displays a supersized junk art rendition of Futurama's sociopath robot, Bender. His head alone is a 55 gallon oil drum, to give you a sense of his scale.

  • The Hall of Waters

    The Hall of Waters

    Excelsior Springs, Missouri

    Elaborate Art Deco temple devoted to the curative power of mineral water. Site of the World's Longest Water Bar, high windows, futurist chandeliers, and polished terrazzo floors.

  • World's Largest Route 66 Rocking Chair

    World's Largest Route 66 Rocking Chair

    Fanning, Missouri

    Over 42 feet tall. Held the world record 2008-2015, now promoted as the "World's Largest Rocking Chair on Route 66." Despite its demotion to number two, it's still really big.

  • Hannibal: Twain Town

    Hannibal: Twain Town

    Hannibal, Missouri

    Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, grew up in Hannibal, and the town works hard to ensure that no visitor ever forgets it.

  • Buster Brown's Grave

    Buster Brown's Grave

    Hornersville, Missouri

    A big tombstone for the local little person who became famous as Buster Brown, spokesman for Buster Brown shoes.

  • Leila's Hair Museum

    Leila's Hair Museum

    Independence, Missouri

    At Leila's Hair Museum, former hairdresser Leila Cohoon displays her impressive collection of human hair art, as well as hair samples from Presidents Lincoln and (maybe) Truman.

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