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Jesse James Birthplace Museum

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Address: 21216 Jesse James Farm Rd, Kearney, MO 64060-9343
Phone Number: +1 816-736-8500
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in...

Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri, in 1847. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank, into the Civil War. While Frank was a member of Quantrill’s guerillas, Jesse rode with Bloody Bill Anderson. When the war ended, Jesse returned home and joined other former Confederate guerillas in a life of outlawry. Jesse’s boldness and flamboyance as a bank and train robber, combined with sensational publicity from newspapers and dime novels, soon made his a household name. A tour through the restored home will take visitors back to where the legend began. Before walking the trail to the farmhouse, a twenty minute movie recaps the history of Frank and Jesse James and exploits of the outlaws. The museum displays the world’s largest collection of James family artifacts. Jesse’s boots and Frank’s surrender letter tend to captivate visitors. Guests then follow the paved winding trail to the farmhouse and walk along the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. In the yard of the family home is Jesse’s original burial site, the place where his mother once sold souvenir rocks from his grave for twenty five cents. Upon completion of the tour guests will want to browse the museum's gift shop. A wide variety of books relating to the period are available as well as t-shirts, mugs, and many other souvenir keepsakes. The Jesse James Farm and Museum is owned and operated by the Department of Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites and Tourism.

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Authentic Piece Of The Old West

It you like anything about Old West history or gunslingers, this is a must. Farm where Jesse James grew up .Authentic place, House has preservation boards on, but they leave open... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It you like anything about Old West history or gunslingers, this is a must. Farm where Jesse James grew up .Authentic place, House has preservation boards on, but they leave open a section so you can see the actual materials. The museum has a lot of stuff of Jesse James actual stuff, guns, boots, etc. There is also a movie... More 

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Springfield, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are more books and movies about Jesse James than any other western outlaw (Billy the Kid is a close second). I took the tour during a road trip with my son. We found the staff to be very informative and it was great to see and walk on the actual ground the family owned and lived on. Anyone that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I came out to western Missouri specifically to visit historical sites associated with the James gang and was not disappointed. I found the museum and tour of the old James home fascinating. There is a short film they show to give you an overview and then you can browse the museum that includes lots of family artifacts and things to... More 

Apple Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were in KC on a Monday and had the day all planned out, only to find our visits were all closed on Mondays. Looking for something to do, we saw an article that said this place was a "Must See" attraction. And they were right. The price was just $8.50, $7.50 with our AAA card. for that nominal price,... More 

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Warrensburg, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you like history you will like to learn more about the James family. This is a small museum but pleasantly surprising.

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Essington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum while travelling the Route 66 ,This is a must visit it's only a small museum but very surprising ,we was made very welcome small gift shop inside the museum itself was very informative loved reading about Jessie James life located off 66 route easy to find

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

1. House was DIS -MANTLED AND MOVED. NOT ON ORIGINAL LOCATION. 2. The STATE/ PARK EMPLOYEES and Treasure hunters were allowed to dig wherever on property. THE tour guides are SO IGNORANT, UNINFORMED and so UNAWARE of the history it's a Waste of one's time, travel and money ! A trip to the library and or internet would be well... More 

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Emily D, Manager at Jesse James Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

The Jesse James Birthplace and Museum is located in Kearney, Missouri. Jesse's parents purchased the farm and cabin in the 1840s. The house has never been moved. Possibly you are thinking of the house in St. Joseph where Jesse was killed. It was moved three times and now sits on the grounds of the Patte House Museum. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We take out of town guests here all the time. The museum provides a balanced account of a tumultuous time in our country's history. Many folks are not aware of the border wars and how contentious it was here in the years before and after the civil war. It's worth the trip to Kearney.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Visiting the home of the James brothers provided a very different picture of their lives and the times in which they lived.as have been presented by movies or T.V. This visit corrected many of the mistakes put forth as truth in the media. ..Even the most recent "The American West" was very inaccurate which I learned from listening and learning... More 

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This historic site in Kearney MO is well worth the trip. Unlike so many places that pull you in and then try to sell you a bunch of trinkets and worthless junk, this is the real deal. I have been here on 3 occasions with the first stop back in the late 70s. Some things have changed since then and... More 

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