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 sjm@stjosephmuseum.org.

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.

“Moon and Madness” Temporary Exhibit at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – Does the full moon really cause people to act strangely?  The Glore Psychiatric Museum temporary exhibit “The Moon and Madness” addresses that question.  This immersive exhibit encourages visitors to imagine taking a trip to the moon and explores whether the Moon affects human behavior.  Children and adults will learn about the solar system, phases of the moon, and how solar eclipses occur.

December 9, 2017 –  Santa Visits the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, Noon to 3 p.m. –  Visits with Santa are free and visitors are welcome to take personal photos. The first 100 children will have the opportunity to make a foam ornament craft to take home. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Sponsored by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 – “ArchKIDtecture” Workshop for Kids – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This architecture workshop for children in kindergarten through 6th grade will be led by architects Sara Markt and Max Guenther. Workshop participants will explore how shapes, angles, material, color, and landscape combine to create structures and cityscapes. They will learn to identify different architectural elements and styles and gain an appreciation for the architectural landscape of the area.  A pizza lunch will be provided and each student will receive a copy of the new ABC’s of Architecture, a coloring book featuring St. Joseph buildings.  The cost is $25 per student and reservations and required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 – The American Girl® Doll Club – The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. The featured dolls for January are Kit Kitteridge and Ruthie Smithens.  The cost of each session is $8 per child or $6 for museum members, which includes the program, craft session, and snack. Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at sarah@stjosephmuseum.org.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 – The American Girl® Doll Club – The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. The featured doll for February is Melody Ellison.  The cost of each session is $8 per child or $6 for museum members, which includes the program, craft session, and snack. Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at sarah@stjosephmuseum.org.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – The American Girl® Doll Club – The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. The featured doll for March is Mary Ellen Larkin.  The cost of each session is $8 per child or $6 for museum members, which includes the program, craft session, and snack. Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at sarah@stjosephmuseum.org.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – The American Girl® Doll Club – The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. The featured doll for April is Saige Copeland.  The cost of each session is $8 per child or $6 for museum members, which includes the program, craft session, and snack. Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at sarah@stjosephmuseum.org.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 – The American Girl® Doll Club Meets at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion – Join in a tea party and a look at the story of three St. Joseph sisters from the Owen family and their unique contributions to their chosen fields.  All of the American Girl® Dolls in St. Joseph Museum collection will be on display during the event.  Club members will have the chance to vote for which dolls and stories they would like to explore each month in the next school year.  The cost of the tea party is $8 per child or $6 for museum members.  Each student may bring one guest free of charge.  Any additional guests are $5 each.  Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at sarah@stjosephmuseum.org.

 

 

 

Please call 816-232-8471 or 800-530-8866 for more information on St. Joseph Museums exhibits and events.

 

 

                                               

                                                     

 

 

 

Spring Annual Events

April 12, 2017 – Annual Volunteer Luncheon – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – The St. Joseph Museums will recognize Museum volunteers with a luncheon in their honor. By Invitation.

May 23, 2017 – Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. The museum will host the ninth 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, 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 2, 2017 – Rush for the Gold Patron’s Party – Purcell’s Deer Run, 9803 SE State Route T, Easton, Missouri, 64443 – 6 p.m. – You and your friends are invited to a western style dinner with a hog roast and all the trimmings, music, drinks, and a silent auction.  Reservations are required.  Admission:  $75 per person

 

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 a couple of “visitors.” The theme for 2017 will be “Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief.”  Tours will begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 and at 6:00 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. on October 20.  Tours begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, on 1100 Charles Street, in St. Joseph.  After “meeting” the first character of the evening and enjoying refreshments, participants 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. Joseph Museum.