Newburg Children's Museum of Natural History
The two-storied Annex to the Houston House is located behind the Houston House accessible from Water Street. This is the venue of the Newburg Children's Museum.
First Floor contains Natural History exhibits; one collated by Dan Woodward has rocks of Missouri and fossils through the ages dating from Precambriam times, information on Tectonic plates, volcanoes and caves. The other room depicts underwater scenes, displays of seaweed, corals, sponges, primitive crabs, and diverse mollusc shells from the Caribbean and South Africa.
Upstairs we have a functioning trading store, a activity room for the children, used in the after-school Thursday program. The conservation room is filed with interesting exhibits of animal and bird and insect activities. The sky room has and interactive planetarium, photos from the Hubble telescope replcas of the sun and planets designed to size, as well as the phases of the moon.
Two more rooms are under construction and will house the ethnic exhibits,and interactive fun and learning projects made of recycled materials. The museum is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 10-1pm until we can get more volunteers as docents.
These exhibits are available for viewing by appointment (Telephone:573 762 3077).
We thank the children of Newburg who have helped us with the painting, and the UMR Sigma Nu students who helped with the clean up. Our thanks also go to the Citizen's Bank of Newburg and Phelps Community Bank for their contributions. This is a much needed community project that will serve not only Newburg but the whole of Phelps County.
Currently (before grand opening)we have had 140 visitors including a group of school children from the Newburg School.
For more information see the Children's Museum Web Site