Visitor Centers
in the Middle Mississippi River Valley
   
There is an abundance of visitor centers in the regions that greatriverroad.com covers where visitors can get up to date information, brochures and maps, and talk to friendly people about the area. The listings are in general geographical order from north to south.
   




 
Historic Nauvoo
Visitors' Center

350 N. Main Street
Nauvoo, IL
1-888-453-6434
  Stop by the Visitor’s Center before you begin your tour of historic Nauvoo. The Visitor's Center also provides information on activities and attractions in the surrounding area. Take time to explore the Monument to Women Garden while stopping at the Visitors Center. Within the garden area are statues depicting and celebrating women’s roles at every stage throughout life.

Hours (the Center is open later during the summer season)
     Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
     Sunday: 12:30 pm - 5 pm
A 24 hour information kiosk is located just south of Nauvoo on IL-96.
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Quincy Tourist
Information Cente
r
532 Gardner Expressway
Quincy, IL
217-214-3700
1-800-978-3700
  This comprehensive facility is run by the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau with information on the region. Located in the unique Villa Kathrine on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River near downtown Quincy.

Hours:
March - October
     Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
     Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

November - February
     Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
     Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm

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Hannibal Visitors Center  
505 N. Third Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-2477
1-866-263-4825
  This comprehensive facility is run by the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau with information on the region. Located near the riverfront in downtown Hannibal.

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily
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Missouri Tourist
Information Center
 
US Highway 61 South
Hannibal, MO
573-248-2420
  This comprehensive facility is run by the State of Missouri with information on the region and the state. Located south and west of downtown Hannibal.

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily
The Clarksville
Visitors Center
 
Highway 79
Clarksville, MO
573-242-3132
  Overlooking the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #24, this center offers information about the town, its history, and local attractions. Binoculars and spotting scopes are available during the winter for Bald Eagle watchers.

DUE TO FUNDING PROBLEMS THE CENTER IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
St. Charles Visitors Center  
230 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-946-7776
1-800-366-2427
  This comprehensive facility is run by the St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau with information on the region. Located near the riverfront in downtown Hannibal.

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
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Missouri Tourist
Information Center
 
I-270 at Riverview Drive
St. Louis, MO
314-869-7100
  This comprehensive facility is run by the State of Missouri with information on the region and the state. Located just west of the Mississippi River on I-270.

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily
 
Pere Marquette State
Park Visitor Center

Entrance to the Park,
west of Grafton, IL
618-786-3323
  Opened in 1997, this center has information on the Park and the region, a gift shop and historical, educational and nature exhibits.

Hours: 9 am - 3:30 pm

 
Grafton Visitors Center
950 E. Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-7000
  Located east of Grafton on Route 100 and the Vadalabene Bike Trail, the center is manned by friendly staff members who dispense information on a wide variety of topics in this new facility.

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
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Two Rivers National
Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center

4.5 miles west of the
Brussels Ferry
on County Road 1
Calhoun County, IL
618-786-3323
  Maintained by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, this facility dispenses environmental information. An observation deck with  long range binoculars is adjacent to the building.

Hours: 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday

 
Alton Visitors Center
200 Piasa Street
Alton, IL
1-800-258-6645
  This comprehensive facility is run by the Alton/Twin Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau with information on the region, St. Louis and Illinois. Located near the riverfront and the grain elevators.

Hours:
Monday - Friday : 8:30 am - 5 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays: 9 am - 3 pm
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Wood River Museum
& Visitors Center

40 W. Ferguson Avenue
Wood River
618-254-1993
  The Museum provides visitors historical and educational information about Wood River and seasonal displays highlighting specific periods and topics.

Hours:
Thursday:1 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Closed in January and February
Kimmswick
Visitor Center
 
314 Market Street
Kimmswick, MO
636-464-6464
  Located in the Maul House that was built in 1872, the Kimmswick Visitor Center is filled with information, brochures, souvenirs, public telephone, bottled water, sodas, and public restrooms.

Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
     Visit the center's website
 
Sainte Genevieve
Welcome Center

66 S. Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO
1-800-373-7007
or 573-883-7097
  A good starting point for your visit to the Ste. Genevieve region. Its Tourist Information Office has a walking tour video and area brochures. The Center hosts the Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery with many of his original sketches of Ste. Genevieve.

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily
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Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau  
400 Broadway, Suite 100
Cape Girardeau, MO
1-800-777-0068
or 573-334-6702
  Located in the H & H Building in downtown Cape Girardeau this visitors center has an informative staff and offers plenty of information about the surrounding area. A "Sites to See" audio CD with information on 33 of Cape Girardeau's most popular sites can be purchased for $5. A brochure rack is located in the lobby of the building that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
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Sikeston Convention
& Visitors Bureau
 
128 New Madrid Street
Sikeston, MO
1-888-309-6591
or 573-471-6262
  Located in Sikeston City Hall this visitors center is basically staffed by city employees who can direct you to the person who can answer your questions. The facility can also be accessed at 105 East Center Street.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 9 am – 4 pm
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Trail of Tears
Illinois Welcome Center
 
1-57 - Southern Illinois   This center has facilities located on both sides of I-57 at Mile Post 32 north of the Missouri border and has brochures, vending machines, and restrooms.
 
Mississippi County
Historical Museum

207 West Hale Avenue
Osceola, AR
870-281-7583
  While on the square in downtown Osceola, visitors should stop in at the Mississippi County Historical and Genealogical Society and its county museum housed in a 1902 and 1904 mercantile building. Visitors to the museum will find out when the Mississippi River froze, the story of the first cars in Osceola, why the railroad was started, even when lighting came to Osceola, or how the drainage was done to make the farming even better. The museum provides information for those who want to take a walking or driving tour of Osceola as well as brochures that inform visitors about the rich history of the area, including music, art, military, and politics.
   
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