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 1 through October 29, 2016. 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.

 

July 29, 2017 – In Their Own Words – Book Release Reception – Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 2 to 4 p.m.In Their Own Words is an oral history of African Americans in St. Joseph, Missouri.  They generously opened up and shared the story of their lives, their values, and their memories of life in St. Joseph.  Now MWSU Professor Bill Church, Ph.D has transcribed their stories into book form.  Copies of In Their Own Words will be available for purchase.  Admission is free.  Refreshments will be served. 

August 1, 2017 – Lunar Sample 70035,41 (021)  (Moon Rock) Exhibit – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – An Apollo 17 lunar sample collected by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt near the landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley region of the moon will be on exhibit at the St. Joseph Museum for three months.  This lunar sample weights 118.062 grams.  It is a fragment of the original rock, which weighed 5,765 grams.  The sample is a mare basalt.  The rock, like all basalts, is very old, about 3,750,000,000 years, older than 99, 99% of all surface rocks.  Scientific research is being conducted on the balance of the sample on exhibit, which is on loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  The exhibit is made possible by VekTek LLC, the global leader in precision hydraulic clamping, which is located in St. Joseph.  St. Joseph Museum Trustee and VekTek Marketing Director Tanner Mayhew flew to Houston, Texas, to bring the Moon Rock safely to St. Joseph.  The United States is the only country to have landed a man on the Moon.  There were six successful manned lunar landings from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to Apollo 17 in 1972.  The Moon Rock will return to Houston in October.

August 1, 2017 – “Moon and Madness” Exhibit Opens at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – Does the full moon really cause people to act strangely?  The Glore Psychiatric Museum will open a special exhibit “The Moon and Madness” in August to help address 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.

August 9, 10, and 11, 2017 – Solar Science Camp – The next total solar eclipse, which will occur on August 21, 2017, is likely to be the most-viewed ever.  In St. Joseph, the 5th largest city along the path, viewers will experience just over 2 minutes and 38.6 seconds of totality, only 1.4 seconds short of the maximum time possible along the path.   Of course, there is lots of excitement about the upcoming eclipse and children are bound to have heard about it and have questions.  To give them an opportunity to explore the topic, the St. Joseph Museum will host a Solar Science Camp where campers can experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion, see the solar system, and learn more about the total solar eclipse and St. Joseph’s location in the path of totality.  The camp will be held for students entering the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade from August 9 through August 11.  Camp will begin at 12:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  Snacks will be provided each day of camp.

Space for Solar Science Camp is limited and paid reservations are required for the camp by July 31. The cost of the camp is $50, which includes snacks, the camp t-shirt, all activities, supplies, and solar eclipse glasses.  Children can be registered for the camp at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, or the registration form below can be printed and mailed to the St. Joseph Museum, P.O. Box 8096, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64508.   For more information or to make a reservation by phone, call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471.   CAMP IS FILLED!

August 19, 2017 – Historic Missouri Roadsides by Bill Hart – Author Appearance at the Wyeth- Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. to noon & again at 2 to 4 p.m. – It is your opportunity to ask for a bit of travel advice from the author himself as Bill Hart brings Historic Missouri Roadsides to the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.  His book is a richly illustrated travel/history/photography book, consisting of six tours of Missouri on two-lane roads and highways. Varying greatly in length, five of the six tours mark their beginning points near Kansas City and St. Louis, making the tours attractive to Missouri ”staycationers” who are eager to get out of the city.  Places to eat, drink, visit, shop and stay are listed in the book and include only small, Missouri-owned businesses. Don’t look for McDonald’s here – only real places owned by real people and keeping it local. This book features photographs by the author as well as postcards and mementos from his personal collection.  Admission is free.   (The author is donating $5 from each book sold to the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.)

August 21, 2017 –  Path of Totality Luncheon at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street  – The commanding height of Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hill, the impressive tower, and remarkable view of the Missouri River  make it the perfect location to watch a total solar eclipse.  Inspired by the original owners trips to castles along the Rhine River, the location will give an exclusive group of 80 guests a taste of European architecture as they enjoy a gourmet lunch before viewing the eclipse.  Astronomer Bob Sandy of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City will be on hand to share his knowledge of the celestial mechanics and timing involved in a total solar eclipse.  Guests will be provided with eclipse eyeglasses and will be escorted onto the beautiful grounds of the Mansion to experience this once in a lifetime event.  The cost is $35 per person and pre-paid reservations are required.  The luncheon is sold out!  

September 10, 2017 – 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.  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.

September 23, 2017 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – All St. Joseph Museums sites will participate in the annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to the public.  A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian™ Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties.  Guided tours of the Museums will be given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m.  Admission will be free to the public during the regular St. Joseph Museum hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 23, 2017 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  Docents will be available as guests explore the 1879 Mansion and the exhibits on St. Joseph history.  Admission will be free to the public during the regular Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 7, 2017 – Spend the Night at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave. – 3:00 p.m. to after breakfast – Here is your opportunity to experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum as part of an exclusive group of overnight guests.  Tour the museum and tunnel, hang-out with the Museum staff, and participate in a paranormal investigation.  Space is limited to 30 guests. Admission:  $125 per person, which includes dinner, paranormal investigation, a movie, overnight stay, and breakfast.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Bring your sleeping bag or air mattress!  Payment is due at the time of registration.  

October 8, 2017 – 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.  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.

Oct. 14, 2017 – Mummies & Mobsters Trip – Starting from the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 2 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m. – This fall adventure will begin with Mummies of the World:  The Exhibition at Union Station in Kansas City.  The exhibition brings visitors the largest collection of real mummies and artifacts ever assembled.  They provide a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world and offer unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.  The Kansas City Gangster Tour is the next activity on the trip beginning with Union Station, which according to reports, is home to a few ghosts.  In 1933, Union Station was the site of a so-called “massacre” when a gunfight broke out between federal agents, local police, and a few infamous gangsters. On the 90-minute motor coach tour “Johnny Holiday” shares stories about “Boss Tom” Pendergast and points out where speakeasies and gambling halls once operated, where mobsters once lived and worked, and where major turf wars and infamous crimes took place.  After the tour, it will be time for dinner at the award winning Italian restaurant Garozzo’s, established in 1989 in the City Market.  Dinner will include an appetizer, salad, a choice of one of five entrees (including their signature dish, Chicken Spiedini Garozzo) and dessert.  Cost:  $140 for museum members, $160 for non-members – All gratuities, step-on guide service, exhibit tickets, dinner, and luxury motor coach transportation are included. 

Oct. 19 & 20, 2017 – Voices from the Past:  Interpretive Tours of Mount Mora Cemetery –  Tours begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion with tour times are 6 and 7 p.m. on October 19 & tours at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on October 20 – 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. This year the theme for the tales is Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief.  Tours will begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, on 1100 Charles Street, where you will meet the first character of the evening and enjoy fall refreshments.  Then it is on to the bus for a brief ride to Mount Mora Cemetery.  The cost of the tours is $20 for museum members and $22 for non-members.  Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required.  Please call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471 to make reservations and purchase your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue. 

November 4, 2017 – Spend the Night at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 3:00 p.m. to after breakfast – Here is your opportunity to experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum as part of an exclusive group of overnight guests.  Tour the museum and tunnel, hang-out with the Museum staff, and participate in a paranormal investigation.  Space is limited to 30 guests.  Admission:  125 per person, which includes dinner, a movie, overnight stay, and breakfast.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Bring your sleeping bag or air mattress!  Payment is due at the time of registration.  

November 12, 2017 – 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.  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.

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.