Located on the Mississippi River in a former saloon at the foot of Main Street, the New Madrid Historical Museum reflects the history of this river town from the Mississippian period up through the early 20th century. The great earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 are well documented in the Museum's collections. The seismograph on the premises gives evidence of continuing activity along the New Madrid fault.
Native American artifacts and displays bring to life the pre-Columbian culture of the area.
Civil War Artifacts
Civil War enthusiasts will be particularly interested in the Civil War Room. Letters, clothing, equipment and weaponry of the period are all on display, much of it donated by local residents with family connections to the pieces.
The Battle of Island No. 10 is presented from the viewpoint of a local historian and the Gift Shop carries an excellent selection of books on the period.
Late 19th and early 20 century life is depicted in the Museum's exhibits. Furniture, clothing, tools and utensils are displayed.
The Museum's Gift Shop features souvenirs, t-shirts, books, games, toys and many other items for young and old alike.