Community and Annual Events

In every season, The St. Joseph Museums offers exciting community events for diverse interests and ages. From Mah Jongg at the Mansion to fall Mystery Parties and international tours, mark your calendar and become a member to take part in all we have to offer.

View image gallery here of Community and Annual Events. Interested in renting the St. Joseph Museum or the Wyeth Tootle Mansion for your next event? View rental information here.

Upcoming Events and Temporary Exhibits

April through October – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – You don’t have to travel a great distance to get a taste of European architecture. The German-inspired 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion in St. Joseph, Missouri, provides an accessible (and unforgettable) educational experience.

Not only does the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion celebrate Gothic architecture and Victorian-era interior design, it also houses exhibits that explore early local enterprises, cultural history, and even natural disasters that have shaped our region’s history.  Each of the three floors of the ornate1879 mansion is dedicated to one or more historical exhibits, including Confluence: The Great Flood of 1993. This exhibit is a permanent fixture for the Mansion that addresses the flood’s physical, economic, and social effects on St. Joseph and the surrounding area.            

Featured Exhibit at the Mansion, 1100 Charles St. – Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick

In films, St. Joseph, Missouri, born actress Ruth Warrick will indelibly be referred to as the first “Mrs. Citizen Kane.” As a television actress, she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the wealthy, viper-tongued, manipulative, and often meddlesome Pine Valley grande dame who held court for 35 years. But she was more than that. Ruth Warrick led an amazing life. The story of her career, philanthropy, and political activism is told in this new temporary exhibit.  Funding for the Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick exhibit was provided by the Missouri Humanities Council.

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from April 6 through October, 2018.

The regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students ages 7 to 18. Children six and under, as well as Museum Members are admitted free of charge.  Group tours of the mansion are available by appointment year-round.  In addition to tours, the mansion can also serve as a special event or meeting venue.  For additional information on exhibits or to schedule a group tour or an event, please call (816) 232-8471 or e-mail

Featured Exhibit at the Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave. – Images from the Mary Everhard Photographic Collection

Mary Ellen Everhard owned and operated a photo studio in Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1922 to 1968. She was a gifted studio photographer and a photography archivist. She had the vision to acquire and preserve thousands of negatives taken by four photographers who recorded images of Leavenworth County people and places. The Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph has selected 15 images of African Americans that are part of the collection. The Black Archives Museum was able to obtain the images of African Americans from the Mary Everhard photograph collection and prepare them for exhibition though a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.   Museum Hours: Monday—Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. 


November 25, 2018 – ArKIDtecture Club at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 2 to 4 p.m. – The arKIDtecture Club for children is held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. Club participants explore architecture through a variety of activities with the assistance of area architects. The focus of the November meeting will be how the built environment affects how we perceive and interact. Students will play with light and shadow, in-out, temperatures, colors, and proportions. All materials and snacks are provided. The fee is $6 for museum members and $8 for non-members. To register please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at


Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Meet the Artist/Exhibit Opening

Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steve Head

The Glore Psychiatric Museum will host visiting artist Steve Head from 4 to 6 p.m. Head is a Webb City, Missouri, based artist who began painting and creating mixed media work in 2012. Using old family photos, Head tackles topics such as mental illness, early onset Alzheimer’s, substance abuse, poverty, and emotional wounds through his art. He will be on hand to discuss his art and answer questions as Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steve Head temporary exhibit opens on the second floor of the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Reservations are not necessary.  For more information call 816-232-8471.

December 6, 2018 –  Napoleon: Power and Splendor Trip – Beginning at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join the St. Joseph Museums as we explore the temporary Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A selection of works, most of which have never been exhibited in North America, will reveal the power and splendor of the Imperial Household and its role in fashioning a monarchic identity for the new emperor, his family and loyal entourage. Guests will have time to explore other exhibits as well. After the tour, trip participants will enjoy a three-course meal at Aixios Bistro, which features classic French cuisine. To round out the evening, the group will enjoy a driving tour of the Country Club Plaza Christmas lights before returning to St. Joseph.  There are just five spots left!

The all-inclusive cost of the trip is $145 per person or $125 for museum members. Space is limited and paid reservations are required by November 16. To make reservations and/or pay by credit card, please call 816-232-8471. Payment can be mailed to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508.

December 13, 2018 – Holiday Tea at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – You’re invited to enjoy a taste of European architecture and holiday décor during a Holiday Tea at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street.  It will be an unforgettable experience with tea, champagne, curried chicken salad, smoked salmon, and a wide array of tea sandwiches and sweet treats! Maybe even do a bit of shopping courtesy of the event host, which is Dillard’s East Hills Mall Home Store.  The cost is $35 per person, pre-paid reservations are required.  Call 816-232-8471 to reserve your place or mail your reservations to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508.  

December 27, 2018 – Space Science Workshop for Kids – Two Sessions – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students & 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. for 4th through 6th grade students 

The Space Science workshops will be led by Stanberry High School science instructor Rich Piper.  Hands-on activities such as making rockets, astronaut ice cream & pudding, ring gliders, space beads, art spacescapes, moon phases calendar, Mars rover, and making edible asteroids will be included.
The sessions are limited to 25 students. The cost of the workshop is $25 per student or $20 for museum members.  Pre-paid reservations are required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471 or complete the registration form below and mail it and a check to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64506. 


Please call 816-232-8471 for more information on St. Joseph Museums exhibits, trips, and events.


Spring Annual Events

April 11, 2018 – Annual Volunteer Luncheon – The St. Joseph Museums will recognize Museum volunteers with a luncheon in their honor.       

May 22, 2018 – Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. The museum will host the tenth annual Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion.  We invite your group to join us for a  Mah Jongg Party in a beautiful mansion.  The afternoon will include a buffet lunch, plenty of time to play Mah Jongg, boutique shopping, party favors, and door prizes.  Pre-paid reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471. Bring your Mah Jongg set and join the fun! Admission:  $25 per person, $100 per table.


Summer Annual Events

June 1, 2018 – Rush for the Gold Patron’s Party – Hayseed Ball at the American Business & Technology University, (formerly the Wyeth Estate) 2300 Frederick Avenue – Join us for a western style dinner with ribs and brisket by the Gas House Gang as we reenact the 1921 Hayseed Ball with live music, square dancing demonstrations, and much more!
$75 per person – Paid reservations required. Please call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471 to make a reservation.


National and International Trips

Lloyd Walker and Robert Caldwell take a ride on a camel

Each year the St. Joseph Museum welcomes guests to come with them on trips where they explore the natural and cultural history (as well as wonderful regional cuisine) of Midwestern cities and cities around the world. Previous U.S. trips have included trips to Abraham Lincoln sites in Springfield, IL; Civil War battlefield sites in southwestern Missouri; and the Kansas Flint Hills prairie. Trips outside the country rotate between Italy, Greece, and Israel.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout Voices from the Past- Interpretive Tours of Mount Mora Cemetery; Each October  Experience the unique architecture in Mount Mora Cemetery and hear intriguing stories from St. Joseph’s past as you “meet” some of the city’s most fascinating former residents and maybe even a few “visitors.” The theme for 2018 will be “Voices of the Past Celebrates its Connection to St. Joseph’s 175th Anniversary.”  Tours will begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 and at 6:00 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19.  Tours will begin at the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau in downtown St. Joseph.  After “meeting” the first character of the evening and enjoying refreshments, participants will board the bus for Mount Mora Cemetery.  Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Tickets go on sale on July 1 and can be purchased at the Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 816-232-8471.


Year Round

The American Girl® Doll Club

Each month children will learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and games she might play. Children will get to craft something related to that American Girl to take home with them. The admission cost includes the program, craft session, and a snack. Reservations are required. Meets 2nd Sunday of the month at The St. Josep