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Historic House Museums in Missouri

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Missouri current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Missouri that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Arrow Rock

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Arrow Rock State Historic Site

39521 Visitor Center Drive
Arrow Rock, MO  65320
Phone: (660) 837-3330

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

The site preserves a town that was founded in 1829 and includes the George C. Bingham House and the Dr. Matthew Hall House.

Butler

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Poplar Heights Farm

209 N Delaware
Butler , MO  64730
Phone: (660) 679-0764

Year Built: 1872
Admission Price: free
Hours: Contact Museum

Work has begun on restoring the main house. This Victorian gabled farm house was built about 1872 by John Walker. The floor plan is a traditional Latin cross layout. Extensive gingerbread and decorative shingles garnish the exterior.

Cape Girardeau

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Glenn House

325 South Spanish St
Cape Girardeau, MO 
Phone: (573) 335-1631 • Toll Free: (800) 777-0068

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: 1-4pm Sat-Sun, May thru Oct

Built in 1883 for David A. Glenn, an influential figure in Cape Girardeau history, The Glenn House was originally built in a vernacular farmhouse style. It was renovated in 1900 to the Queen Anne style (with Free Classic influences).

Carthage

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Phelp House

1146 Grand Avenue
Carthage, MO  64836
Phone: (417) 358-1776

Year Built: 1895
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Phelps Family residence now owned and operated by the carthage historical society

Clayton

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Hanley House

7600 Westmoreland
Clayton, MO  63105
Phone: (314) 290-8553

Year Built: 1855
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: See their website

Hanley House is the only rural landmark in the modern city of Clayton, and today is a house museum, revealing the personal story of the Hanley family and providing a link to the past before Clayton emerged as the county seat in 1878.

Crestwood

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Sappington House Complex

1015 S. Sappington Rd.
Crestwood, MO  63126
Phone: (314) 729-4720

Year Built: 1808
Admission Price: Adults $3, Children $1
Hours: 11am-2pm, Wed-Fri

A fine example of the Federal style, the two story brick home was built in 1808. A library and barn are also on the grounds.

Defiance

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Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

1868 Highway F
Defiance, MO  63341
Phone: (636) 798-2005

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The Daniel Boone Home is nestled upon the rolling hills of wine country and overlooks the Femme Osage Valley. This beautiful setting represents life in the early 1800’s from its adventures to its lifelong struggles. The Boone Home brings the legacy of Daniel Boone to life. Within the thick limestone walls, stories of a daring man offer a glimpse into family matters, risky adventures, and hard fought battles.

Florissant

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Taille de Noyer

1896 S. New Florissant Rd.
Florissant, MO  63031
Phone: (314) 839-3626

Year Built: 1790
Admission Price: Adults $2, Children $1
Hours: 1-4pm Sun

The Florissant Valley Historical Society is housed in the elegant Taille de Noyer House. Taille de Noyer is an historic antebellum home with stately pillars across the front veranda and is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homes in St. Louis County. The oldest section, a two-room log cabin used as a fur trading post, dates back to 1790.

Hannibal

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 North Main
Hannibal, MO  63401
Phone: (573) 221-9010

Year Built: 1843
Admission Price: Adults $11, Seniors $9, Children $6
Hours: 9am-5pm Daily

The home was built by Samuel Clemen's father in 1843, and Samuel lived there between the ages of 7 and 18. The restored home is decorated with period furnishings.

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Rockcliffe Mansion

1000 Bird Street
Hannibal, MO  63401
Phone: (573) 221-4140 • Toll Free: (877) 423-4140

Year Built: 1898
Admission Price: Adults $15, Senior $12, Students $9, Children $6
Hours: 10am-4pm Daily

Rockcliffe Mansion, built between 1898 and 1900 in the Georgian Revival Style, is a massive Gilded-Age grand residence, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Perched on a limestone bluff, overlooking the Mississippi River and the historic town of Hannibal below, its views are spectacular and unmatched.

Independence

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Bingham-Waggoner Estate

313 West Pacific
Independence, MO  64051
Phone: (816) 461-3491

Year Built: 1855
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 1-4pm Sun

Built in 1855, the 22 room mansion was the home of artist George Caleb Bingham from 1864 to 1870. In 1879 the Waggoner family purchased the estate. During the 1890s the house was extensively remodeled and it is being restored to that period.

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Harry S. Truman NHS

219 N. Delaware St.
Independence, MO  64050
Phone: (816) 254-9929

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $4
Hours: See their website

The Victorian house was the home of President and Mrs. Truman from their marriage in 1919 to their deaths. The house still contains their furnishings and other possessions.

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The Vaile Mansion

1500 North Liberty St.
Independence, MO  64050
Phone: (816) 325-7430

Year Built: 1881
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 1-4pm Sun, Apr-Oct

The 30 room mansion of Harvey Merrick Vaile was described as "the most princely house and the most comfortable home in the entire west" during its construction in the early 1880s. Besides elaborate architectural details and frescos, the house boasted such novel amenities as gas, water works and a wine cellar with a capacity of nearly 48,000 gallons. The downstairs parlors and second floor bedrooms have been restored and furnished in period. Other restoration work is still in progress.

Jefferson City

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Cole County Historical Society

109 Madison St.
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone: (573) 635-1850

Year Built: 1871
Admission Price: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth $2
Hours: 1-3pm Tue-Sat

The 1871 rowhouse built by Gov. B. Gratz Brown contains period furniture from historic homes in Cole County and exibits of inaugural ball gowns worn by many of the state's first ladies.

Kansas City

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John Wornall House Museum

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO  64113
Phone: (816) 444-1858

Year Built: 1858
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors/Children $5
Hours: See their website

A restored Greek Revival plantation house is furnished in period and includes a formal herb garden on the grounds.

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Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall

3218 Gladstone Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64123
Phone: (816) 460-2052

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, 12-4pm Sun

The 72 room Corinthian Hall was built by lumber king R.A. Long. The mansion now houses a museum with exhibits relating to life on the plains and Kansas City's role in the Westward Expansion.

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Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Si

3616 Belleview Ave.
Kansas City, MO  64111
Phone: (816) 931-5722

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

Thomas Hart Benton was one of Missouri's most noted artists from 1937 until his death in 1975. His Victorian house and carriage house studio contain many of his belongings.

Kearney

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Jesse James Farm

21216 James Farm Road
Kearney, MO  64060
Phone: (816) 736-8500

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors, $7, Children $4.50
Hours: See their website

Outlaw Jesse James was born in this house in 1847. The house contains many original furniture pieces. The admission also allows you to tour the 1858 Claybrook House which is being restored.

Kimmswick

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Anheuser Museum and Estate

Post Office Box 27
Kimmswick, MO  63053
Phone: (636) 464-4777

Year Built: 1867
Admission Price: Adults $5.00
Hours: 12:00pm to 4:00pm Thursday Apr-Oct

The home was built in 1867, sits at the south end of the town by the Mississippi River at Water's Point. The Anheuser family bought the estate in 1916 and used it as a summerhouse until 1945 when Mabel-Ruth and her husband, the late Frederick Straub Anheuser, moved there and named it Fredmar Farms.

Laclede

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Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home

1100 Pershing Dr.
Laclede, MO  64651
Phone: (660) 963-2525

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

The house is a shrine to the leader of America's forces in World War I and is furnished with antiques and personal belongings.

Lamar

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Harry S. Truman Birthplace

1009 Truman
Lamar, MO  64759
Phone: (417) 682-2279

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

The restored birthplace of President Truman.

Lawson

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Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

NE 161st Street and County Roa
Lawson, MO 
Phone: (816) 580-3387

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: 13 and over $3, 6-12 $1.50
Hours: See their website

Tour the Watkins family home and woolen mill for an unforgettable trip into the 1800s. This 2 ½ story Classic Revival home has been restored to its 1870s appearance. Built between 1850-1854, the home was made almost entirely from materials immediately available on the property.Highlights of the house tour include the semicircular semi-floating staircase, the formal parlor, guest rooms, and the summer kitchen.

Lexington

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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

1101 Deleware
Lexington, MO  64067
Phone: (660) 259-4654

Year Built: 1853
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” But it became more famous as the center of a bloody three-day Civil War battle in 1861. Walk through the Anderson House at Battle of Lexington Historic Site and marvel at the bullet holes still in the walls and evidence of the cannon shots.

Mansfield

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum

3068 Highway A
Mansfield, MO  65704
Phone: () - • Toll Free: (877) 924-7126

Year Built: 1913
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $6
Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 12:30-5pm Sun, Mar thru Nov 15

As visitors make their trek to the historic Rocky Ridge Farm, the first sight they’ll see is Laura’s and Almanzo’s beloved farmhouse. It remains as it was in 1957 and stands as an official project of the Save America’s Treasures National Trust for Historical Preservation.

Mexico

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Audrain County Historical Society and American Sad

501 S. Muldrow
Mexico, MO  65265
Phone: (573) 581-3910

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, 1-4pm Sun

Graceland was built in 1857 and the second owner, Colby T. Quisenberry, brought the first blooded horses into Audrain County from Kentucky. Rooms are furnished in period and a collection of wedding dresses and dolls.

New Madrid

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Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site

312 Dawson Road
New Madrid, MO  63869
Phone: (573) 748-5340

Year Built: 1860
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site preserves a now-vanished part of Missouri: The stately Bootheel mansion. Filled with original pieces and furnished in the style it was in during its heydays of the 1860s-1880s, the ornate mansion provides a history lesson in every corner. In fact, most of the original furnishing purchased by Amanda Hunter, the house's first owner (with her husband William) are still in the house.

Sedalia

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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

19349 Bothwell State Park Road
Sedalia, MO  65301
Phone: (660) 827-0510

Year Built: 1897
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

Built in four stages from 1897 to 1928, this home was the country retreat of lawyer and businessman John Homer Bothwell. The home is furnished much as it was when he died in 1929.

St. Charles

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The Haviland Museum

625 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO  63301
Phone: (636) 946-9444

Year Built: 1838
Admission Price: $4.50
Hours: By Appointment

The Haviland Museum is located within the historic Newbill-McElhiney House, in historic St. Charles, Missouri. The southern portion of the Federal-styled house was built in 1838 by Franklin S. Newbill, a wealthy St. Charles mill owner. In 1858, a prominent physician and state legislator, Dr. William McElhiney, gave the house a symmetrical look by building a three story addition and an attic on the original house.

St. Joseph

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Jesse James Home

1202 Penn
St. Joseph, MO  64503
Phone: (816) 232-8206

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth $2
Hours: See their website

See the house where outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed by fellow gang member Bob Ford on April 3, 1882. Exhibits include artifacts from Jesse's grave. Located on the grounds of Patee House Museum.

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Robidoux Row

Third & Poulin Sts.
St. Joseph, MO 
Phone: (816) 232-5861

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, 1-4pm Sun

This row of buildings was built by city founder Joseph Robioux as temporary housing for newly arrived settlers. Four restored units remain of the building's original seven connected houses, and they are furnished with original and period pieces.

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St. Joseph Museum

3406 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO  64508
Phone: () - • Toll Free: (800) 530-8866

Year Built: 1879
Admission Price: Adults $5, Students $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Fri-Sat, mid Apr to late Nov

Housed in the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle mansion, the museum features exhibits on American Indian materials, vertebrate natural history, St. Joseph history, and the Civil War and Victorian periods.

St. Louis

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Campbell House Museum

1508 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO  63103
Phone: (314) 421-0325

Year Built: 1851
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children $2
Hours: 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, 12-4pm Sun

Built in 1851, the first house in the ele­gant Lucas Place neigh­bor­hood, the Camp­bell House was the home of renowned fur trader and entre­pre­neur Robert Camp­bell and his fam­ily from 1854 until 1938. The museum con­tains hun­dreds of orig­i­nal Camp­bell pos­ses­sions includ­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ings, cloth­ing, let­ters, car­riages and a unique set of inte­rior pho­tographs taken in the mid-1880s.

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Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

3352 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, MO  63118
Phone: (314) 771-5828

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: 11am-2pm Wed-Fri, 11am-3pm Sat

The Chatillon DeMenil House is a magnificent example of the late Greek Revival style in St. Louis, but its significance is more than architectural. The house embodies the stories of the families who lived here, including members of the founding families of St. Louis and Carondelet, a nationally known Western trailblazer, the family of an Oglala leader, the first chain drugstore operator in St. Louis, and a literary scholar who was a director of the 1904 World’s Fair.

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Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum

634 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO  63102
Phone: (314) 421-4689

Year Built: 1845
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $1
Hours: 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, 12-4pm Sun, Mar to Dec

This house was Eugene's boyhood home, and during their residence here his father Roswell M. Field served as the Attorney who took Dred Scott's freedom suit into the Federal Courts, leading to the infamous Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sandford.

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General Daniel Bissell House

10255 Bellefontaine Road
St. Louis, MO  63137
Phone: (314) 615-5270

Year Built: 1812
Admission Price: Adults $4, Children $2
Hours: By Appointment

The General Daniel Bissell House was built between 1812 and 1820 and is an outstanding and early example of the Federal style of architecture in the Missouri Territory. Daniel Bissell was an important figure in the early military history of the region, and the house reflects its occupancy by five generations of his family before they gave it to St. Louis County in 1961 with many of its original furnishings. The house is open for tours by advance reservation only.

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Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63110
Phone: (314) 577-5100

Year Built: 1849
Admission Price: Adults $4, Seniors $3
Hours: See their website

Located on the garden property is the 1849 Tower Grove House. The restored house was the residence of Henry Shaw, who founded the garden in 1858. The house features period furnishings, utensils, and clothing.

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Samuel Cupples House & Gallery

3673 West Pine Mall
St. Louis, MO 
Phone: (314) 977-2666

Year Built: 1888
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 11am-4pm Tue-Sat

Built by Samuel Cupples in 1890 at a cost of $500,000, the 42 room Romaneque mansion is constructed out of intricately carved sandstone and granite. The interior features paneling of exotic woods, parquet floors, Tiffany stained glass, and St. Louis ironwork. The house is furnished with period pieces. The former bowling alley now serves as an art gallery.

Ste. Genevieve

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Amoureux House

327 St. Mary’s Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO  63670
Phone: (573) 883-7102

Year Built: 1785
Admission Price: Adults $4, Students $2.50
Hours: See their website

Built in 1785, it is one of the oldest Creole houses in existence. Silver, china, glass, antique dolls and toys are displayed.

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Bolduc House Museum

125 South Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO  63670
Phone: (573) 883-3105

Year Built: 1792
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children $2
Hours: See their website

In 1792 French-speaking Monsieur Louis Bolduc joined the other residents of the old town of Sainte Genevieve in the task of relocating the entire town inland about three miles away from its original location on the Mississippi River just west of Kaskaskia of the Illinois Country. This happened after the floods of 1785 inundated the village’s houses up to the rafters yet again. Unable to salvage much of his original house due to the damage from the flood water,dendrochronology reveals that there is at least one board in the Bolduc House ceiling which may have been salvaged from the original house in the old town.

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Felix Valle House State Historic Site

198 Merchant St.
Ste. Genevieve, MO  63670
Phone: (573) 883-7102

Year Built: 1818
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

Felix Vallé House State Historic Site is composed of several buildings that preserve and interpret notable examples of the architecture and history for which the community is widely known. The Felix Vallé House, built in 1818, was designed as a combination mercantile store and residence for its original owner, Jacob Philipson. Built of native limestone, its Federal-style architecture demonstrates the American influence on the community in the decades following the Louisiana Purchase. The home was sold to the prominent Vallé family of Ste. Genevieve in 1824 and served as a location for the trading firm of Menard & Vallé, as well as the residence of Felix and Odile Vallé.

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Guibourd-Vallé House

4th & Merchant Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 
Phone: (573) 883-7544

Year Built: 1806
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: See their website

Built in 1806 by Jacques Guibourd, this poteaux sur-sol (post on sill) home features not only vertical log construction, but also the use of the classic Norman truss.

Webster Groves

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Hawken House

1155 South Rock Hill Road
Webster Groves, MO  63119
Phone: (314) 968-1857

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults/Seniors $4, Children under 12 free
Hours: 11-3:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4:00pm Sundays

This beautiful two story Federal style home sits in Southwest Park in Webster Groves Missouri. The home was built in 1857 by Christopher Hawken for his wife, Mary Ann Eads and features period furnishings. Christopher's father, Jacob, developed the Hawken rifle. The Hearth Room is also on premise and can be rented for weddings, receptions and business functions.

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