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Pony Express Museum

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Address: 914 Penn St, Saint Joseph, MO 64503-2544
Phone Number: 816-279-5059
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Excellent Museum with Kids Play Area

The Museum was small but jam-packed with information, it starts with the beginning of the Pony Express all the way to its last day of operation. It also provides information... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Darren Ami B
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum was small but jam-packed with information, it starts with the beginning of the Pony Express all the way to its last day of operation. It also provides information regarding the city's role in the westward expansion and the gold rush. Lastly, there's an entire section dedicated to information on Buffalo Bill who was instrumental for making the Pony... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small museum but has a great display for which St Joseph Missouri is most famous; the Pony Express. There is a stable scene recreating the first Pony Express ride, a short movie telling how it began, and scenes throughout telling the story. For an admission charge of $6, it is well worth the visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting place that tells the story about the jumping off point for the pony express. The pony express followed a lot of the same paths as the Oregon Trail. I would limit my time if you have kids under the age 10 or so as many would find the exhibits boring. Adults – or hardcore history buffs – can easily... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good little museum on the fringe of downtown Saint Joseph. The building exterior evokes the nineteenth-century era of the Pony Express riders, and the exhibits within are very well presented and documented. The staff (owners?) are enthusiastic about the museum and delighted to answer questions. Despite the rather small size of the facility it is packed... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You walk in and immediately they'll start a movie for you if you want. The museum is pretty large and there's lots to see and do. A number of interactive things for kids including a computer where they can play The Oregon Trail! You could park your kids in the play area and explore the museum on your own at... More 

Thank Elizabeth M
Rochester IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were warmly welcomed and received a "Thank you" for visiting. Enjoyed watching a wonderful video presentation about the Pony Express and its brief history. The diorama was an exceptional representation of the route the young riders followed.

Thank Steven W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum, with interactive opportunities for children, covers everything about the Pony Express, from chance meeting of the founders and their "what if" discussion, through financing and financial difficulties, riders, horses, weather, terrain, and its end. The museum sits on the actual site of the original Pony Express barn, and they have artifacts on display that were found during archeological... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here on 3 different occasions. Very well done. Lots of history. The building itself has been a stable as well as a starting point for the pony express riders. Admission isn't expensive, 6.00 for adults. A definite must see for any one interested in history.

Thank itravel2c
Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 945 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located here is the stable the very first Pony Express rider left from. He left on April 3, 1860 and rode 10 days to California! His name was John Ruff. After leaving the stable, he stopped just a couple blocks down the street at the Patee House to pick up the package he was to deliver. Interesting history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of the three museums we visited in St. Joseph this was the best. The cashier was friendly and helpful. The information was so interesting and informative. Anyone who loves Western and US history should visit.

Thank Lisa M

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