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Jesse James Farm and Museum

21216 James Farm Rd., Kearney, MO 64060
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. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank,... more » 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. « less
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Sugarcreek, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

we stopped here on our way through as a side stop. although i wouldnt drive out of my way to go here, i am glad that we stopped since we were passing by anyways. ( we stayed in kerney on the way from mn to branson)

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Richmond, Virginia
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210 reviews 210 reviews
107 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

About 40 minutes north of KC so a little out of the way. An important museum to understanding the history of Kansas and Missouri 1850-1890. The house (portions of it) are in need of serious repair. The Museum exhibit is ok, but in need of expansion and a little more interpretation. Small gift shop. It needs support and has potential... More

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Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We happened upon this farm on our way from Michigan to Kansas. I have now twice visited and can say I enjoyed it very much. It was very interesting and they had items from the actual family. I really enjoyed visiting the home, because I love picturing myself living in them when I am inside. For the price, $8 for... More

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Burlington, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We were on our way home from Kansas City and my husband decided to stop as a side trip because he's always been interested in Jesse James. First, the place was hard to find. It needs better signs/directions. The very small museum doesn't allow photos. I guess I'm used to museums that allow people to take photos. The farmhouse doesn't... More

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Burlington, Iowa, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Not worth the side trip. Jesse is not even in the grave there. Pictures are not allowed. You learn more from the history channel. Museum? Nope, more hole in the wall. Plus it was difficult to find. Nothing to identify it except small road signs.

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Westmont, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was a well priced museum that offered insight and historical artifacts along with a well made video. The guides are very knowledgeable and there was no rushing. The house was also very interesting. Do not plan your vacation around seeing this. If you're in the area then it's well worth your time but don't make this a destination. My... More

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Raymore, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We have lived in the Kansas City area since 1979 and had never visited the Jesse James farm or museum. We finally did and found it to be another historical "gem," well worth the time of those who enjoy history. The museum, short film, and farm tour are all well done. The facilities are up to date and well maintained.... More

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