400 S. Platte Clay Way
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 628-2288
Fax: (816) 628-2705
Arts & Museums
Dedicated to preserving and collecting historical artifacts, this museum features a variety of displays and artifacts pertaining to Excelsior Springs history, plus offers historical programs and crafts for quilting and weaving.
Housed in a circa 1877 drugstore on Liberty's historic square, the Clay County Museum and Historical Society features three floors of displays, which includes items from early county settlements, a completely equipped 1900 doctor's office, patented medicines, guns, dolls, toys, Civil War items, a Victorian parlor, bedroom, and a kitchen/dining room. The Clay County Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Filled with period furnishings, the Jesse James Bank Museum allows visitors to step back in time to 1866 with an account of that fateful February 13 in 1866, as they "peer into the original bank vault, view photographs, and listen to the exploits attributed to the James Gang."
Located in nearby Independence, this library is one of only ten presidential libraries in the country run by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 15 million pages of documents and 35,000 objects that are all associated with the life and presidency of Harry Truman. This populist president was born in Independence and he is buried in the courtyard alongside his wife Bess on the grounds of this impressive library.
You will travel back in time when stepping into the showroom floor of the 1940's Lincoln Mercury Dealership.
Built in 1859, this historic frontier jail located in Independence Square is where Frank James, Jesse's bank-robbing brother, was imprisoned. With bars on the windows, the jail looks like something out of an old western movie. Visitors can tour the Marshall's home, the jail cells, a schoolhouse and the surrounding grounds. An exhibit of handmade weapons is also on display.
Learn about the key role the Mormons played in the early and tempestuous history of Independence. See rare artifacts, exhibits and artwork documenting the history and beliefs of the Saints.
The National Frontier Trails Museum reflects centuries of history. This museum features a number of exhibits that highlight the life and times of a pioneer, including quotes and narratives from the brave souls that made their way out West.
This museum is devoted to the history of Kansas City and its environs. The museum is housed in the stately Beaux-Arts mansion that once belonged to the lumber tycoon R.A. Long. The estate was given to the city in 1938 and converted into a museum shortly thereafter. Inside, visit the 50-room wing known as the Corinthian Hall or the StoryTarium, which is an interactive area that presents the history of the city as well as the people who created it. In addition to Kansas City history, the museum also focuses on community events that run the gamut, from Latino heritage exhibits to LGBT programs.
As you walk in through the doors of Leila's Hair Museum, you will be surrounded by nothing but hair. Styling of hair has been an aspect of beauty since ancient times; this museum, established by Leila Cohoon, aims at cherishing this art form. Exhibits on display include broaches comprising hair, paintings made with powdered hair, hair wreaths and hair accessories. Popular artifacts on display include locks from celebrities, presidents, Queen Victoria, St. Anne and Mother Mary.
Located along Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum recounts the story of the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in 1886 when a walnut tree created a hole in the hull. When it sank, there were only parts and pieces that could be salvaged, however these remnants and artifacts are now displayed here. The museum claims to have the largest amount of pre-Civil War artifacts in the entire world and judging by the collection, we can assume its true. It is a great museum for all ages and with captivate adults as well as children alike.
Take a trip back in flight-time with a visit to this museum that celebrates aviation history. It is located inside a hanger at the old Downtown Airport and visitors can see airplanes, photos, audio/video productions, artifacts, logbooks, uniforms and other items that illustrate the grace of propeller-driven travel. Individuals who lived and worked among the aircraft during their glory days sometimes lead informative and entertaining tours. Groups of ten or more must call ahead to reserve one. Check website for details on events and other information.