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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

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Hard to Find, but worth the hunt.

If you are a history buff, then this is one place you will want to see. The entrance is a little... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2018
Kendra P
Only got to see one room

Wanted to see more, but was told I would have to wait to accommodate a school group visiting... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
San Diego, California
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
217 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
+1 816-252-1892
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

If you are a history buff, then this is one place you will want to see. The entrance is a little difficult to find, as it is located in a narrow space between two other buildings, but well worth the hunt. In here you will...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

The self guided tour was interesting. Was able to go into the jail cells and see Frank James cell. Was interesting to see how things were set up back then with the house attached.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

There is so much history surrounding this old jail. The living quarters and jail cells are well staged. This was the place where Frank James of the Jesse James game spent some time before he was taken to trial. Lots of great stories about him...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Wanted to see more, but was told I would have to wait to accommodate a school group visiting. Couldn't wait because I was flying home later in the day. Too bad, because what I did see looked very interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 24, 2018

We went here from the national Smithsonian day at museums nationwide. Neither my bf or I have ever been here; despite going to the Square a lot. It's stuck in between store fronts, so easy to walk right past it. We got in for free...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

If you have time kill and like history or old jails, this would be a good stop. It's not big. The house is set up as a typical period home but does give you a glimpse of the jailer's family at times. The cells are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Amy L
Reviewed August 1, 2018

We had a great tour of the Marshal Home Museum and Jail. The history that was shared was amazing. The docents are most informative and seem to really enjoy sharing the history. Thanks!

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank s71dart
Reviewed July 22, 2018

PROS: self guided tour is great. You can take your time exploring the jail cells, there were not a lot of patrons ; authentic items inside the marshall’s home and the jail cells. CONS: none. Great 30 minute stop

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Toured this the first day in town and it was very good tour. You could the living quarters of the marshals home and walk through the jail it's self and enter the cells to see just how cramped and uncomfortable they were.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Eddie R
Reviewed April 30, 2018

It is surprising the history and how well preserved everything is. We like to take out of town family there to get a peek into how the early settlers lived.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Martha A H
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