Ralph Foster Museum

Ralph Foster Museum

About Ralph Foster Museum

Featuring the items, artifacts, and culture of the Ozarks – the College of the Ozarks’ Ralph Foster Museum showcases many of the different people and history of the famous mountain tourist town. You will see the original car from the Beverly Hillbillies TV show to Native American pieces from the Midwest.


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About Ralph Foster Museum

Dubbed the “Smithsonian of the Ozarks,” the Ralph Foster Museum aims to collect, preserve, and display items from the Ozarks.

Sitting inside the College of the Ozarks campus, the museum strives to culturally enrich the area by providing historic artifacts and other items of interest to the local area.

Started by college’s president Dr. Robert M. Good, it provides a glimpse into the region and its people and was named after one of its largest benefactors, Ralph Foster. A businessman and native of the area, Mr. Foster had an extensive collection of native American artifacts that he donated to the museum – who in turn named the facility after him.

Items from the Ozarks

Included in the displays are military items, collectible figurines, cultural artifacts, and possibly the highlight of the collection – the famous automobile from the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

Rotating Galleries and Exhibitions

Changing periodically each month and with various seasons, the museum hosts multiple artifacts and galleries throughout the year. These items and exhibits are on a rotating and ever-changing schedule, allowing visitors to see something new each time they visit.


Point Lookout, MO 65726

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