The St. Joseph Museum

American Indian Basket Collection - St. Joseph Museum

From Civil War artifacts to intricate Native American pottery and rare dolls, the St. Joseph Museum has a story to share with everyone.

The Native American history and cultural history of the unique northwest Missouri region is a highly-visited and fascinating part of the four museums in the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. system. It began in 1927 as the Children’s Museums of St. Joseph, and the exhibits help tell the story of the natural, cultural and Native American influences that continue to influence our world today.

An extensive collection of Native American items from ten cultural regions of North America includes clothing, accessories, fans, pottery, pipes, weapons, kachinas, jewelry and archaeological items. A doll collection that includes child-size dolls from the 1860s and a wall of shadowboxes with miniature dollhouse settings delight both children and adults. Dolls made of corn husks, porcelain, wood, and plastic showcase children’s dolls over the centuries.

The largest portion of the Native American collection was collected by St. Joseph resident Harry L. George.  To learn more about Mr. George and his collection, click here: Harry L. George Collection

Temporary Exhibits at the St. Joseph Museum

Tintype of Capt. John H. Kinyoun, commander, Twenty-Eighth North Carolina Infantry.  From the collection of Joseph Kinyoun Houts, Jr.Civil War Medicine:

You have heard about the battles, but do you know how soldiers were medically treated from the North to the South?   You can explore that topic when you visit the “Civil War Medicine” exhibit at the St. Joseph Museum.  The exhibit was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Through 2015, the St. Joseph Museum will have a Civil War Medicine Exhibition. In a 4-minute video, visitors witness the extent of battle casualties over the war’s four years.  Visitors can walk through an exhibit of a surgery in process and can read letters from Civil War nurses that describe their courageous work.  View the Gallery here, as well as other images of the St. Joseph Museum.