See & Do

You’ll always feel right at home in St. Joseph, Missouri

Museums

Agency Ford Museum

This museum, in a former school reflecting the rural classroom experience. The museum also documents the history of Agency, from the 1836 Platte Purchase to the present. After the Platte Purchase, Agency Ford was a thriving community, but, slowly, flooding caused the town to nearly vanish.

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

The Albrecht-Kemper houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century art in the midwest with over 3000 works. Art classes for children and adults offered throughout the year. Meeting and dining facilities available.

The Pony Express and Jesse James

St. Joseph is where the Pony Express began and Jesse James was killed on the very same date, April 3, exactly 22 years apart. 

Buchanan County Courthouse

The Buchanan County Courthouse is a rare example of courthouse design from the late 1800's period of architectural history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was here that the Ford brothers were tried for the murder of Jesse James.

Fort Smith Park

Fort Smith, named after Colonel Robert F. Smith, was erected in late September 1861 as a safeguard against conflicting armies battling on either side of the state line. With the strong possibility of battles reaching St. Joseph, Colonel Smith stood ready with his 2,500 troops and 12 cannon poised atop the newly created fortification on Prospect Hill. However the conflict was averted and by the spring of 1862, the Union troops at Fort Smith were downsized.

The fort was re-discovered in 2003. Amenities at Fort Smith Park include 3 full-scale authentic reproduction cannons, restored redoubts, a lookout point, period flags, informative signage, and an ordnance shed displaying illustrations of various types of artillery shells used in the conflict. The fort is a passive park, where visitors can come, relax, picnic and see a wonderful view of the city and beyond.

Fort Smith is open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week, April 16th - October 14th
Closed October 15-April 15th

Glore Psychiatric Museum

The Glore Psychiatric Museum chronicles the 130-year history of what was once known as the “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2.” The Museum uses full-sized replicas, interactive displays, audio-visuals, artifacts, and documents to illustrate the history of the treatment of mental illness.

Jesse James Home Museum

Located around the corner from the Patee House Museum on 12th Street, the Jesse James Home is the location at which infamous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed on April 3, 1882.

Missouri Theatre

A renovated 1927 movie palace serves as center for the arts. The theater, which seats 1,200, is decorated in a pre-Persian motif. A true architectural gem.

Mount Mora Cemetery

Mount Mora Cemetery, established in 1851, is the oldest operating cemetery in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is an interpretive site of The St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

National Military Heritage Museum

The National Military Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the military heritage of the United States Armed Forces and those who served on the home front. Exhibits depict the history of military service abroad and at home both during war and between wars.

 

Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society Library

The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society and Library was formed in 1979 as a non-profit, educational organization. The library is a great resource to assist those doing family research.

Patee House Museum

St. Joseph is known for the start of the Pony Express and the end of Jesse James, and Patee House played a role in both. Patee House is St. Joseph's only National Historic Landmark. It has been listed by True West magazine as one of America's Top 10 Western Museums in 2008, and it is one of 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die.

Pony Express National Museum

On April 3, 1860, at 7:15 pm, a lone rider left on horseback from the gates of one of the nation’s most historic landmarks, the Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri. Carrying saddlebags filled with our nations hopes and dreams, the riders traveled 2000 miles west to Sacramento, California.

Remington Nature Center

The Remington Nature Center provides a unique experience in NW Missouri. Entering the doors allows you to travel through time and experience how much this part of the United States has changed throughout history.

Robidoux Row Museum

A series of connected houses was built in the late 1840's by city founder, Joseph Robidoux. This museum includes the restoration of Robidoux's personal quarters, furnishings and some of his belongings.

St. Joseph Museum

The St. Joseph Museum is the oldest of the four museums in the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. system, beginning in 1927 as the Children’s Museums of St. Joseph. Traditionally, it has been dedicated to the cultural and natural history of St. Joseph.

The Black Archives Museum

The Black Archives Museum features exhibits on such topics as the Underground Railroad, the Middle Passage, Desegregation, Education, Sports, and other aspects of African-American history in St. Joseph.

The St. Joseph Fire Museum

Did you know that the St. Joseph Fire Department was one of the first (some say the first!) in the country to implement the fire pole?  You can see that and more at the St. Joseph Fire Museum. 

Walter Cronkite Memorial

The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program.

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

St. Joseph is known for its quantity of beautiful mansions built around the turn of the century, and the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at the corner of Eleventh and Charles Streets is a prime example. This 1879 Gothic sandstone mansion illustrates the cultural, architectural, and economic history of 19th century St. Joseph.