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Dec 23

Patee House Museum- Saint Joseph Missouri

Patee House Museum The Patee House Museum is a National Historic Landmark due to its role as the Pony Express headquarters, but it has a lot more to offer than just the history of the Pony Express.  If you are only interested in that then you might want to just check out the Pony Express Museum which is also located in Saint Joseph.  This museum is like a tribute to all things Americana.  It has lots of transportation artifacts including some really nice vintage cars and an 1860 steam locomotive.  This place is so unique that it is actually listed in the book “1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.”
Vintage Car

We rolled into St. Joseph in the afternoon after visiting the Squaw Creek National  Wildlife Refuge which is worth seeing if you are in the area.  We first stopped by the Pony Express Museum which was nice but pales in comparison to the Patee House Museum. When we were done it was past 3:30 and we thought we would have plenty of time to see the Patee House and the Jessie James Home, boy were we wrong.  Karen and I had not done our due diligence and thought both places would be open until at least 5:00 p.m., they are not, they both close at 4:30.  So, we had a decision to make and we decided to go to the Patee House which I hoped was the right decision.
Stage Coach

The museum is pretty amazing with everything that they have, and they have some peculiar stuff to.  Everything from a 1920’s gas station to weapons used from actual crimes in the Saint Joseph area, this museum deserved a lot more time then we could give it on that particular day.  Karen really liked all different store fronts and details they had.  The right side of the museum is like stepping back in time they have a drug store, dentistry, barber, and a variety of other places that you can walk through. It is kind of like stepping into a time machine.  I appreciated just the amount of different things that they had.  Everybody out there could find at least something of interest to them at this museum.
Drug Store

Right next door to the Patee House Museum is where Jesse James the famous western outlaw died.  The Jesse James home was the last place we were going to see in St. Joseph before we headed up to Des Moines Iowa, but the lack of time kept us from it.  I guess there is always next time if we are ever back in that area of Missouri.
Steam Locomotive

Like I mentioned before there was way too much to see at the Patee House Museum for what little time that we had for it. I would say that it would probably take at least two hours to see it all and even then it might not be enough time.  Patee House Museum was fun, but just those who really like Americana would enjoy this museum.  They are not going to have any electronic displays or catchy designs, but what they do have in abundance is just a hodgepodge of things that makes America what it is.
Horse Buggy

Patee House Museum
Located at 1202 Penn Street, Saint Joseph Missouri
Hours of Operation January through March Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April through October Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost as of 2011- $6.00 for adults  Seniors 60 and over $5.00 and Children 6 to 17 are $4.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.ponyexpressjessejames.com/patee/index.php
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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    Wow it looks so clean and well cared for. You’ll sure know how to pick the right museums.

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