Come explore our stories, our culture and our quirks. (You’ll go home inspired.)
We can’t tell you one great reason to visit St. Joseph … because there are one hundred. Set out for our brick streets downtown to see the Sculpture Walk and then for dinner and a show at the Robidoux Landing Playhouse. Take in the view of the rolling Missouri River and bluffs along the trail at the Remington Nature Center. Stroll miles and miles of paved parkway trails, or catch a summer KC Chiefs practice at Missouri Western State University. Enjoy crowd-friendly antics watching a Mustangs game, our wooden-bat league that boasts one of Midwest’s best community stadiums. Get inspired at the Walter Cronkite Memorial, the nationally-acclaimed Patee House Museum (a former 1860s “Wild West” hotel) or at the unusual Glore Psychiatric Museum collections. Kick back with a picnic during one of our downtown summer concerts or festivals, right in the heart of Coleman Hawkins Park. Sound uncommon? It is. Come see for yourself.
The Native American Collection at the St. Joseph Museum: Naturally Amazing.
From Civil War artifacts to intricate Native American pottery and rare dolls, the St. Joseph Museum has a story to share with everyone. However, the Native American history of the Northwest Missouri region is a highly-visited part of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., system.
Originally opened in 1927, the exhibits feature Native American items from 10 cultural regions of North America, including clothing, accessories, pottery, pipes, weapons, jewelry and archaeological items. The largest portion of the Native American collection was collected by St. Joseph resident Harry L. George. His collection showcases 4,000 objects, 200 books, numerous photographs and hundreds of pages of early 20th century correspondence between George and dealers, collectors and reservation agents all over the United States. The Smithsonian doesn’t even have some of what we have right here in St. Joseph!