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Historic Sites & Museums

From Jesse James history to historic homes and farmsteads, Clay is home to a rich history that will keep any history buff entertained. Visit the birthplace of infamous Jesse James, or the bank where he and his gang perpetrated the first successful daylight bank robbery in American history. Explore Excelsior Springs, Missouri, a town founded because of its rich mineral waters. Along with the big names and unique destinations, Clay is home to many preserved historic sites that offer a unique glimpse back into American history.
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Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Explore authentic nineteenth century homes and enjoy scheduled reenactments at this one-of-a-kind museum.

7000 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64156

Phone: 816-792-2655

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Hall of Waters

The Hall of Waters was built in 1936-1937 as a bottling facility and distribution point for the healing, medicinal mineral waters of Excelsior Springs.

201 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Phone: 816-637-2811

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Mt. Gilead School

Mt. Gilead School operated for over 100 years until it closed its doors in 1946. Today the school hosts several educational events. Learn more on our event calendar!


Phone: 816-736-8500

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Jesse James Birthplace

Tour the world's largest collection of James family artifacts and visit the birthplace of the infamous Jesse James.


Phone: 816-736-8500

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TWA Museum

Learn about the history of TWA and the role it has to play in pioneering commercial airlines by touring their displays and aircraft.

10 Richards Rd. #110, Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone: 816-234-1011

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Historic Pharis Farm

Historic Pharis Farm is a storied home with a past that dates back to 1836.

20611 EE Highway, Liberty, MO 64068

Phone: 816-736-8500

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Mt. Gilead Church

Organized in 1830 as a Primitive Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead Christian Church erected their first building in 1844.


Phone: 816-736-8500

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Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum

Built between 1831 and 1834, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is one of the oldest continuously occupied homes in Clay County.

6607 North Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119

Phone: 816-453-3276

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Jesse James Bank Museum

Tour the site of America's first successful daylight back robbery during peacetime in history by the James Gang in 1866.


Phone: 816-736-8510

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Watkins Woolen Mill

This three-story woolen mill building - complete with intact mid-nineteenth century textile machinery - provides guests with a close-up experience with the Industrial Revolution in rural America.


Phone: 816-580-3387

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Kearney Historic Museum

Learn more about this storied town, the birthplace of Jesse James, at this museum housing a collection of local artifacts.


Phone: 816-903-1856

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Historic Liberty Jail

During the winter of 1838-1839, Mormon Prophet and leader Joseph Smith and five others were held in the Liberty Jail.

216 N. Main St., Liberty, MO 64068

Phone: 816-781-3188

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Clay County Museum

The Clay County Museum houses historical artifacts from around the county.


Phone: 816-792-1849

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Excelsior Springs Museum

Explore Excelsior Springs' past at this museum showcasing local artifacts. The museum is home to several permanent and rotating displays.


Phone: 816-630-0101

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