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Jesse James Bank Museum

103 N Water St, Liberty, MO 64068-1736
+1 816-736-8510
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Enjoyed the history ascpect.

Traveling from Glendale, AZ. Made a point of stopping here on our exploits. 09172017. This was... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Marsha L
Interesting stop...

Very interesting museum at the edge of the town square. This was the bank the James gang held up... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
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It was a cold and snowy February afternoon when a group of horsemen rode into Liberty, Missouri. After a short time, gunshots broke the winter silence as the men rode off with their loot leaving one young college student dead and the town in shock. The Jesse James Bank, located on the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, was the site of the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. While the robbers were never caught, the crime as attributed to the infamous James Gang. Visitors see bank as it was in 1866. Period furnishings fill the room and one become immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller. As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers. Among the furnishings, a rare Seth Thomas clock, set for the exact time and date of the robbery, February 13, 1866. Many photographs and other documents are on display for the public to view. A museum store offers many historical books, period style toys and games, and other fun souvenir keepsakes.The Jesse James Bank Museum is operated by the Department of Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites and Tourism.
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103 N Water St, Liberty, MO 64068-1736
+1 816-736-8510
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Traveling from Glendale, AZ. Made a point of stopping here on our exploits. 09172017. This was an enjoyable experience. The curator was personable and informative. We are glad we did this visit. Cost for Seniors $6.00 each. Most souvenir items are a bit steep.

Thank Marsha L
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Very interesting museum at the edge of the town square. This was the bank the James gang held up and it was the first bank robbery in the US. The displays were interesting and our tour guide was excellent.

Thank rduinc
Reviewed 30 May 2017

On our way by car to the James Homestead in Kearney, we stopped off at this evocative building to give background to the event in 1866, which was the first ever daytime bank raid in the US. Many thanks to the enthusiastic guide Sue for...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I love this place because it has so much history! The robbery actually happened here! It's great for history lovers, or someone wanting to learn a little about their city!

Thank 330patriciae
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Interesting tour of the small bank where the James gang did their first bank robbery on Feb 13, 1866. As the tour guide explained, it was most likely Frank James and Arch Clement that came into the bank while the rest of the gang were...More

Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Kind of pricey at $6.50 but the tour giver was very informative . was a one room bank and the story behind the robbery is excellent. Original safe still there.

Thank spfldeater
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this and it was so interesting learned so much about Jesse James family. It is well kept and very friendly staff. Definately a must see. Loved it

Thank 19,661,963
Reviewed 16 September 2016

If your into the Old West this is a great stop. To stand in the same exact bank that Jesse James robbed is quite an experience. It is small and there are a few exhibits and artifacts to see also. Plan on one hour or...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Enter this old building and step back in time. The site, once the Clay County Saving Association, was the scene of America's first daylight bank robbery on Feb. 13, 1866. Exactly a century later, it became a museum, with the original vault still in place....More

1  Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

A nice small museum and tour. Good information. Friendly staff. A decent hour or less worth of information.

Thank Bernardo F
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