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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

217 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
+1 816-252-1892
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well worth the time

It is surprising the history and how well preserved everything is. We like to take out of town... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Martha A H
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Independence, Missouri
Interesting

This is a self guided tour, interesting and doesn't take long. It was a fun look back at history... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
bblomlie3
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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.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good54%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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217 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050-2804
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+1 816-252-1892
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is surprising the history and how well preserved everything is. We like to take out of town family there to get a peek into how the early settlers lived.

Thank Martha A H
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This is a self guided tour, interesting and doesn't take long. It was a fun look back at history. I think it was a volunteer sitting at the desk when we walked in, she did not seem very welcoming or enthusiastic. Which was a shame,...More

1  Thank bblomlie3
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

The staff offered a tour. The guy there just sat by his desk talking forever about random things from that time period. Not as knowledgeable as I would have liked. The actual museum was somewhat off topic. The only interesting part was the actual cells.

Thank Leaveen
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

This was the one high point of history in Independence Square...the only historical building in the area that has been preserved. Our family of 5 (kids 16, 11, & 9) enjoyed imagining the marshal's family living in the home and the Civil War era prisoners...More

Thank RollingSuburban5
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a nice, small self guided tour. It has interesting facts about the history of the jail. You can step in some of the cells. One cell is furnished similarly to the conditions Frank James was housed. A lot of information to read, but...More

Thank JDV288
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

A small fee to tour this jail and home. One of the James brothers was housed here. There are some good displays in here.

Thank Beverly2505
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

This is an interesting self-guided location. It has tidbits re: Frank and Jesse James and the actual jail cells used at the time.

Thank camerica1st
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

If you love history or law enforcement or you just think old stuff is cool you'll like this place. It is small and self guided. It cost me $6 for myself and $3 for my 6 year old. The jail cells are cold, but they...More

Thank jeh15343
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

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.

Thank Thomas1406
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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...More

1  Thank michelle2016OSU
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