Free Museums, Kemper Museum

Breadcrumb Navigation:

Home  >  Things to Do  >  Attractions  >  Museums

Kansas City Museums

105 total results returned. Displaying page 1 of 5.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next >

1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum

Type: Festivals | Location: Country Club Plaza Area

Photo of 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum

As Kansas City's oldest brick home,the 1855 Harris-Kearney House preserves the history of Westport and the Town of Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harris-Kearney House Museum illustrates the lives of the first residents and their contributions to the formation of the greater KC area....
Read More

1859 Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

Type: History | Location: East

  • 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

The dungeon-like cells of the 1859 Jail housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest time in Jackson County’s history, including Frank James and William Clark Quantrill. Looking much like it did the morning of the Battle of Independence, for a time it served as headquarters for the Union Provost Guard under the command of Lt. Charles Meryhew. Visitors are amazed to learn how James was treated like a hero and showered with gifts throughout his incarceration. Four feet away is the back wall of the federalist-style marshal's house which was home for county marshals until the early 1930s. Special exhibits such as a collection of confiscated handmade weapons are available. Take a self-guided tour of the jail and museum for a first hand look at frontier justice. Tour the beautifully decorated home where the wife and children of the marshal lived. Guided tours are available upon request in advance....
Read More

Alexander Majors Historic House & Museum

Type: History | Location: Southeast

Photo of Alexander Majors Historic House & Museum

In the westward expansion of the 1850's, his firm's freighting operations were instrumental in bringing supplies to settlements and forts west of Kansas City. The prominence of Major's company attracted governmental and private shippers to Westport Landing, giving Kansas City a head start towards economic success. In addition to its Santa Fe Freight business, Majors started and operated the famous Pony Express. The restored 1856 house sits with graceful distinction on a 5 acre park looking westward over what was then grazing prairie south of Kansas City. Constructed in 1856, Majors' 3,400 sq. ft. antebellum home in Kansas City is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored in 1984, the home features original white pine floors and millwork, as well as furnishing of the era. Also on the site are a blacksmith shop with large display of tools, Conestoga freighting wagons, buggies, etc. and herb and vegetable gardens....
Read More

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

Type: History | Location: Regional

Photo of Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

Amelia Earhart's birthplace and early childhood home was a house built by her grandfather, Judge Alfred G. Otis, in the early 1860's. Now owned by the Ninety-Nines, the site has been restored to its turn-of-the-century condition and features personal and family memorabilia of America's most famous aviatrix. Annually, thousands of visitors tour the National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. Since the Museum opened to the public, it has consistently proven to be a leading public attraction in the Atchison area. ...
Read More

American Jazz Museum

Type: Art Museums | Location: Downtown Area

  • American Jazz Museum has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of American Jazz Museum

The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum. The Museum includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as the Blue Room, a working jazz club, and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing arts center. Located in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District in Kansas City, this is the place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and hundreds of others defined the sounds of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Today, scholars, students, musicians, and fans are drawn here to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the best music America has to offer. Additional Museum Highlights: Celebrating the artistic, historical, and cultural contributions of jazz, the American Jazz Museum includes: Rare photos, album covers, memorabilia, and personal items telling the stories of jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. More than 100 recordings of the greatest jazz ever played. Studio 18th & Vine, where visitors experiment with harmony, melody, and rhythm. Films and special collections honoring the impact of jazz on the American experience. Special exhibits highlighting Kansas City’s unique contributions to jazz. "Where It Lives" The American Jazz Museum provides several programs and venues for people to enjoy live jazz music, including: The Blue Room: Named after the famed 18th & Vine nightspot in the old Street Hotel, this working jazz club is open four nights a week and features the best local and national artists in an intimate, creative, smoke-free setting. The Gem Theater: Behind the restored 1912 façade is a modern 500-seat performing arts center. In addition to our annual "Jammin' at the Gem" jazz masters' concert series, the theater hosts many community events and theatre productions. The Changing Gallery: Four times a year, the American Jazz Museum presents special artistic exhibits inspired by jazz, baseball, and African-American life....
Read More

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo

Type: Associations | Location: Downtown Area

  • American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

Photo of American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo

In 2012, the American royal celebrated its 113th year! Funded through endowments, contributions, sponsorships and event revenues; the Royal is a nationally recognized brand of excellence and a well known venue of world class competition and entertainment. A Kansas City tradition since 1899, The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote agrarian values and to support youth programs, awards and life-long learning experiences. The American Royal reaches more than 55,000 children each year with educational programs and distributions over one million dollars annually towards furthering the Royal's mission and vision of serving youth. The American Royal, one of Kansas City's premier fall events, annually hosts the World Series of Barbecue®; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, professional rodeos and prestigious horse shows in addition to being the home of the National Championship Saddlebred horse competition. ...
Read More

American Royal Museum

Type: Sports Museums | Location: Downtown Area

Photo of American Royal Museum

Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging. Especially fun stop during rodeo and livestock competitions in Nov. ...
Read More

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Type: History | Location: Downtown Area

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of Arabia Steamboat Museum

The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and pioneer settlements. As the years passed, the river changed course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Finally, in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her magnificent cargo. They were amazed to find fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River. So, if you're looking for an adventure your whole family will enjoy, discover the treasures of the steamboat Arabia. Normal hours of tours begin every 30 minutes between 10am -4pm Mon.-Sat., noon-3:30pm Sun. Winter Hours (January to March: 10am-3pm Mon.-Sat., noon-3pm Sun. Plan at least an hour and a half for a visit. The museum is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day....
Read More

Atchison County Historical Society Museum

Type: History | Location: Regional

Photo of Atchison County Historical Society Museum

This museum in the restored Santa Fe Depot traces Atchison's history from bend on the river to busy commerce center. Includes a large collection of rare guns, Lewis & Clark expedition displays and a display of Amelia Earhart's personal effects....
Read More

Atchison Rail Museum

Type: Attractions | Location: Regional

Photo of Atchison Rail Museum

Situated in Atchison, Kansas, the Atchison Rail Museum was founded in 1988 by the Northeast Kansas Railroaders Society. One portion of the land was leased from the city, and the other part was purchased from the Santa Fe Railroad. The museum exhibits an outdoor collection of rail cars, locomotive and rolling stock from the old Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad. It also is the home of the 811 steam engine. Rail collections include the Santa Fe 789 Class, built by Baldwin; Missouri Pacific Eagle Merchandise Car, Santa Fe Caboose, Missouri Pacific Caboose, Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Post Office/Baggage Car, Burlington Northern Caboose, Missouri Pacific Snow Plow, and Missouri Pacific M of W Dining Car. ...
Read More

Belvoir Winery and Event Center

Type: Gardens | Location: Northeast

Photo of Belvoir Winery and Event Center

Belvoir Winery is a family-owned establishment located on 170 breath-taking acres in Liberty, Missouri just north of Kansas City. We provide an elegant location for events ranging from private meetings to wedding services and receptions. From the most intimate setting to the most extravagant gathering, we make anything you dream happen. We have a full wine production facility on-site. Public tours are offered giving our guests a complete overview of how grapes are grown, harvested, and processed into the final product. The tour also covers the history of the property, from its early roots as the Reed Springs Hotel through the property's period as the historic Odd Fellows Home. The site holds 130 years of history that you can only learn about by visiting Belvoir Winery....
Read More

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

Type: Festivals | Location: East

  • Bingham-Waggoner Estate has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of Bingham-Waggoner Estate

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham. Bingham had some very strong feelings about the Civil War -- particularly the war as it played along the western border. He soon became an active opponent of the military government and the infamous Order No. 11. The execution of this merciless act by government troops caused chaos and death. While residing at the Estate he painted one of his most famous works, "Order No. 11". In 1879, the Waggoner family -- well-known millers of flour -- purchased the Estate. They became nationally known for their "Queen of the Pantry Flour," considered the very best in baking and cake flours. George Gates, grandfather of Bess Truman, became a partner in the mill and the name became the Waggoner-Gates Milling Company. Three generations of the Waggoner family occupied the home for almost 100 years. In 1979, a group of private citizens, in cooperation with the City of Independence, purchased the home including the 19.5 acres for a museum and park. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate stands today as a tribute ot the hundreds of thousands of searching souls who passed by and laid their hands to the task of settling the land and building a nation. Beginning in our Carriage House/Gift Shop, let our Tour Guides take you into the 1800s where history and romance come to life among the original furniture, paintings and decor. Large meeting/luncheon room available for 10-50 people. The Estate is also available to rent for most any private event....
Read More

Black Jack Battlefield

Type: Gardens | Location: West

Photo of Black Jack Battlefield

Site of the June 2, 1856, battle between John Brown and the Free-State militia and Pro-Slavery militia of Henry C. Pate. First armed battle over the issue of slavery. Three miles east of Baldwin City, Kansas, 1/4 mile south of Hwy 56 on E2000 Road....
Read More

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

Type: Free Admission | Location: Southeast

  • Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

The Center is named in honor of Bruce R. Watkins, a political and social activist. Watkins was fueled by the need to recognize and preserve the varied contributions African-Americans made to the development of Kansas City. The facility is located on one of Kansas City's major thoroughfares. It is part of the Cultural Mall complex, which includes the Spirit of Freedom Foundation, the Satchel Paige Stadium, an amphitheater and a hillside garden, which greets visitors with thousands of multi-colored irises. The center provides visitors with culturally rich entertainment and educational experiences in the form of exhibits and displays, films, classes and workshops, stage performances and special ceremonies. The center is open to visitors of all ages. It includes permanent exhibit space, children's workspace, resource library, auditorium, small gallery and glassed encased exhibit area for small pieces and artifacts. Admission is free, although there may be a small fee for some events and classes. ...
Read More

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

Type: History | Location: Northwest

  • C.W. Parker Carousel Museum has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

Photo of C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

Charles Wallace Parker started traveling carnivals in the midwest and was expanding rapidly. His carousels began to evolve through several style changes. He went from the track machines to the jumping carousels, from steam to electric. The carving on the horses began to get more fanciful. The Parker "Carry-Us-Alls" (his play on words for carousel) continued to be the most important part of the amusement business. He built hundreds of small traveling carousels and also built five large extravagant "park" machines, designed to be permanently installed in large amusement parks. About 1914, he began to introduce the new stretched leg and long bodied shape to the horses on his carousels that became his best know figures. Most carousels from then on had a horse called "Lillie Belle" on every machine produced. By 1925 he began phasing out the wooden carved horses, and began creating the aluminum cast figures. The museum features carousel horses and parts, and three complete carousels from 1850-1950. ...
Read More

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Type: Museums | Location: Downtown Area

Photo of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

In 1833, a French missionary, Father Benedict Roux, arrived with instructions to form a permanent parish. At 11th and Broadway, the community built a log cabin church in 1835. Father Bernard Donnelly initiated the building of a permanent brick church on the site in 1857. Recruiting 300 Irish day laborers to cut away the bluffs, level the ground and establish a brick works. When Bishop John Joseph Hogan arrived in 1880, he selected Donnelly's church to become the Cathedral. Because the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built on the highest ground in the city, at 250 feet above street level -- the cupola quickly became a civic landmark. In 1895, the growing community added a carillon of eleven bells. Crafted in 1912 by local artisans, the Cathedral's stained glass windows depict scenes from the life of Christ and other biblical themes. After 74 years of weathering the elements, the Cathedral's copper dome began to deteriorate. Bishop John P. Cody created a Kansas City landmark when he finished the dome, cross and cupola with gold leaf in 1960. ...
Read More

Chicago and Alton Depot

Type: History | Location: East

Photo of Chicago and Alton Depot

The Depot was built in 1879. It was moved to its current location and restored during the decade from 1992 to 2002. The two-story depot contains three rooms on the first floor which are the waiting room, stationmaster's room, and baggage room. On the second floor, four rooms, which were formerly the stationmaster's residence, are the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and the parlor. Each of these rooms is furnished in the period circa 1879. A separate display room contains C & A artifacts. There are hundreds of C & A collectables found throughout the depot. ...
Read More

Children's Peace Pavilion

Type: Museums | Location: East

Photo of Children's Peace Pavilion

Captures the challenge of building peace through a fantastic array of interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities. Children delight at the sights, sounds and colors of this DO-TOUCH creative learning environment. Group visits by appointment. $1.00 admission.  Tue. & Thu., large tours by appointment ,  Wed. & Fri., open admission for small groups of 5 or less (call for available hours). Other times by appointment. Call 816-521-3033 for appointment and available hours....
Read More

City Market

Type: Farmer's Market & Specialty Foods | Location: Downtown Area

  • City Market has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

Photo of City Market

In operation since 1857, the City Market is the largest farmers’ market in the region with an annual attendance of nearly 600,000 per year and bursting with more than 140 farmer stalls. In addition, City Market merchants offer a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods and other items from America, Africa, Europe, the Middle and far East. The City Market is home to a unique collection of gift shops, authentic restaurants and the Arabia Steamboat Museum, which houses the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. The City Market has an extensive event calendar from April through October including concerts, food celebrations and kids activities. Located in the heart of the historic River Market neighborhood, the City Market is open seven days a week, year round. For more information visit the City Market Web site at
Read More

City of Gladstone, MO

Type: Shopping Centers & Malls | Location: Northeast

Photo of City of Gladstone, MO

The City of Gladstone is an oasis of value offering a wide variety of leisure activities for visitors of all ages. Located in the northern part of Kansas City Metro Region, Gladstone offers a historic museum, a new ice skating rink, Linden Stage with live entertainment weekly, live musical theater and is home to one of the biggest blues festivals in the country. Great barbecue and Latin cuisine will tempt those looking for good dining options. A state of the art community center complete with fitness floor, competition pool and diving well are available on a daily fee basis for those looking to maintain and active and fit lifestyle. For more information please visit our website....
Read More

Clay County Museum & Historical Society

Type: Museums | Location: Northeast

Photo of Clay County Museum & Historical Society

Located on historic Liberty Square, the museum has a wonderful collection of 19th-century Clay County artifacts....
Read More

Clendening History of Medicine Library

Type: Libraries | Location: West

Photo of Clendening History of Medicine Library

The Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum is the rare books and manuscripts library of the University of Kansas Medical Center. We actively collect rare books as well as current works in the history of medicine, nursing and the allied professions. The Library also supports the biomedical ethics and medical humanities curriculum by collecting contemporary secondary works in these areas. Under the auspices of its museum, the library also owns hundreds of medical artifacts. Tours of historical medical artifacts and books are available. 913-588-7244...
Read More

Community Christian Church

Type: Museums | Location: Country Club Plaza Area

Photo of Community Christian Church

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this "church of the future." With a Steeple of Light, four spires projecting 60,000 watts of light into space. This technology didn't exist until 1993 when the church completed construction according to his design. Visitors Welcome....
Read More

Community of Christ Temple/Auditorium

Type: Religious Organizations | Location: East

Photo of Community of Christ Temple/Auditorium

World Headquarters, spectacular buildings and history. Free organ recitals, hands-on Children's Peace Pavilion, historic museum. Free and open to the public. Guided tours 9am-5pm Mon.-Sat., 1-5pm Sun. Daily Prayer for Peace 12:30pm....
Read More

Dole Institute of Politics

Type: History | Location: West

Photo of Dole Institute of Politics

Celebrates public service, promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole with programs and exhibits. Features world’s largest stained glass U.S. flag, World War II Veteran’s memory wall and World Trade Center Memorial. Home to Dole’s personal archives, open for public research....
Read More

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next >


Quick Visitor Survey

Please take a moment to help us by participating in a brief survey. You could win a $250 Visa gift card or
one of 10 $25 Visa gift cards. Take the Survey