A two-page brochure leads visitors on a self-guided tour down the winding walks of the Mizzou grounds for peeks at historical spots. Starting at Jesse Hall, the centerpiece of the campus, the map directs visitors past 27 redbrick and limestone buildings. The brochure provides a brief description of each site, as well as a summary of what guests can see inside; you can go in if the buildings are open (though not all were when we took the walk). It’s worth tacking on an hour or two to explore the exhibits of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Among the 10 points of interest indicated, the Columns, the Beetle Bailey Sculpture and the lions in the journalism building archway all make great photo ops. But it’s not all art and architecture. Look to the flowerbeds as you walk along to learn about the plants in this botanical garden. And you’ll definitely want to time your walk for when Buck’s Ice Cream is open to taste the university’s famous Tiger Stripe flavor.
The historical walking tour map and brochure is available in the visitor relations office, or print one off the school’s website.