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Arts & Museums
Founded by George Galore within the building that housed the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, it traces the history of the evolving medical specialty that's psychiatry. Complete with artifacts and devices used by psychiatric professionals and life size dioramas depicting treatments at the asylum, it provides a great insight into the progress of psychiatry. Apart from the medical apparatus, it also features artwork by some of the inmates at the old facility, the eeriest of the lot being a rendition of the 1,446 items swallowed by a patient, which includes screws, nails, safety pins and such. Easily one of the most spookiest museums around, the Glore Psychiatric Museum takes “crazy” to another level.
The celebrated Patee House is famously regarded as the Patee House Museum and is an esteemed structure in Missouri. Constructed in the year 1858, the historic house is a colossal 140-room opulent hotel located at 12th Street and Penn in St. Joseph, Missouri. It boasts of being listed in several magazines as one of the top museums in the country. The admission fee is in a modest range of USD4 to USD6, which varies across age groups. This city landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
The Jesse James House Museum is a beautiful historic home that is designed in the Greek Revival architecture. The death of James was by him being shot and the existence of the bullet mark is visible at the north wall in the interior. The house currently that stands as a museum, contains artifacts like the handle of the coffin, bits and pieces of wood, and a pin of James that was worn by him on his souvenir. The house also displays several other photographs that are visible to the public.
The National Military Heritage Museum was built in 1890 as an ode to the Armed Forces and to offer a glimpse of its military heritage. Its exhibits take you through the history of military service on foreign shores as well as on the home front. Designed as a brick building, it arranges group tours with lodging, food, entertainment and hosts reunions and family events as well. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, the museum is open from Monday to Friday 9:00a to 5:00p and Saturday 9:00a to 1:00p.
Located in nearby Independence, this library is one of only ten presidential libraries in the country run by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 15 million pages of documents and 35,000 objects that are all associated with the life and presidency of Harry Truman. This populist president was born in Independence and he is buried in the courtyard alongside his wife Bess on the grounds of this impressive library.
Built in 1859, this historic frontier jail located in Independence Square is where Frank James, Jesse's bank-robbing brother, was imprisoned. With bars on the windows, the jail looks like something out of an old western movie. Visitors can tour the Marshall's home, the jail cells, a schoolhouse and the surrounding grounds. An exhibit of handmade weapons is also on display.
This museum is devoted to the history of Kansas City and its environs. The museum is housed in the stately Beaux-Arts mansion that once belonged to the lumber tycoon R.A. Long. The estate was given to the city in 1938 and converted into a museum shortly thereafter. Inside, visit the 50-room wing known as the Corinthian Hall or the StoryTarium, which is an interactive area that presents the history of the city as well as the people who created it. In addition to Kansas City history, the museum also focuses on community events that run the gamut, from Latino heritage exhibits to LGBT programs.
The National Frontier Trails Museum reflects centuries of history. This museum features a number of exhibits that highlight the life and times of a pioneer, including quotes and narratives from the brave souls that made their way out West.
As you walk in through the doors of Leila's Hair Museum, you will be surrounded by nothing but hair. Styling of hair has been an aspect of beauty since ancient times; this museum, established by Leila Cohoon, aims at cherishing this art form. Exhibits on display include broaches comprising hair, paintings made with powdered hair, hair wreaths and hair accessories. Popular artifacts on display include locks from celebrities, presidents, Queen Victoria, St. Anne and Mother Mary.
Take a trip back in flight-time with a visit to this museum that celebrates aviation history. It is located inside a hanger at the old Downtown Airport and visitors can see airplanes, photos, audio/video productions, artifacts, logbooks, uniforms and other items that illustrate the grace of propeller-driven travel. Individuals who lived and worked among the aircraft during their glory days sometimes lead informative and entertaining tours. Groups of ten or more must call ahead to reserve one. Check website for details on events and other information.
Located along Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum recounts the story of the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in 1886 when a walnut tree created a hole in the hull. When it sank, there were only parts and pieces that could be salvaged, however these remnants and artifacts are now displayed here. The museum claims to have the largest amount of pre-Civil War artifacts in the entire world and judging by the collection, we can assume its true. It is a great museum for all ages and with captivate adults as well as children alike.
Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th & Vine District. Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement. This museum adjoins the American Jazz Museum, so be sure to allow enough time to visit both. Check website to find out more details on events and presentations.