Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor’s Center reopens after nearly 18 months of renovations

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 12:14 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The visitor’s center at the Wilsons Creek National Battlefield reopened after 18 months of renovations.

The staff celebrated the ribbon cutting Friday with special guests Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Billy Long.

The building expanded by 1,800 square feet. The renovation included a new HVAC system, carpet and additional exhibit space. The park is displaying about 90% of its artifacts from the Civil War era, meeting its goal of showcasing one of the finest collections representing a battle west of the Mississippi River.

The Wilsons Creek National Battlefield Foundation raised $500,000 for this project. And federal funding provided the rest. The excitement return to the park after the reopening.

“It’s a very big deal,” said Bill Piston, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation. “As a historian, I’m delighted with the progress here, which really is at two levels. One is to increase the interpretation, both in the space devoted to it and the quality of that interpretation. The second thing though, which is mostly behind the scenes, is preservation of the artifacts.”

Piston says the artifacts area getting the very best treatment.

You can come check out the newly renovated visitor center and museum. It opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is always free to the public. The park charges entrance fees for other areas.

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