St. Joseph Arts & Culture

Patee House

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

Whether your group is looking to make history or relive it, St. Joseph is the place to do it. Home to 17 distinctive area museums, 12 annual festivals, and over 17 districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there is literally a story to tell around every corner. The Pony Express had its starting point in St. Joseph, Lewis and Clark traversed the area on their return trip in 1806, and outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed in his St. Jo home in 1882. Your group is invited to revel in the tales scattered throughout the city.

St. Joseph has plenty to offer in arts and culture as well. The town has a world-class art museum, a renowned symphony orchestra and outstanding theatrical productions at the historic Missouri Theater. Don’t forget to check out what’s going on at Missouri Western State University, where you can always find an art exhibit, concert, or show!


Day One
9:00am – 12:00pm
Start off with a tour of the Patee House Museum, the former headquarters of the Pony Express and finest hotel west of the Mississippi. The museum features two full floors of exhibits including horse-drawn hearses, model railroads, the vintage Wild Thing Carousel, stagecoaches, a blacksmith shop, antique furniture and toys, and a wing designed to look like the streets of Old St. Jo. Don’t forget to stop at the home where Jesse James met his violent end.

12 – 4:00pm
Mount up and head to the Pony Express National Museum. The famous mail delivery service started within these walls on April 3, 1860. Your guide will give a personalized tour of exhibits covering the creation, running and demise of the Pony Express. Contact the Pony Express National Museum to make arrangements for your group’s catering needs. They can fit any budget for catering along with museum tours.

4 – 10:00pm
Settle into your hotel and head over to the JC Wyatt House. This 1891 historic home serves wonderful cuisine in an authentic Victorian atmosphere (by reservation only). Spend the rest of your evening at the Missouri Theater. As with many of these old theaters, it too has a wonderful story and a variety of entertainment.


Day Two
10:00am – 1:00pm
Your group will enjoy a leisurely walk through the exhibits at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. They house one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American art in the Midwest. Call ahead to find out whose artwork will be featured during your visit and food arrangements can be made at the AKMA café.

1– 4:00pm
Since it was founded 1843, St. Joseph has been a hub for trading, buying and selling. The original trading posts of the 1800s have been replaced with shopping districts, antique stores and large enclosed malls. The Jesse James Antique Mall offers over 110 booths, 160 showcases and 40 small shelving areas throughout two large rooms, making it the region’s largest antique mall and a must-stop for your group. Other popular shopping options are the Shoppes at North Village, Stetson Hat Company Outlet Store, and the East Hills Mall.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please call the St. Joseph CVB at 800-785-0360 or visit them online at

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