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Jesse James Museum

21216 Jesse James Farm Road
Kearney, MO

Phone: 816-628-6065

Statement of Purpose:

To interpret to the visitor an understanding of the history and significance of events, people, and objects with which the site is associated; to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the people of Clay County, Missouri; and to develop and promote the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of those resources.


Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri in 1847. The Jesse James Musuem preserves the original log cabin in which Jesse was born.

Before you walk the trail to the James family home, you'll enjoy an exciting laser disc presentation recapping the history of Frank and Jesse James. You will also enjoy the museum which has three galleries of exhibits.

When you are finished with the museum, you will receive a guided tour through the cabin where Jesse was born. Upon completion of your tour you will have a better understanding of the historical events of the period and how those events shaped the lives of Frank and Jesse James.


James Family personal belongings and furnishings. The cabin is furnished with family pieces that belonged to Frank and Jesse's mother and father. The museum houses guns, boots, letters, personal documents, and many other items belonging to both Frank and Jesse James and their families.

Other areas of interest in the musuem include a section devoted to all the movies made about the James boys.



From I-35, north of Kansas City, take the Kearney exit (#26), travel two miles east on Hwy 92, then travel two miles north on Jesse James Farm Road. The site is located only four miles from the interstate.



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Key Personnel:

Elizabeth Gilliam Beckett, Director

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