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1859 Jail , Marshal's Home and Museum


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The dungeon-like cells of the 1859 Jail housed thousands of prisoners including Frank James and William Clark Quantrill of Quantrill's Raiders .Both the Jail and the Marshal's HOme have been painstakingly resotred and boast a superb historical collection. The adjacent museum is filled with artifacts, photos and documents of the Civil War/frontier era.


Admission: $4 adults, $3.50 srs, $1 6-16
Hours: 10-4 Mon-Sat, 1-4 Sun, closed Jan & Feb.
Address: 217 N. Main
Phone: 816-252-1892

Come visit us in Independence, Missouri

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

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Home of the 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, his wife Bess and daughter Margaret. During his presidency, the home at 219

Independence, MO Famous Homes


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

Things to do near Independence, MO

Pirtle Winery

Visit award-winning winery housed in historic 1867 church for your initial wine sampling. Then escape to serene wine garden ...

Paradise Park Family Fun

Family fun and recreation that includes an 18-hole miniature golf course, driving range, batting cages, arcade and snack bar....

Renner-Brenner Park

Playground Equipment, volleyball court, walking trail, shelter house, gazebo, amphitheater, grill and picnic tables....

Jerry Litton Visitor Center

Visitor and Information Center with maps, brochures, museum videos, exhibits and a viewing tower for Smithville Lake....