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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
January through June – The Secret Project Temporary Exhibit at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – The Secret Project is an ongoing collection of artwork inspired by secrets shared from around the world via social media, e-mail, and in person. To honor the “Secret Keepers” and their stories, artist Cristin Stevenson used repurposed materials to transform the anonymous secrets into mixed-media artworks. Visitors also have the opportunity to share their secrets anonymously in the exhibit area.
Movies at the Mansion!
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Enjoy four evenings this summer by taking in an outdoor movie at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. The Movies at the Mansion series will begin with the film Night at the Museum at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 816-232-8471.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – The Movies at the Mansion series continues with an outdoor showing of The Croods on Saturday, June 24. The event will also feature a program on the Missouri River courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The event begins at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 816-232-8471.
Friday, June 30, 2017 – The Movies at the Mansion series continues with an outdoor showing of Mr. Peabody and Sherman on Friday, June 30. The event begins at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 816-232-8471.
Saturday, July 8, 2017 – The Movies at the Mansion Series will feature an outdoor showing of Walking with Dinosaurs on Saturday, July 8. The event will also include a presentation on Mammoth fossils by Paleoartist Gary Staab. The event begins at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 816-232-8471.
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 21, 2017 – Path of Totality Luncheon at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – 10:00 a.m. – 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 he will escort them onto the beautiful grounds of the Mansion to experience this once in a lifetime event. 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 email@example.com.
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 Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institutions Washington, DC-based properties.
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
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 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.
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.