Museums & Historical Places

City of Hermann Caboose Museum

East First & Gutenberg Streets
Visitors will see interactive displays and exhibits telling the story of railroad history in Missouri and how railroads led to the westward expansion of the United States. A special exhibit commemorates The Great Railroad Bridge Collapse of 1855. Exterior renovation completed in 2019 and interior in 2020.

Deutschheim State Historic Site

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101 West Second Street
Through guided tours of historic houses, visitors can experience the daily life and traditions of German immigrants to Missouri in the mid-19th century. Visitors can also learn about the founding of Hermann, the German immigrants as abolitionists, and the wine industry in Hermann. The visitor center, built circa 1890 for Julius Hundhausen, a local retired vintner, offers exhibits and a gift shop.

The Pommer House is a substantial brick Neoclassical home built for Caroline Pommer in 1840. Two original Pommer pianos are on display in the workshop. The garden of the house is a living example of a German kitchen garden, with samples in ample supply in season.

The Strehly House, a more modest structure built in the 1840s, was owned and lived in by the same family for more than 100 years, and it retains its original appearance and functions. Visitors will see the publication site of the first German newspaper west of the Mississippi. The print shop houses a working Washington Press from the era.

Gasconade County Courthouse

119 East First Street
Dedicated on July 18, 1898, the Gasconade County Courthouse is thought to be one of the few courthouses in the United States built entirely with private funds. Hermann businessman, Charles Eitzen, bequeathed $50,000 to Gasconade County for construction and furnishing of a new courthouse. A statue of Eitzen is on display on the front lawn. Also on display on the grounds is the cannon used to defend Hermann in 1864 during the Civil War.  Interior murals by area artists depicting the history of Gasconade County were added in 1998. Open to the public during normal business hours.

Gasconade County Historical Society Archives & Records Center

315 Schiller Street
The Archives & Records Center is a one-stop facility for genealogical and general history research about Hermann and Gasconade County. The facility also carries many books for sale related to local and Missouri history. A statue of George Bayer, agent for the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia, stands in the courtyard.

Hermann Farm

526 East First Street
Hermann Farm engages the public in the story of Hermann’s historical significance through tours, classes, and cultural events. During tours, visitors learn about the history of Hermann, hear about the legacies of Charles Teubner, George Husmann, and Charles Manwaring, and get a taste of what it was like to live on a farm in Hermann during the mid-1800s. Tours make stops at the 1847 Teubner-Husmann home, the 12,000 square foot stone barn, and the 19th century Rasche homestead. Visitors are also treated to a visit with the farm’s Shire horses and a tasting at Black Shire Distillery.

Hermann Fire Company Museum

214 East Second Street
573-486-2148/314-608-1468 Bruce Cox, Curator

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In 1971, when Hermann Fire Company Station #2 was dedicated, volunteers salvaged and restored old fire equipment that had been stored in sheds throughout Hermann. This fine old equipment, among the oldest in the state, includes the hand pumpers Consequence (built in Hermann by a local blacksmith) and Washington and the Company’s first motorized vehicle, a 1935 Chevrolet quad truck, with its ladders, hose, pump, and water tank. Uniforms, trumpets, and usable drums dating to 1865 are also on display. In addition to the equipment, the department has maintained a set of records of all their meetings since the founding of the Fire Company in 1859 as well as the translations of the German records which were kept until 1939.

Historic Hermann Museum

312 Schiller Street

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The museum is housed in the German School building, which was constructed in 1871 and served as Hermann’s elementary school until 1955. The museum displays a diverse collection that reflects the history and heritage of the Hermann area and tells the story of “why and how” settlers immigrated to Hermann from the 1830s well into the 1900s. The town clock atop the museum has been operating continuously since 1890, and its works can be seen inside the museum.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH MUSEUM

197 Highway P
Starkenburg/Rhineland, MO 65069
Placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1982, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows attracts visitors of all denominations year round as well as for special pilgrimages. Its history dates to 1847 when the first people came to the area known as Rhineland or Loutre Island, along the Missouri River.  The area was soon to be named “Starkenburg” when a name was needed for a post office. St. Martin’s Church Museum, Valentine Hall, several grottoes, and outdoor Stations of the Cross are also located on the forty-acre property.

Stone Hill Winery

1110 Stone Hill Highway
Missouri’s oldest and highest awarded winery sits high on a hilltop with an impressive view of the town of Herman. Free, daily guided tours take visitors through the largest series of cellars in North America and showcase how award-winning wine is made. Wine tastings and a large gift shop with regional goods and artisanal treats await visitors. Visitors can explore the historic winery and cellars, taste award-winning wines, dine in the Vintage 1847 Restaurant, and relax while enjoying Stone Hill.

WHITE HOUSE HOTEL

232 Wharf Street
Fully restored to its 1886 Victorian grandeur, the White House Hotel is filled with period materials and furnishings, classic art pieces, and stunning antiques. Guests can step back to the golden years of the railroad and experience the luxury of the finest hotel on the line. A tour gives walking access to all available rooms on the four stories of the building along with displays in each room with stories and information about each space.

YE OLDE FIRE COMPANY AT ANTIQUES UNLIMITED

117 East Second Street
Home of Ye Olde Fire Company, specializing in firefighter memorabilia, including antique helmets, nozzles, badges, and more. Free viewing of the owner’s fire memorabilia collection.

Hermann City Parks

For information about park reservations, call the Hermann City Office at 573-486-5400. between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Upper City Park

Washington Street between West Ninth and West Eleventh Streets

Picnic in Hermann City Park with view of Rotunda and BandstandThe upper city park is home to the historic Rotunda building. An octagonal brick building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rotunda was built in 1864 by the Gasconade County Agricultural Association. The building was used as an exhibition hall for agricultural fairs and other community events. Its octagonal shape was traditional for barns in northern Germany but quite unusual for an exhibition hall.

Used in later years for dances, picnics, and musical shows, the Rotunda was restored in 2005 and is currently used for weddings, receptions, and other special events. The upper city park is also home to a bust of Hermann businessman  and philanthropist, Charles Eitzen, and the Bandstand, a reminder of Hermann’s musical heritage. Originally built in 1864 and rebuilt in the 1880s, the Bandstand was a common venue for musical entertainment. The most recent bandstand structure was completed in 2020.

A large picnic shelter with a stage is also located in the upper city park.

Lower Level City Park

Accessible from Mozart Street and Highway 100 at Gasconade Street
Lower level park facilities include a swimming pool, camping and RV sites, restrooms and showers, picnic shelters, tennis & pickle ball courts, basketball court, ball fields, and playground equipment. For information about park reservations, call the Hermann City Office at 573-486-5400. between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    • Harold A. Vohs RV Park Named in memory of a long-time Hermann resident, the RV park has 18 full hookup sites with asphalt parking and grass around each site. Most have fire rings; three are pull-throughs. Adjacent to bath house with showers and restrooms. Dump station.
    • Swimming Pool Parking Lot RV Park has 25 full hookup sites. Campers may use the bath house at the Harold A. Vohs RV Park.
    • Levee RV Park has eight electric-only sites located across from the levee and Frene Creek. Campers may use the bath house at the Harold A. Vohs RV Park.Reservations for RV parking are accepted for Friday and Saturday nights only, starting the last weekend in March and ending the third weekend in November. No reservations are taken for Sunday through Thursday nights. A drop box is located at the bath house.
    • Tent Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Drop box located at the bath house. Campers may use the bath house at the Harold A. Vohs RV Park. Group reservations may be made with a Special Event Application.

Dick Ochsner Ball Park

Lower City Park at Mozart between Ninth and Eleventh Streets
Named in honor of a former Hermann mayor, this ball field has bleacher seating, announcer’s box, fencing, dug outs, snack stand and restrooms.

George Johnson Park

Schiller Street at Wharf Street
A tiny, shaded pocket park with a picnic table and shelter, in memory of a Hermann resident.

Gerald Engemann Park & Hermann River Memorial

Market Street at First Street
A garden memorial to a Hermann area resident and a replica of a steamboat wheelhouse with photos and steamboat history.

Lion’s Field

Eighth Street between Washington and Mozart
Two ball fields with restrooms, small bleacher seating.

Hermann Platz

Market Street between First and Second Streets
Statue of Hermann/Arminius, the namesake of the City of Hermann. Garden and walking paths.

Riverfront Park

Between the railroad tracks and the Missouri River, enter from Wharf Street
Picnic tables and picnic shelter, public restrooms, a steamboat history marker, Lewis & Clark marker, and a boat landing. For information about park reservations, call the Hermann City Office at 573-486-5400. between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    • Tent Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Camping fee drop box located at the restrooms (open from 8 am to 8 pm) next to the park pavilion. Campers may use the bath house located at the Harold A. Vohs RV Park in the Lower City Park.
    • The Boat Ramp allows visitors to put in boats, kayaks, and canoes for adventures on the Missouri River.

Sesquicentennial Park

Gutenberg between Second and Third Streets
Shade & sun, swings, park bench, and a basketball court.

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

Market Street between Second and Third Streets
Memorial wall honoring Hermann World War II veterans, memorial bricks plaza honoring veterans from all branches of service, and green space.