Covid-19 Update

We are happy to report the museum is once again open to visitors. There are a few CDC restrictions. We are limited to 20 visitors in the building at one time. Social distancing rules apply. Visitors need to follow the 6 foot distance rule. Please keep 6 feet between you or your family and other families visiting the museum. To help you have a better experience the museum will reserve time slots for visitors. Reservations are not required. Visitors who do not reserve a time slot will be admitted to the museum on a first come first served basis until the maximum building capacity is reached. After the maximum capacity is reached visitors will be asked to wait in their vehicles until current visitors exit the building.
Phone ahead to reserve your time slot to visit or for additional information or questions. 573-238-1174 or email:



Mr. Paul Corbin would never say he was famous.

He enjoyed working hard in his businesses but possibly

enjoyed his avocation more.

One friend called him the “Indiana Jones” of Southeast Missouri.


Paul spent much of his life discovering Native American artifacts

that were plentiful in our region.

He traveled to the American Southwest for digs and also spent a

lot of time at Wickliffe and (Illinois) digging up history.


One of his most important discoveries was the artifacts from the

Peter Bess settlement near Brownwood in southern Bollinger County.

These artifacts were showcased by Chapman in his

“Archeology of Missouri” book.


The Peter Bess settlement was the largest archeological dig in our area

and gave us a glimpse into the ceremonies of the early Missourians.

Covid-19 Update

The museum is  temporarily closed to the public to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Our First Blog Article

Welcome to the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History Website Blog!  We don’t have any stories to share yet but we will be working on adding some soon.  In the meantime we hope you enjoy the rest of the website and feel free to reach out and contact us if you have any questions.  Thanks!