Welcome to the Harlin Museum

The Harlin Museum is dedicated to preserving the Ozarks’ rich cultural heritage and the patronage of our innovative present-day regional art scene.

We house items of cultural and historical interest significant to the area known as the Ozarks, which is located in the topographical region of the North American United States known as the Ozark Plateau. We also host a variety of competitive art shows, special historical exhibits, artisan workshops, and community events throughout the calendar year.

The Harlin Museum is located in West Plains, Missouri, the county seat of a mid-size, midwestern town in the center of southern MO known for its small-town charm, Historic Courthouse Square district, the nearby Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and the Mark Twain National Forest park system. 

The museum’s collection includes:

  • the Lennis L. Broadfoot collection; the most complete collection of art by the accomplished Shannon County, MO artist. Broadfoot is best known as the artist who immortalized the often enigmatic people, places, and traditions of the turn-of-the-century Ozarks region, in multiple mediums, while also offering a first-hand narrative in the writings that frequently accompanied his works.
  • artifacts of the area’s early settlers including a buckboard wagon w/ original harnesses and saddles sold at Aid’s Hardware on West Plains’ Historic Downtown Square
  • items significant to the area’s original Native American tribes 
  • military artifacts from WWI & the American Civil War; art depicting local skirmishes & photographs of local militia units
  • objects that survived the mysterious & tragic West Plains Dance Hall Explosion of 1928 and original newspaper coverage of the event
  • displays honoring area celebrities such as Missouri Sports Hall of Fame baseball player Preacher Roe, Country Music Hall of Fame’s singer/songwriter Porter Wagoner, and Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard

2023 Harlin Museum Event Calendar 

January 13th – February 5th: Harlin Museum’s Annual Fiber & Textile Arts Competition Show

February 10th – March 5th: Harlin Museum’s Annual High School Art Show Competition/Young Artist Showcase

March 10th – April 2nd: Feature Artist Show: MIND GAMES by Craig Grassle

April 7th -April 30th: Harlin Museum’s Annual Spring Art Show Competition 

May 5th – May 28th: Harlin Museum’s Annual Photography Show Competition 

June 2nd – September 3rd: Ozark Heritage Exhibit featuring the L.L. Broadfoot Collection 

September 8th – October 1st: Our Ozarks In Art Multimedia Art Show (Theme: TBD)

October 6th – October 29th: Harlin Museum’s 48th Annual Fall Art Show Competition 

for a more in-depth list of our upcoming events please visit our EVENT CALENDAR page.


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You can also follow our Facebook Page for up-to-date museum info and art news at https://www.facebook.com/HarlinMuseumWP/

Take a look at our MUSEUM NEWS page for the most recent goings-on at the museum, including announcements about upcoming art shows, regional history exhibits, show competitions, and instructional workshops.

Stop by the museum to browse items in our museum gift shop that include unique art, books (including copies of L.L. Broadfoot’s Pioneers of the Ozarks), jewelry, & stationary gifts or souvenirs. The gift shop area is located on the main level of the Hathcock Gallery.

And, remember, we also sell art! Competition show pieces listed for sale benefit both the artist and the museum, which keeps a small percentage of artists’ sales for museum maintenance and operation. The museum is a non-profit entity supported entirely by public donations and the sale of artist wares. If you would like to donate to the museum, please contact the docent desk at (417) 256-7801 or email us at .

Group tours are welcome; please contact the museum for more info.

Antique Phonograph, Hand-Woven Hand-Dyed Textiles, & the Broadfoot Collection on display for the annual Ozark Heritage exhibit.
A painting by Lennis Broadfoot depicting the Pioneer Ozarks of his time.
A Lost Arts: Basket-Weaving workshop in the Harlin’s lower level classroom area.
The Boys & Girls Club of West Plains volunteers to help move an authentic johnboat during setup for the Welcome To The Wilderness exhibit at the museum.


The Hathcock Gallery addition was named after longtime museum board member & president, Roy Hathcock.
You can find the museum just off the historic downtown square on Worcester Ave., one of West Plains oldest streets.