Precious Moments in Carthage Missouri

Southwest Missouri is home to the Precious Moments Park and Chapel located in Carthage, Missouri.

The chapel is inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Rome. Designed and constructed by Precious Moments creator, Samuel J. Butcher.

Samuel J. Butcher, painted every picture in the chapel as his way of sharing the joy of his faith. Photo Jeff Hobson

Visit to the world’s largest Precious Moments Gift Shoppe with the most complete selection of Precious Moments gifts, apparel and accessories. Find baby giftware, wedding accessories and a year round Christmas Shoppe with a variety of ornaments and other decorations.

Details: Precious Moments Park and Chapel, 4321 S Chapel Road, Carthage, MO 64836,

Precious Moments Chapel hours of operation
Seasonal hours during January and February 2012:
Chapel and Gift Shop: 10:00am – 4:00pm Daily;
FREE Chapel Tours hourly
Regular operating hours (March 1 – November 1):
Chapel and Gift Shop:   9:00am – 5:00pm-Daily
Extended Holiday Hours, November 2 thru December 22
Chapel & Gift Shoppe: 9:00am – 5:00pm Sun – Th
9:00am – 8:00pm Fri – Sat
We will close at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve, December 24
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Contact: Precious Moments Chapel or, call 1-800-543-7975.

Make your visit to the Official Precious Moments Site part of an Ozarks getaway.

Precious Moments miners work away in vignettes staged through out the park and gift shop. Photo PBH.

Include some of these suggestions in your stay:

Take the Victorian Driving Tour, catch a Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, join in on the Saturday wine-makers dinners.

Victorian Homes Driving Tour: one of the state’s largest historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. The driving tour is a liesurely self-guided tour of region’s most architecturally significant residences. During the mining boom, Carthage had more millionaires per capita than any other city in America. The families left the town with a legacy of architectural marvels that comprise some of the largest historic districts in the state of Missouri. Carthage has four historic districts with over 550 buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Free.

Carthage has several historic Route 66 landmarks including a 66 Drive-In Theatre, drive down memory lane on a stretch of the first concrete-paved portions of Missouri’s Route 66.

66 Drive In Theatre – the last of the original six drive-in theatres named after the famous Mother Road. Bring the kids and grandkids to a double feature Fri-Sun, April-September complete with snack stand and playground for complete family fun. Only G, PG, and PG-13 movies are shown.

Details: 17321 Old 66 Blvd, Phone: 417-359-5959. Adults $7.00, Children 12 to Car seat $3.00, In A Car Seat Free Call 417-359-5959  for movies and showtimes. Movies begin at dusk.

The Battle of Carthage was the earliest full-scale battle of the Civil War, preceding Bull Run by 11 days. Photo: Dept of Natural Resources

Civil War buffs must see The Battle of Carthage State Historic Site  and the Civil War Museum.

Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau, 402 South Garrison Avenue, Carthage, MO 64836, phone: (417) 359-8181. Carthage Visitors Guide

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