The center, located inside a retired Burlington Northern caboose, can be found on the west side of the McDonald's restaurant in Thayer.
Funded by the Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce, the center offers Missouri state maps, Missouri vacation planners, Branson vacation planners, Missouri state park brochures, camping, canoeing and boating brochures, a brochure highlighting the many beautiful springs, falls, mills and riverways in Oregon County, and cards and information featuring the Grand Gulf State Park.
A display box containing rocks and minerals found in Missouri is a popular new hands-on exhibit at the center.
Souvenir hunters will find Thayer and Missouri postcards, key-rings, magnets, collector thimbles, spoons and shot glasses.
New this year are T--shirts for both children and adults. Several locally made souvenirs -- including necklaces, cookbooks, handmade note cards and CDs by local artists -- are also available for purchase at the center.
The center and museum not only serve tourists and visitors to the area, but also serve community members and those considering relocating to the area.
The 2009 season was a record year, bringing in over 5,000 visitors to the center and museum. Since March 1, the visitor count is past 650. With the record breaking count set on April 20, the center anticipates welcoming more than 10,000 visitors for the 2010 season.