Econo Lodge at Thousand Hills
230 S. Wildwood Dr.
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 336-4849
Fax: (417) 336-4862
Arts & Museums
Tucked in among the various businesses at Grand Village Shops, this wonderful art gallery is a great place to stop while in Branson. The gallery deals exclusively in the works of Thomas Kincade. Collectors worldwide seek the work of this artist, whose artwork depicts landscape scenes from various corners of the world in lovely muted tones. Kincade shows a great sense of light in his paintings. You will be the envy of the neighborhood if you hang one of these lovely landscapes in your house.
The odd and unusual displays inside this museum are not the only thing that draws visitors. The building itself is one of the weirdest buildings in the world. Why? Because it is cracked. It was built this way to represent the strongest earthquake in the United States, which occurred in 1812 here in Missouri. Inside, you will find displays of the weird and unusual findings of Robert Ripley, who scoured the world for strange places, people and events. Some exhibits include shrunken heads and large Transformer replicas; there are eight galleries with over 500 bizarre artifacts, a great and weird way to spend the day.
Located at the Craft Mall , this Branson shop offers the wonderful art of local artists. In the gallery, you will see silver engravings, color engravings and pencil drawings. In many of the pieces, the artist depicts subjects found in nature such as wildlife and flowers. The gallery also offers a fine selection of handcrafted frames.
This car museum showcases the vehicles from celebrities themselves as well as those featured in different movies over the decades. From the the 1966 Chrysler Imperial seen in the 'Green Hornet' TV show to the Beatles Yellow Submarine from the same year, there is plenty of nostalgia here. However, not all of the celebrity cars on display were those owned by Hollywood elites, in fact Winston Churchill's 1939 Safari Wagon and President Truman's Lincoln are also prominently exhibited here. For more information, including auctioned vehicles, check the website or call museum.
This toy museum will resurrect the childhood of anybody. The museum houses more toys than you could possibly imagine, from tin toys and matchbox cars to action figures and trains, the amount is overwhelming until you eventually find your favorite toy and can finally end your quest. After your walk down memory lane, there are plenty of different toys for both boys and girls to buy at the shop in order to give as gifts. Check out their website for a sample of their exhibits.
This museum is located in the center of Branson amid the bright lights and flashy country singers, but inside it's a somber reminder of the American lives lost in the horrors of war. You will be able to read letters sent home by WWII prisoners-of-war as well as view photographs taken in the heat of the battle. There are also beautiful murals that depict tragic scenes of war and humility. Outside, you will be impressed with the giant sculpture of 50 soldiers running up a beach. This is one patriotic stop in Branson you will not want to miss.
Just outside of Branson at the College of the Ozarks, you will discover one of the best local collections of Ozarkian memorabilia around. This three-story building, which was once a men's dormitory, now houses antiques and fine arts along with objects representing the region's history, archeology, environment, numismatics, geology and mineralogy. Ralph D. Foster, who was an avid gun collector, donated the majority of the collection. While you are here, don't forget to check out Pancho Villa's gun.
This 9,000 square-foot, glasshouse garden was initially developed for scientific study of the order Lepidoptera, or butterflies to laypersons. However, over the years, a commercial-educational adventure emerged and the palace was born. Inside the building, you will find a number of bright, aromatic flowering plants known to attract butterflies and this man-made ecosystem has more than a thousand of the colorful flying critters. The palace has exhibits throughout the greenhouse that describe interesting facts about the butterflies, including how their life cycle works. Visitors can also watch a documentary, explore the Living Rainforest Science Center or find your way through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and winding Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure.
This experience is one of two (the other in Pigeon Forge, TN) Titanic exhibits which take you back to that voyage on that fateful April night. Inside the museum, there is a large scale reproduction of the Grand Staircase, an 18-foot model of the ship, and galleries full of historical treasures in which there are more than 400 actual artifacts from crew and passengers alike. The museum is very interactive, where you can touch an iceberg and feel exactly how cold the 28-degree water was or shovel some coal into a mock boiler.
This museum is run under the auspices of the White River Valley Historical Society and it features the history and memorabilia from this part of the Ozarks. The museum is small and the curators present rotating exhibits as well as some permanent artifacts and historical documents about the 100-plus years of the town's existence. Additionally, there is a short six minute video which details more about the history of the 'Live Entertainment Capital of the World.' Admission is free, however donations are greatly appreciated.
Grab your phone and join A-listers for pictures to post to your online photo account! From Lucille Ball and John Wayne to Johnny Depp and Will Smith, you'll rub elbows with the stars—caught in the act of performing the most famous scenes in entertainment history. Skip down the Yellow Brick Road, sail aboard the Titanic, encounter Frankenstein, and lots more. The new additions are the world's first 5D ride and the Maze of Mirrors and on your way out, don't forget to take your photo with the gargantuan King Kong atop the Empire State Building!