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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

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Address: 217 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
Phone Number: 18162521892
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13:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Jail built in 1859, and operated as a county jail until 1933. The infamous...

Jail built in 1859, and operated as a county jail until 1933. The infamous Frank James was incarcerated here. Learn about the evolution of justice on the Missouri frontier.

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Nice little stop

Had a well spent 30 minutes at this small museum. If you take som time to read everything it's a nice collection of history. The tour is self guided, which I think suits this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bergen, Norway
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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a well spent 30 minutes at this small museum. If you take som time to read everything it's a nice collection of history. The tour is self guided, which I think suits this place well.

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Brandon, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was AWESOME. We had such a good time. It is a good history lesson for the area and if you like a little creepy and ghost talk this is the tour for you!!! We first did a horse drawn covered wagon ride that takes you through downtown telling ghost stories and just plain having fun while giving you some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

$5 to get in and do a self guided tour. I found it interesting and well set up. I recommend it as a cheap side attraction

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Thank Megan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Self guided tour taking approximately 45 minutes. I would love to do the ghost tours at night. I have been here twice and it is very interesting. The person taking your money can give you information before you go on your tour to give you a idea about what to look for specifically including the cell that Frank. I also... More 

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1 Thank Kristie H
Independence, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I took my Grandson here to take a break from Pokemon hunting on the Independence Square and it was quite a treat. I only paid $9 for both of us and it took us around 45 minutes to complete the self guided tour. Interesting.

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1 Thank pdonnici88
Independence, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

It's an interesting place to visit. We enjoyed the ghost tour. They have wagon rides near by and some nice historical homes.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting small museum in the heart of downtown Independence MO, featuring small town life of 150 years ago and providing details about the curious lives of the James brothers, Jesse and Frank and the jail cell that held FrankJames as if he were royalty (as a western RobinHood) the manager/ticket taker is very helpful. Locates next to the Ticket... More 

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1 Thank RNMBAJD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This is located right next to visitor center in downtown Independence. Didn't open until 10am on Friday so be aware. Good artifacts and cool to see the old stone cells. Little museum behind it. Okay value for the money but would have felt better if we paid half as much. Depends on how much of a history buff you are... More 

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Omaha, NE
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Nice stop along the historic strip of the city. It is a self guided tour so it can be a pretty short stop unless you take the time to stop and look and read everything. Tour includes the Marshal house, original cell block, cell expansion turned county museum, and a small one room school house. Glad we stopped, but probably... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This jail held Frank James and William Quantrill. It is impeccably restored and tells "the other side of the story" regarding Quantrill's Raiders and the beginnings of the James gang. I won't spoil the story but suffice it to say that the actions of Quantrill's Raiders was a compartively weak revenge of the atrocities of the Union Army in Jackson... More 

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