WHAT YOU’LL SEE: View authentic trail artifacts, read quotations from diaries, letters and journals kept by the pioneers, and engage in hands-on activities.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: Discover the excitement, challenges and heartbreak faced by pioneers as they headed West during America's expansion in the 1800s. Relive the drama where ordinary people, just looking to create a better life, dared to risk it all and ended up changing the world.
WHAT’S NEW: New special exhibit TransformKC, will showcase the potential impact of rail-based transportation on the Kansas City region. This three month-long exhibition is free of charge and open to the public July 14 - September 26, 2014.
SPECIALL DATES FOR 2014: Civil War Encampment - Saturday, July 19 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet Civil War soldiers and cavalry officers, learn about medicine, weapons, and living conditions during the war. Learn about the history of the two Battles of Independence. Make your own pretend bullet from a mold and write with a quill pen. Refreshments are provided. Outdoor activities are free. Wagon rides are free with museum admission.
Experience American Indian Culture - Saturday, August 16 | 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Learn about life skills of American Indians, enjoy dancers, flute performances, American Indian crafts, games and demonstrations. Make a special craft project. Refreshments are provided. Outdoor activities are free. Wagon rides are free with museum admission.
– Information provided by Emily Crawford, Independence Tourism Department
ADDRESS: 318 W. Pacific Ave.
HOURS: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-Sat.; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sun.
TICKETS: $6 adults; $5 seniors 62+; $3 kids 6-17; Free for kids under 6.