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Uniquely Columbia

Every Wednesday night, the skies above Columbia open up. No, we don’t promise rain every Wednesday, but from 8:00-10:00 p.m., the Central Missouri Astronomical Association is on hand at Laws Observatory at the University of Missouri campus to give you a look at the wonder of the night sky.

You’re just steps away from space!

The Observatory is home to a Celestron Scmidt Cassagrain telescope and experts are on hand to help you identify what you’re seeing.

Just what am I looking at?

In addition to their Wednesday night openings, Laws Observatory is also open during special celestial events including meteor showers, comets and appearances of planets. Don’t miss out on this Uniquely Columbia learning experience!

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The opens in a new windowMissouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is truly a historical treasure. Sitting proudly on 9th Street, the theatre has been hosting world renowned talent for nearly 100 years. Originally a vaudeville theatre, the Missouri Theatre has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and is a must see on your next visit to Columbia.

Stage at the Missouri Theater

The gorgeous interior pairs perfectly with the amazing talent that graces the stage throughout the year. In addition to performances by the opens in a new windowMissouri Symphony Society, the opens in a new windowUniversity of Missouri Concert Series also holds performances there, with guests ranging from violinists to comedians.

Not only is the theatre stunning, but the lobby and upstairs reception area also feature beautiful art and lovingly restored features. You can also stop in to the adjoining opens in a new windowColumbia Art League Gallery, which has rotating shows with local, regional and national artists displaying their work. Don’t miss out on this gem right in the middle of downtown Columbia on your next visit.

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A local favorite for decades, the opens in a new windowShelter Insurance Gardens are a must-see on your next visit to Columbia. A beautiful oasis in the bustle of Columbia, Shelter Gardens is an unexpected haven for locals and visitors.

Shelter Gardens waterfall

Open year-round with the exception of Christmas day, Shelter Gardens is free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The three acre spot is home to over 300 varieties of trees and 15,000 annuals and perennials. Other unique features include a garden for the blind full of scented vegetation, a rock garden, a beautiful waterfall and a replica 19th century one room schoolhouse.

Shelter gardens schoolhouse

On select Sunday evenings in the Summer, guests can enjoy free concerts in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair and listen to local musical acts ranging from jazz to polka at the garden’s gazebo.

Shelter Gardens is a beautiful escape from the hustle of the everyday. So grab a book and a picnic and spend a tranquil afternoon in this Uniquely Columbia setting.

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