The museum occupies a Federal Empire Victorian brick mini-mansion modeled in various architectural details after the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. Every piece of furnishing in the home, dating from 1840 to c. 1900, has a Platte County history. The first level includes a parlor; sitting room with bronze marble fireplace; dining room with double sliding wood-on-wood hand-grained doors; kitchen with a German tongue and groove wood ceiling; and latticed back porch. A curved staircase made of walnut and mahogany leads you to the second floor where there are four bedrooms. Another staircase connects the second floor and basement, which once contained a cooking area, dining area, wine cellar, cistern room, wash area, and workroom. The basement also houses the Platte County Historical Society’s genealogical library, archives and display areas.
The museum has a rare Civil War collection of Col. Charles E. Sinnet, a Union soldier.
Open mid April – mid October. The museum hosts exhibits each summer. For more information, hours and event/exhibit announcements, call the museum phone at 816-431-5121. Admission: $5; younger than 12, free.