Plan Your Getaway in Jefferson City

Take a ghost tour of the historic prison, explore a vibrant downtown, and visit the Missouri Museum at our storied Capitol.


March 24, 1911

Legislation was signed and bond issues awarded on this day for the building of our present Capitol Building.


From our Archive: The Missouri Murals

Explore Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri Murals.


January 16, 1833

Money was appropriated for the new state penitentiary in Jefferson City.


December 31, 1821

Governor McNair signed a bill that designated the site for the City of Jefferson, which was to become the capital city for Missouri.


Dodging Barges, Hallucinating, and Lost on the Big Muddy: Inside the MR340

Hundreds of paddlers from around the world will undertake the MR340 next year, a grueling 340-mile race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles. Get a taste for the adventure from these veteran competitors, and pick a point along the river to watch.


November 15, 1837

Missouri's new capitol building in Jefferson City caught fire. The fire was not extinguished for two days. It may have been caused by a cigar smoker in the building's library. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.


2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

You voted. We counted. Now you can discover some best-kept secrets and surprises around the state in eight different categories, such as culture, destinations, food, lore and legend, and more.


Missouri’s German Heritage

Geh und erforschel (go and explore) Missouri's German Heritage with a new book by W. Arthur Mehrhoff and published by Missouri Life Inc.


August 26, 1854

The steamship Timour exploded at Jefferson City killing almost everyone on board.