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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
April 18, 2018 – St. Joseph Museums Annual Volunteer Luncheon – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, Noon
The St. Joseph Museums will recognize Museum volunteers with a luncheon in their honor.
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April 21, 2018 – Coffee and Gingerbread at the Mansion – Stop by the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles St., for coffee and a discussion of stained glass window and art glass care and repair . The Coffee and Gingerbread series on history, architecture, and old home care and repair will be held at 10 a.m. every third Saturday through October. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information on upcoming topics and the Coffee and Gingerbread Swap Meet, visit https://www.facebook.com/stjosephmuseums/ or call 816-232-8471.
April 21, 2018 – Join us for an Earth Day Celebration! – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street
Join in the fun as we plant seeds to grow butterfly and bee gardens at 11:30 a.m. At 12:30 there will be a demonstration on creating fairy habitats from gourds and natural and found objects. For children, there will be a free petting zoo on site from noon until 3 p.m.
April 28, 2018 – Beer Walk for the Arts – Allied Arts Council Event includes the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion – See the St. Joseph Allied Arts Council website for more details.
Enjoy historic architecture, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to sample a wide selection of beer.
April 28, 2018 Museum Hill Neighborhood Antique & Architectural Salvage Lawn Sale, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Museum Hill Neighborhood Assn. members will hold their annual antique and architectural salvage sale on the lawn of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.
Admission is free.
May 2 & 3, 2018 – 83rd Annual Tulip Time Festival & Amana Colonies Trip – The motor coach will leave from the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, at 7:30 a.m. on May 2 and return to the Museum at approximately 9 p.m. on May 3. – This year the first day of the trip will include a visit to the Amana Colonies. The stop will include a lunch featuring traditional German dishes, an introduction to area culture courtesy of a local historian, and a chance to browse the shops filled with handcrafted products. Then it’s on to Pella, Iowa, a European style village that makes guests feel like they stepped into the Netherlands with their Dutch architecture, charming tulip gardens, 1850s windmill, and traditional Dutch fare and clothing.
The fee for the trip is $225 for museum members and $245 for non-members. The cost includes all admission fees, double occupancy hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, step-on guide service, four meals, snacks, and tips. Pre-Paid reservations are required by April 2. Sold Out!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16, 2018 – Photography Workshop with Megan Wyeth – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 5 to 7 p.m.
Professional photographer Megan Wyeth will be holding a photography workshop for 15 students. Participants are welcome to bring any kind of a camera they wish (including camera phones). The workshop will provide information on how to see, experiment, work with lighting, and frame shots.
The fee for the workshop is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited to 15 students and paid reservations are required. Please call 816-232-8471 to make a reservation for the workshop.
Please call 816-232-8471 or 800-530-8866 for more information on St. Joseph Museums exhibits, trips, and events.
Click Below for the Brochure and Registration Form for Upcoming Trips!
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 ( Wythe Wood/Wyeth Estate) Frederick Avenue – Join us for a western style dinner with ribs and brisket by the Gas House Gang as we reenact the Hayseed Ball with square dance 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
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.
About 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.
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