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 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.
March 15 & 16, 2018 – Arts in the Ozarks Trip – Join the St. Joseph Museum and Friends of Rolling Hills Library for a two day and one night to the Ozarks to explore the arts!
The trip will being at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, at 7:30 a.m. on March 15 and the motor coach will return to the Museum at approximately 9 p.m. on March 16.
The first stop on the trip will Sandstone Gardens, which features a 50,000 sq. ft. showroom, inspired by the architecture and gardens of a “Turn of the Century” estate. Sandstone Gardens is known as a dining, shopping, and not-to-be- missed visual experience in Joplin, Missouri. Trip participants will enjoy lunch and shopping for accents and accessories for their home interior or garden landscape. After lunch, the tour continues on to the 4-star 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, rated one of the best in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. The trip will include a stay at the hotel and an art tour will be provided courtesy of the hotel’s museum curator. The second day of the trip will begin with an Osage Prairie breakfast buffet prepared by the hotel chef. Following breakfast there will be an opportunity to shop on the square in Bentonville and visit Walton’s, a museum to the story of Walmart Founder Sam Walton. In the evening, trip participants will dine at The Preacher’s Son, a beautiful restaurant house in a historic church building. On day two, guests will tour Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and take a break with a box lunch. A visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright house on the grounds is included. Sold Out!
March 22, 2018 – St. Joseph Women Program – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 6 p.m. – In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Joseph Museum’s Curator of Collections Sarah Elder will present “Women of St. Joseph.” This presentation features a sampling of women who made an indelible mark on the history of St. Joseph, Missouri, and in some cases, the world. Some of the names are just as well-known today as they were a century ago, while others have been lost to history, while one or two may even be described as notorious. There are educators, authors, nurses, doctors, scientists, and even a temperance leader.
Admission is free.
March 31, 2018 Easter Egg Hunt/Photos with the Easter Bunny- Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10:00 am. to 12:00 p.m. – The Easter bunny will be ready to greet visitors and pose with guests for family photos. Children can enjoy making an Easter craft and participate in an Easter egg hunt.
Admission is free.
April 6 & 7, 2018 – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion Opens for the Season – 1100 Charles Street, Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
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. The featured doll for April is Saige. 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.
April 11, 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 14, 2018 – Music at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles St. – 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music performed by five St. Joseph area bands with food and beverages available for purchase. Tour all three floors of the Mansion during the event. Admission: $5 at the door. Children 8 and under are free.
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.
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 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 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 Museum.