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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

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Address: 217 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
Phone Number: 18162521892
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Jail built in 1859, and operated as a county jail until 1933. The infamous...

Jail built in 1859, and operated as a county jail until 1933. The infamous Frank James was incarcerated here. Learn about the evolution of justice on the Missouri frontier.

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$5 to get in and do a self guided tour. I found it interesting and well set up. I recommend it as a cheap side attraction

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$5 to get in and do a self guided tour. I found it interesting and well set up. I recommend it as a cheap side attraction

Thank Megan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Self guided tour taking approximately 45 minutes. I would love to do the ghost tours at night. I have been here twice and it is very interesting. The person taking your money can give you information before you go on your tour to give you a idea about what to look for specifically including the cell that Frank. I also... More 

1 Thank Kristie H
Independence, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

I took my Grandson here to take a break from Pokemon hunting on the Independence Square and it was quite a treat. I only paid $9 for both of us and it took us around 45 minutes to complete the self guided tour. Interesting.

1 Thank pdonnici88
Independence, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

It's an interesting place to visit. We enjoyed the ghost tour. They have wagon rides near by and some nice historical homes.

Thank mckapke
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting small museum in the heart of downtown Independence MO, featuring small town life of 150 years ago and providing details about the curious lives of the James brothers, Jesse and Frank and the jail cell that held FrankJames as if he were royalty (as a western RobinHood) the manager/ticket taker is very helpful. Locates next to the Ticket... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

This is located right next to visitor center in downtown Independence. Didn't open until 10am on Friday so be aware. Good artifacts and cool to see the old stone cells. Little museum behind it. Okay value for the money but would have felt better if we paid half as much. Depends on how much of a history buff you are... More 

Thank Keith T
Omaha, NE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Nice stop along the historic strip of the city. It is a self guided tour so it can be a pretty short stop unless you take the time to stop and look and read everything. Tour includes the Marshal house, original cell block, cell expansion turned county museum, and a small one room school house. Glad we stopped, but probably... More 

1 Thank leahleah16
Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

This jail held Frank James and William Quantrill. It is impeccably restored and tells "the other side of the story" regarding Quantrill's Raiders and the beginnings of the James gang. I won't spoil the story but suffice it to say that the actions of Quantrill's Raiders was a compartively weak revenge of the atrocities of the Union Army in Jackson... More 

1 Thank 909frankl909
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Located on Main street next door to the Truman Visitor Center. Built in 1859 and well preserved. Known for Frank James spending a short time here. Tickets are $6 a person. Pictures are allowed.

1 Thank IllinoisKate1
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I found this place pretty interesting. A self guided tour of the house and old jail with a small but interesting museum in the basement. Expect to spend at about an hour there if you want to take it all in. Price was reasonable. Very close to the Frontier Trails Museum and both can be visited in one morning or... More 

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