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Springfield’s History Museum on the Square Voted America’s Best New Attraction

USA Today has named Springfield’s History Museum on the Square as America’s #1 Best New Attraction after a nationwide vote.

According to a release, the History Museum on the Square beat out 19 other candidates in the 10Best Reader’s Choice Award poll. Other attractions included theme parks, performance and art venues. The site’s editors chose the 20 attractions to be voted on, and participants voted to choose the top ten in December. 10Best is part of USA Today’s travel section.

Krista Adams is the director of development for the museum.

“We’re just so excited," Adams told KSMU. "It just shows the rest of the community and the rest of the nation what we already knew, that we have a great facility here in downtown Springfield. And we’re just so excited for people to come and visit History Museum on the Square.”

The newly renovated museum offers six permanent galleries, including Native American culture of the Ozarks, the founding of Springfield, the Civil War in Springfield, and the birthplace of Route 66.

To celebrate, the History Museum on the Square will be offering half-price admission this Saturday and Sunday (January 11 & 12).

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.