Wilson's Creek National Battlefield existing Visitors Center is closed through the summer of 2020 as work to renovate the 1988 structure is underway.
Renovations will provide visitors with access to new exhibits of the finest collections representing the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. The museum exhibits and the Hulston Library are currently not available to the public, but will be reopened after the construction period ends. During the construction period, library staff will continue to offer limited research assistance during the construction period.
During this construction period a temporary contact station has been installed. The tour road and the battleground will remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contact station will provide a temporary location where visitors can obtain information, ask questions and view the park’s film. Eastern National, the park’s bookstore, will remain open and located in the temporary Visitors Center. A small sales area and temporary restrooms are also available.
“I thank our visitors and library patrons for their understanding during this construction period. I know the best years of the park are ahead of us and we ask for your patience during this time,” says Superintendent Ted Hillmer.
Winter hours of operation for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield began Monday. The temporary visitors center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The tour road hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The tour road is open only to non-vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield preserves the site of the first major engagement of the Civil War in the West. The site is considered to be one of the best-preserved battlefields in the National Park System. The battlefield is located 10-miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of Highway ZZ and Farm Road 182. More information can be obtained by calling (417) 732-2662.