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Jesse James Birthplace Museum

21216 Jesse James Farm Rd, Kearney, MO 64060-9343
+1 816-736-8500
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A must see

I especially planned my trip with a side visit to this museum. I love history and I knew what I... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
Ironton, Missouri
Informative visit

We stopped to tour the museum and farm, as we were interested in learning a bit more about the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Norwich, Connecticut
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
21216 Jesse James Farm Rd, Kearney, MO 64060-9343
+1 816-736-8500

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

I especially planned my trip with a side visit to this museum. I love history and I knew what I thought quite a few facts about Jesse James but I learned a lot more. The film was informative and the tour of the farmhouse was...More

Thank risher70
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped to tour the museum and farm, as we were interested in learning a bit more about the James brothers. The house tour was interesting, which is decorated as it would have been, and we go to hear some of the stories about the...More

Thank nutsgoalie
Reviewed 28 September 2017

When I visited this place I think I could feel Jesse James spirit. The size of the house was unbelievably small...

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Very well done museum, very informative and cabin was really interesting! Tour lady gave us a good tour and answered lots of questions. We were allowed to walk through the grounds to view other buildings and points of interest on the farm after the tour....More

Thank ChristineChughes
Reviewed 18 September 2017

My husband and I are traveling from Glendale AZ. This stop was well worth the time and cost, $6.50 per senior. This piece of history was made real to us. The souvenir items were a bit pricey! But the film was informative, the tour was...More

Thank Marsha L
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I've been going to Kearney my entire life. My grandmother took me there to visit relatives who were still farming the land (my English g.g.grandparents settled there in the 1870's) & to visit family who occupied land at Fairview & Mt Olivet cemeteries. My, how...More

1  Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

On the way home from seeing John Wayne's Museum, we visited Jesse James home and Museum. We have seen all the movies, but now feel we have known the Real Jesse James and Family. Authentic articles and stories lead to understanding that the war and...More

1  Thank cjbookin
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Visited friends in Kearney, MO. And went to the Jesse James Farm more out of curiosity than anything. What I found was an interesting video about the James family history, a museum with artifacts returned by the James heirs, and a very interesting tour of...More

Thank Lanell C
Reviewed 24 June 2017

I have been interested in the life of Jesse James for well over 50 years, and have always wanted to visit his birthplace. The tour was worth the wait! There are many fantastic historical items on display in the museum: Jesse's boots; his saddle; a...More

2  Thank Harold S
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Having already visited the Bank Museum in Liberty, we moved on to the Birthplace. Jesse James and his gang are names from history that are known worldwide and it was especially interesting to be able to walk into the Homestead and learn about the building...More

1  Thank bsandrs
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Vince M
20 March 2015|
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Response from Emily D | Property representative |
Adults - $8.00 Seniors (62+) - $7.00 Kids age 8 to 15 - $4.50 Kids under age 8 - free We offer group rates as well for scheduled groups of 15 or more. Call us at (816)736-8500, or visit our website for group rate information.