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Jesse James Farm and Museum

Address: 21216 James Farm Rd., Kearney, MO 64060
Phone Number: 816-736-8500
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Kearney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri, in 1847...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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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Kathmandu, Nepal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Jesse lived down the road from my ancestors the magills. So it was doubly interesting for my sister and i. The docent was so knowledgeable. Go and learn about Jesse and his family, particularly his mother. Omg!!!! Interesting day

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Kearney, Missouri
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enjoy taking our guests to this attraction. The history gives you insight into the events of the time that caused the acts of violence of the outlaws and the lawmen.

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Paola, Kansas, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Went into the farm house on our walk we did not know you had to be with a tour to enter it was sternly told this after we went inside it was not posted in the visitor center about this only to check up front before going out the door

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

All tours through the house are led by an historic interpreter as part of the tour which consists of the 20 minute film and three galleries of artifacts. More 

Northfield
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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. They have a brief but informative movie to familiarize you with Jesse James life. Then we were taken on a walking tour of the property. The tour guide was friendly and fun. The house was full of furniture and things owned by the James family. They also had a small museum of James family memorabilia.... More 

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Fairland, Oklahoma
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16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I love history and my husband's And I visit outlaws graves all over. I knew his grave was not here but went anyways. Don't know why people complain about no pictures allowed in tje house there's nothing worth taking a picture but very intetesting. I will bring kids back.

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White Lake, Michigan
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10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Still wondering why we all love the outlaws, but i suppose that is just hollywood. Working locally at a nearby auto plant and had the weekend off. Musuem has many very interesting artifacts, all well represented . Introductory video was very good. 8 dollars for adults, includes guided tour of the James homes.

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Missouri
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Museum is well done and has quite a few items belonging to Jesse and Frank. The introductory video was good. House still has old wallpaper, etc. thus the dust and mold alerts. I wasn't bothered, but the friend I was with had to go outside. I thought the tour was interesting. Although the house has some electricity, tour guide used... More 

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Sugarcreek, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

For the Jesse and Frank James buffs, this is the must see. The James family has given their artifacts and material to this museum located on the site of the James family farm. From the rifles, saddles, and etc to the James farmhouse, it is all authentic. The museum staff are very knowledgeable.

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Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum displays were well done and the video was very interesting. I was glad we were able to view the video first as it provided a lot of the background information. The grounds were well-kept. The tour of the home was interesting, but the home (as expected) is a dust and mold haven. Not sure there is a good... More 

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Noble, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The video and display were interesting and well done, but the actual tour of the home was a little tedious (repeating what we had already seen and heard) and was guided (we had to wait and stay with the guide). ALLERGY ALERT: The home had mold!!

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