“No place is a place until the things that have happened
in it are remembered.”
  Wallace Stegner

The Bushwhacker Museum takes great pride in preserving the memories of Vernon County, Missouri.
It is widely regarded as one of the premier small town museums in the Midwest.

Visit Us

Visit Us

The Bushwhacker Museum is located in the lower level of the Nevada Public Library building on the northwest corner of the historic Nevada Courthouse Square. Get Directions Here!

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Museum Store

Museum Store

Our gift shop has a great selection of local and regional history books. Locally made souvenir items and woodcrafts are available for history enthusiasts age 7 to 97.

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Events

Events

Check out our fun programs and exciting exhibits. Special annual events include the Bushwhacker Days festival, cemetery tours, "Night at the Museum" fundraiser, and quarterly guest speakers.

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Bushwhacker Days Festival

MORE information:  Bushwhacker Days Website June 9, 2018     ||     9:00am-4:00pm     ||     Historic Vernon County Jail & Sheriff’s House, 231 N. Main St., Nevada, MO The 54th Annual Bushwhacker Days festival takes place June 9, 2018. Living History venues this year will include The Farnum Family Bluegrass/ Gospel Band from Silver Dollar City, HH Cloggers from Lamar, […]

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The Bushwhacker Museum . . .
is designed to appeal to all ages, with an informal atmosphere and many interactive exhibits. Children seem to be especially fascinated by the Native American exhibits, and enjoy playing “school” in the old child-sized classroom.

With over 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Bushwhacker also caters to a wide range of interests. Exhibits include everything from prehistoric tools and fossils to antique medical instruments and women’s wedding finery. You will find Civil War artifacts, antique carriages, old handmade quilts, children’s toys, antique sidesaddles, early fire department memorabilia and so much more … Come take a stroll with us through Vernon County's past!

The Bushwhacker Jail . . .
is a rare example of prison facilities in the late nineteenth century. It is the oldest structure in Nevada, and one of the few buildings spared when Federal Militia burned Nevada to the ground in 1863. You can tour the beautifully restored jailer’s family quarters, step inside a grim, dark jail cell, or marvel at the graffiti in the old drunk tank. This is an unusual adventure for the entire family.