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Independence, Missouri

From rugged frontier trails bound for fortune in the west to opulent Victorian mansions buit for 19th century entrepeneurs. From infamous outlaws to hometown hero Harry S. Truman. From bloody border battles of the Civil War to the inspiring heritage of world-renowned religiouns that call Independence "Zion". Independence is a time capsule of American dreams and American adventure. Enjoy our sixteen heritage sites as well as wonderful shopping, great restaurants, numerous hotels, motels and charming B & Bs. Come visit historic Independence, a true American Original.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Mormon Visitors Center

Learn about the key roles Mormons played in the early and tempestuous history of Independence. See rare artifacts, exhibits and artwork documenting the history and belief of the Saints. Of particular note is a two story mural entitled "The Second Coming of Jesus Christ."

Independence, MO Museums

Harry S. Truman Courtroom and Office

Restored office courtroom used by Truman while gresiding judge of county court in 1930s. Sound and light show, "The Man from Independence," on Truman'

Independence, MO Museums

Vaile Victorian Mansion

Recognized as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the US, this opulent 1881 estate boasted coveniences such as flushing toilets, a built in 6,000 gallon water tank and a 48,000 gallon wine celler. This 31-room mansion includes 9

Independence, MO Museums

Truman Presidential Museum and Library

Multimedia and interactive exhibits on Truman Presidency. Artifacts and materials from Truman Administration. Oval Ofice reproduction. White House gallery. President and Mrs. Truman's gravesites in courtyard. Film on Truman presidency by award winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim. Children'

Independence, MO Museums


Things to do near Independence, MO

Jesse James Farm and Museum

History comes alive at the Jesse James Farm and Museum. Visit the place where the legend began. See the world's largest disp...

Wild Rose Equine Center

Scenic, one-hour guided trail rides; Tues. - Sunday, by reservations. Picnic area, kpetting zoo. We also offer hayrides, less...

Wabash Blues Garden

Outdoor blues concerts on Saturday nights. Food and drinks available. Bonds perform from Wabash BBQ's Ice House....

Northland Exposure Artist's Gallery

Local artist owned art gallery featuring paintings, pottery, wood, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, fiber art, and much mor...

Herbert Bonnell Museum

Farmhouse from mid-1800s with original furnishings, large arrowhead collection and out buildings with items from that era. Pi...