The Dexter Welcome Center Depot/Museum was built in 1918 and was restored through a joint effort of the City of Dexter, the Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Museum in 2010.  The Museum portion is dedicated to preserving the history of Dexter through displays of photos, journals, clothing, and artifacts of the people, organizations, churches and businesses of the past.  Dexter was founded in 1873 by the railroad.  The town was laid out by the railroad and lots were sold on July 4, 1873, thus, the railroad has played a very important part in our history.  One notable collection on display is “Evans Pottery,” unique pottery made from native clay by an artisan also native to the area.  “Dexter – A Pictorial History,” a hardbound book depicting all aspects of Dexter’s history through text and photos, can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $15. They also have merchandise for purchase that include hats, shirts, postcards, stickers, and cups.  Also available are brochures and maps of the community and the area.  A model train display is on site with references to land marks in the downtown and surrounding area.


For More Information:

Denita Shipman

Address:  10 W. South Main Street, Dexter, Missouri
Email Denita
Phone:  (573) 614-5131


Rental Information:

Would You Like To Rent The Facility?
1 Day Depot Rental – $75. per day
Additional Days – $25. per day
Caboose Only Rental – $30. per day
Caboose And Depot – $100. per day
Welcome Center Seats Up To 40 People



Business Hours:

Tuesday – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.

After Hours:
Leave A Message  (573)-614-5131 

Admission is FREE To The Public