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Jesse James Bank Museum

103 N Water St, Liberty, MO 64068-1736
+1 816-736-8510
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Historical Museum

Jesse James Bank Museum is a unique experience. I learned more about the first daylight robbery... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
Kansas City, Missouri
via mobile
Nice little gift shop

The tours are run by the same person that runs the gift shop so the hours are strange for the... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2016
Elizabeth M
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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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.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good58%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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103 N Water St, Liberty, MO 64068-1736
+1 816-736-8510
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Reviewed July 25, 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.

Reviewed July 10, 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...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed June 19, 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.

Thank Grace C
Reviewed June 17, 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...More

Thank letsgo12
Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

My teenage daughter and I stopped in. The tour was short but informative. The history is impressive. It intrigued the teen so I think it's a score.

1  Thank adventurerstogether
Reviewed September 9, 2015

The site of the first bank robbery in American history... and probably the world! Very cool!!!! Such awesome architecture! Listening to the story of that day was amazing! It's a must-do when in Liberty!

2  Thank hrtaylor23
Reviewed July 8, 2015

On the NE corner on the square, it's a pay museum with lots of information on Jesse James, this was his first banked they robbed. During Liberty Fall Fest in September there is an reenactment every hour with dressed up actors and horses

2  Thank Gordon W
Reviewed July 1, 2015

It is said that Jesse James committed the nation's first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery at this bank. This museum has a lot of the Jesse James history. If you look on facebook at JesseJamesBankMuseum, you will see a lot of items in the museum.

1  Thank Waterman_10
Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have lived in the area for about 30 years and was surprised by how wonderful this museum was. The 10 year old loved it and we all were engaged with the guide who told us some information that history has tweaked through time. Very...More

1  Thank ljeanw31
Reviewed March 7, 2015

While it was interesting to be in a place where history happened, I think this one might be a bit overpriced. It costs $6 per person to see a "museum" that amounts to one room plus a small room of reading materials. The story is...More

4  Thank Tonifa
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