Travel Through Time

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educational museum , Museums , museum exhibits , museums , historic , Historic Sites
Glance into the past with a trip to Missouri’s presidential library, historical museums and historical buildings.
Author: Charles Scott

     A State Full of History: Six Historical Buildings & Historical Sites in Missouri.

Missouri is a very modern state — but, we offer great glimpses into the past as well. Historical museums and historic buildings bring yesterday back to life.

Presidential libraries are a fascinating place to explore the lives and careers of our nation’s leaders; Missouri is proud to have one to call its own. Uncover the legacy of one of our state’s most beloved native sons, at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Located in Independence, this complex features dozens of exhibits, plus theaters and a museum store. Feel like the commander-in-chief when you walk into a replica of President Truman’s Oval Office. Experience some of the most important times in our nation’s history. In the “Decision Theater,” test your ability to make tough choices such as the ones President Truman had to make. Pay respect to the great man himself – his grave is located in the courtyard.


     Historical Museums: A Great Place To Learn & Explore


Missouri features its fair share of historical museums, including one highlighting the state itself. Located within the marble halls of our gorgeous Capitol in Jefferson, the Missouri State Museum shares fascinating facts about Missouri’s history. Get to know the Show-Me State through a variety of interesting exhibits, spread throughout two galleries at this museum. Features include, among other topics: natural resources; Missouri veterans; agriculture and mining; westward expansion; famous Missourians; and the Civil War in Missouri. Complete your experience with a guided tour of the Capitol and be sure to check out other historical museums in Missouri.

The Patee House Museum in St. Joseph is one of the town’s most historical buildings. Built in 1858 as a luxury hotel, the Patee lives on today as one of Missouri’s great historical museums. From 1860 to 1861, it served as the headquarters and offices for the Pony Express. Inside, visitors explore two floors of fun exhibits and attractions authentic to the mid-1800s era of St. Joseph, including a vintage train, a carousel and the stores on the 1800s Main Street.
Directly behind the the Patee, sits Jesse James Home, where, on April 3, 1882, the infamous outlaw Jesse James was gunned-down by gang member Bob Ford. This historical site holds artifacts from Jesse, his brother Frank and the Ford brothers.

Historical Buildings To Visit In Missouri


While in Jefferson City, visit one of Missouri’s grandest historical buildings, the beautiful Governor’s Mansion. Built in 1871 as the home for Missouri’s first family, the mansion features gorgeous architecture and meticulously maintained period furniture. Learn about the historical impact of Missouri’s governors when you tour this exquisite home. (Tours offered select dates and times only.)


You may not have your very own time machine, but
you’ll certainly feel like you do as you explore one of Missouri's most interesting historical buildings. The Old Stagecoach Stop Museum in Waynesville features 10 rooms, each impeccably restored to reflect a different era in the building’s history. Learn about the many stages of the structure’s “life” – it has been everything from a Civil War hospital to a tavern to a boarding house for the laborers building Fort Leonard Wood. You’ll travel through the decades in this unique historical museum.


  Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
The Truman Library offers theaters, a museum store and dozens of interactive and hands-on exhibits designed ...

  Missouri State Capitol
The Capitol, completed in 1918, covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. The dome rises 238 feet ...

  Missouri State Museum
The museum is located inside the Capitol. There are two galleries on the main floor. The displays cover ...

  Governor's Mansion
The mansion was constructed in 1871 as the official residence of Missouri's first family. The state's ...

  Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
Built in the 1850s, the Old Stagecoach Stop is a 10-room museum. Each room is restored to a different ...

  Missouri History Museum
Originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, the Missouri History Museum looks ...

  Patee House Museum
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. ...

  Jesse James Home
Jesse James was murdered in this house on April 3, 1882, by fellow gang member Bob Ford. The home includes ...