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Branson Arts and Culture - Live Music, Museums, and Spiritual Sites

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Music is the cornerstone of Branson, and its more than 50 theaters prove it. All along the strip, music halls beckon visitors with bright signs and world-class acts. The city’s myriad museums celebrate both American history and pop culture, while Branson’s deep religious roots are reflected in spiritual venues that offer solace as well as architectural magnificence.

Theaters

 

With a schedule that regularly includes beloved singers of yesteryear, music cover bands, a cappella groups, and family-friendly comedians, there’s never a shortage of daily entertainment to be found in Branson. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll appreciate that there are pre-noon showtimes, which means you can pack multiple activities in one day.

 

The Dutton Family Theater Complex

 

The Duttons, a multi-instrumental, generation-spanning family act, have become one of Branson’s biggest live attractions. They play a variety of musical genres ranging from bluegrass to classical, and use assorted instruments including the harmonica and banjo.

 

3454 West 76 Country Boulevard, Branson 65616Tel: +1 417 332 2772

 

The Dutton Family Theater Complex website

 

Clay Cooper Theatre

 

Once owned by the famous Osmond family, Clay Cooper’s venue features music, dance, and comedic performances. The theater also showcases cover bands and touring acts.

 

3216 West Highway 76, Branson 65616. Tel: +1 417 332 2529

 

Clay Cooper Theatre website

Museums

 

At the heart of Branson lies a deep reverence for faith, fellowship, and national honor. Just as most of the music acts in town include a touch of gospel and patriotic pride, that same spirit shines through in the objects on display in the city’s many museums. From the momentous to the curious, you are sure to find something that will delight and fascinate you.

 

Veterans Memorial Museum

 

This solemn museum comprises a collection of uniforms, vehicles, and weaponry used in the 20th century wars America fought in. A standout feature of the museum is a large-scale bronze statue depicting a group of WWII soldiers.

 

1250 West 76 Country Music Boulevard, Branson 65616. Tel: +1 417 336 2300

 

Veterans Memorial Museum website

 

Celebrity Car Museum & Attraction

 

Motor and movie fans alike will love this museum that features 90 famous automobiles. Displays change regularly, and past exhibits have included Batman’s Batmobile and the Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard.

 

1600 West Highway 76, Suite A, Branson 65616. Tel: +1 417 239 1644

 

Celebrity Car Museum & Attraction website

 

Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum, and Homestead

 

A 10-minute drive north of the city center, Bonniebrook is a recreation of artist Rose O’Neill’s 1900 Ozark mansion. Admission to the house and picturesque grounds also gives guests access to an art gallery and Kewpie Doll Museum.

 

485 Rose O’Neill Road, Walnut Shade 65771. Tel: +1 417 561 1509

 

Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum, and Homestead website

 

Opera and classical music

 

In Branson, you’ll easily find venues pumping out country, bluegrass, gospel, and pop tunes, but if you drive less than 1 hour up the US-65 N to Springfield you’ll find some of the state's best opera and classical music. If you don’t have your own car, many of the state’s touring companies make this a regular stop on their trips, thus making an operatic experience easily accessible.

 

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

 

A 45-minute drive north of Branson takes you to Hammons Hall. Located on the campus of Missouri State University, it regularly hosts the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, as well as classical, jazz, and Broadway productions.

 

525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield 65806. Tel: +1 417 836 7678

 

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts website

 

Religious sites

 

Religion plays a large role in the lives of most of Branson’s habitants, and you’ll find varying houses of worship scattered across the city. In addition to providing a place for visitors to worship, they also offer artistic inspiration through the beauty of their architecture and antique elements. Visitors of different faiths are openly welcome, as are non-members of the congregation and tourists.

 

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

 

Our Lady of the Lake's engaging design features streamlined pitched wood ceilings and large windows. This elegant and bright church holds regular mass services every day except Fridays.

 

203 Vaughn Rd., Branson 65616. Tel: +1 417 334 2928

 

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church website