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Address: 103 N Water Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Phone Number:
+1 816-736-8510
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

It was a cold and snowy February afternoon when a group of horsemen rode...

It was a cold and snowy February afternoon when a group of horsemen rode into Liberty, Missouri. After a short time, gunshots broke the winter silence as the men rode off with their loot leaving one young college student dead and the town in shock. The Jesse James Bank, located on the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, was the site of the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. While the robbers were never caught, the crime as attributed to the infamous James Gang. Visitors see bank as it was in 1866. Period furnishings fill the room and one become immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller. As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers. Among the furnishings, a rare Seth Thomas clock, set for the exact time and date of the robbery, February 13, 1866. Many photographs and other documents are on display for the public to view. A museum store offers many historical books, period style toys and games, and other fun souvenir keepsakes.The Jesse James Bank Museum is operated by the Department of Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites and Tourism.

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Small but Worth the Stop

If your into the Old West this is a great stop. To stand in the same exact bank that Jesse James robbed is quite an experience. It is small and there are a few exhibits and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
Donald K
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Interesting tour of the small bank where the James gang did their first bank robbery on Feb 13, 1866. As the tour guide explained, it was most likely Frank James and Arch Clement that came into the bank while the rest of the gang were outside waiting to make a getaway. She said Jesse was a regular customer there and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Kind of pricey at $6.50 but the tour giver was very informative . was a one room bank and the story behind the robbery is excellent. Original safe still there.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this and it was so interesting learned so much about Jesse James family. It is well kept and very friendly staff. Definately a must see. Loved it

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

If your into the Old West this is a great stop. To stand in the same exact bank that Jesse James robbed is quite an experience. It is small and there are a few exhibits and artifacts to see also. Plan on one hour or less

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Enter this old building and step back in time. The site, once the Clay County Saving Association, was the scene of America's first daylight bank robbery on Feb. 13, 1866. Exactly a century later, it became a museum, with the original vault still in place. Old reward posters, newspaper accounts, and other documents enliven your visit. Fitted with period furnishings... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

A nice small museum and tour. Good information. Friendly staff. A decent hour or less worth of information.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Jesse James Bank Museum is a unique experience. I learned more about the first daylight robbery then I knew from the movies. Family friendly and very interesting. Staff was very nice and helpful.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The tours are run by the same person that runs the gift shop so the hours are strange for the tours. You have to wait for them to finish with their last tour before they return to the gift shop. By the time that happened I no longer felt like going on the tour. It looks interesting but it is... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Bummer.... we walked to it after our trip to the jail, and found that they're closed on Sundays. We could only see in the windows of the gift shop, which was a bummer.

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Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Took my husband as a birthday adventure. We had to take our 4 year old along. Not a good idea. As you can not touch anything. Our tour guide was new and only somewhat knowledgable. I'd like to go back again without children. And a new guide. So interesting. And a lot of pictures to look at from that era.... More 

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