Wornall/Majors House Museum

Wornall/Majors House Museum The John Wornall & Alexander Majors House Museums are among Kansas City's most historic structures! The Wornall/Majors House Museums manages two of Kansas City's most historic landmarks: the John Wornall House and the Alexander Majors House.

These homes serve as the place for dynamic history educational programming related to the Civil War, early Kansas City history, transportation and communication on the frontier, and the lives of women and minorities in these homes. The Wornall House, built in 1858, was the farmstead home of a prosperous farmer. It later served as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport, often called the "Ge

These homes serve as the place for dynamic history educational programming related to the Civil War, early Kansas City history, transportation and communication on the frontier, and the lives of women and minorities in these homes. The Wornall House, built in 1858, was the farmstead home of a prosperous farmer. It later served as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport, often called the "Ge

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Wanted: Young, skinny wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.Th...
11/02/2021
Wornall/Majors Book Club: Orphans Preferred

Wanted: Young, skinny wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.

The above is allegedly an ad for riders for the Pony Express. But where in those lines does the truth really lie? Join us on November 18 for a FREE online book club, where we'll discuss "Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express" and maybe even do some debunking of the debunking! Even if you don't have time to read the book, this discussion will be accessible to anyone!

Register at https://wmhmbookclub2.eventbrite.com to receive the online link!

Orphans Preferred offers a new look at the Pony Express!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first ever Historic Howloween! The Wornall lawn has always been a destination fo...
11/01/2021

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first ever Historic Howloween! The Wornall lawn has always been a destination for neighborhood dog walkers and this was our way of saying that you're always welcome here! (And a big thank you to our sponsors Bar K Dog Bar, Brookside Pet Training Studio, Woofgang Bakery, Pet Butler, and Pet Wants!)

How cute is this gift basket from Pet Wants? One lucky dog will take this basket home for winning Mr./Miss Congeniality ...
10/28/2021

How cute is this gift basket from Pet Wants? One lucky dog will take this basket home for winning Mr./Miss Congeniality in our dog parade and costume contest this Saturday! More details at https://wmhmhowloween.eventbrite.com.

How cute is this gift basket from Pet Wants? One lucky dog will take this basket home for winning Mr./Miss Congeniality in our dog parade and costume contest this Saturday! More details at https://wmhmhowloween.eventbrite.com.

Have you heard of the new Netflix show "The Harder They Fall"? It's a fantastical reimagining of some of the famed (and ...
10/27/2021

Have you heard of the new Netflix show "The Harder They Fall"? It's a fantastical reimagining of some of the famed (and forgotten) African American cowboys, outlaws, and pioneers of the Old West. You can watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/Poc55U2RPMw.

Want a primer on these historic figures? We invite you to visit our new exhibit at the Alexander Majors House, "Cowboys and Pioneers: The Black Experience in the American West", which features 10 fascinating African Americans who made their mark on the "Wild West". Free with admission to the Majors House!

Have you heard of the new Netflix show "The Harder They Fall"? It's a fantastical reimagining of some of the famed (and forgotten) African American cowboys, outlaws, and pioneers of the Old West. You can watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/Poc55U2RPMw.

Want a primer on these historic figures? We invite you to visit our new exhibit at the Alexander Majors House, "Cowboys and Pioneers: The Black Experience in the American West", which features 10 fascinating African Americans who made their mark on the "Wild West". Free with admission to the Majors House!

Is your dog signed up for our Historic Howl-o-ween event this Saturday, October 30? Best dog costume wins a doggie birth...
10/25/2021
Historic Howl-o-Ween

Is your dog signed up for our Historic Howl-o-ween event this Saturday, October 30? Best dog costume wins a doggie birthday party from @barkdogbar and second place wins a $50 gift card from WOOF GANG BAKERY! All participants receive a goody bag from Pet Butler.

Humans are welcome too! We'll have a scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, and pet training demonstrations.

Register or more info at https://wmhmhowloween.eventbrite.com

Dog Parade & Family Fun Tours

Join us tomorrow at the Wornall House for a Halloween themed The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair !
10/23/2021

Join us tomorrow at the Wornall House for a Halloween themed The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair !

#throwback to this spooky picture taken at the Majors House! Ghost Tours are sold out for the year, but we will be offer...
10/22/2021

#throwback to this spooky picture taken at the Majors House! Ghost Tours are sold out for the year, but we will be offering audio guided daytime ghost tours of the Majors House on October 30 while The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair is on site with a Halloween-themed Swing!

Happy Halloween! This is a picture that a ghost hunter took in the Majors House. Do you see the figure n the right side of the picture?

Kansas Citians have always loved their spooky stuff! "World famed mind reader and wonderfully gifted spiritual medium" J...
10/19/2021

Kansas Citians have always loved their spooky stuff! "World famed mind reader and wonderfully gifted spiritual medium" J. Randall Brown made his appearance at the Coates Opera House in Kansas City, shown here in this advertisement in The Kansas City Star/Evening Star Mail (June 15, 1883).

Looking for your own spooky experience? We have a small handful of Ghost Tour tickets left for this Friday! Details at https://wmghost2021.eventbrite.com

[Also pictured: Coates Opera House, 1871, from Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.]

Do you have your tickets for our Ghost Tours on October 22 & 29? đź‘» We are getting close to selling out, with approximate...
10/12/2021

Do you have your tickets for our Ghost Tours on October 22 & 29? đź‘» We are getting close to selling out, with approximately 75% of our tickets already claimed. You won't want to miss out on our all new experience at the Majors House, including our new 21+ tour with complimentary drink! Details at https://www.wornallmajors.org/ghosttours/

Do you have your tickets for our Ghost Tours on October 22 & 29? đź‘» We are getting close to selling out, with approximately 75% of our tickets already claimed. You won't want to miss out on our all new experience at the Majors House, including our new 21+ tour with complimentary drink! Details at https://www.wornallmajors.org/ghosttours/

This Indigenous People's Day, we recognize that the Wornall and Majors Houses are located on tribal land originally belo...
10/11/2021

This Indigenous People's Day, we recognize that the Wornall and Majors Houses are located on tribal land originally belonging to the Kickapoo, Kaw/Kansa, and Osage peoples.

This Indigenous People's Day, we recognize that the Wornall and Majors Houses are located on tribal land originally belonging to the Kickapoo, Kaw/Kansa, and Osage peoples.

Today is the day! The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is setting up for their concert on the John Wornall House grounds. F...
10/10/2021

Today is the day! The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is setting up for their concert on the John Wornall House grounds. Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. Join us for this beautiful evening.

Today is the day! The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is setting up for their concert on the John Wornall House grounds. Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. Join us for this beautiful evening.

Look for an excuse to dress up your furry friend? Sign them up for Wornall/Majors' Howl-O-Ween parade on October 30. We ...
10/06/2021
Historic Howl-o-Ween – Wornall/ Majors

Look for an excuse to dress up your furry friend? Sign them up for Wornall/Majors' Howl-O-Ween parade on October 30. We will have a doggy craft corner, training demonstrations, and of course a costume parade!

More information can be found on our website: https://www.wornallmajors.org/event/historic-howl-o-ween/

« All Events Historic Howl-o-Ween October 30 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm $2 « Saturdays with the Swing Majors House Paranormal Investigation » Dog Parade & Family Fun Tours About this event 2:30-4:30 PM Family Fun Tours 3:00-3:30 PM Dog Costume Parade Throughout history, people have always loved their pe...

Throwback to how amazing it was to have the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra on the Wornall House lawn last year! We're exc...
10/01/2021

Throwback to how amazing it was to have the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra on the Wornall House lawn last year! We're excited to host the orchestra again this month on October 10. This free program begins at 5 PM with food trucks, with music at 6 PM. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and join us!

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will be back on the Wornall House grounds on October 10 for Music in the Garden! This ...
09/29/2021

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will be back on the Wornall House grounds on October 10 for Music in the Garden! This is a free community concert - bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the beautiful lawn. Food trucks will also be on site!

We are back at Wornall House (@wmhmkc)in the gorgeous gardens for food, fun, and a lively string orchestra concert for all ages. Join us at 5:00 for food trucks, 6:00 for the concert - and still get home in time for the Chiefs.
Register on Eventbrite (link in bio)to let us know you are can be there. See you in the garden!
#classicalmusic #chamberorhestra #picnic #kcmusicians #vivaldi #stringorchestra

As the weather starts to cool (hopefully... any time now...), there's nothing better than curling up with a great book. ...
09/28/2021

As the weather starts to cool (hopefully... any time now...), there's nothing better than curling up with a great book. We will be reading Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express on November 18 for our latest book club. Join Savannah Lore of the Midcontinent Public Library and Wornall/Majors Curator Sarah Bader-King as we discuss what this book got right...and maybe even do some debunking of our own. Free to attend, $5 recommended donation. More info at https://wmhmbookclub2.eventbrite.com

As the weather starts to cool (hopefully... any time now...), there's nothing better than curling up with a great book. We will be reading Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express on November 18 for our latest book club. Join Savannah Lore of the Midcontinent Public Library and Wornall/Majors Curator Sarah Bader-King as we discuss what this book got right...and maybe even do some debunking of our own. Free to attend, $5 recommended donation. More info at https://wmhmbookclub2.eventbrite.com

Our YouTube video for Boots & Pearls is going live at 7:00 PM! Join us to watch live, or if you miss the premiere, the v...
09/24/2021
Boots & Pearls Online!

Our YouTube video for Boots & Pearls is going live at 7:00 PM! Join us to watch live, or if you miss the premiere, the video will remain available at the the link below. https://youtu.be/126w3QPKeEM

Thank you for joining us for our Boots & Pearls online special presentation. Hear from executive director Kerrie Nichols and other guests, plus learn about t...

Boots & Pearls Online is tonight! Get your final bids in our auction at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auct...
09/24/2021

Boots & Pearls Online is tonight! Get your final bids in our auction at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556 and purchase raffle tickets online at https://bootsandpearls2021.eventbrite.com by 6:00 PM. Winners will be announced on our page via Facebook Live, followed by a special YouTube video premiere at https://youtu.be/126w3QPKeEM.

Boots & Pearls Online is tonight! Get your final bids in our auction at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556 and purchase raffle tickets online at https://bootsandpearls2021.eventbrite.com by 6:00 PM. Winners will be announced on our page via Facebook Live, followed by a special YouTube video premiere at https://youtu.be/126w3QPKeEM.

Have an adorable dog? Wanna show them off? We'll be celebrating pets at our Historic Howl-o-ween event on October 30 wit...
09/21/2021
www.wmhmhowloween.eventbrite.com

Have an adorable dog? Wanna show them off? We'll be celebrating pets at our Historic Howl-o-ween event on October 30 with a dog parade and costume contest! Registration is now open for our doggo friends - space is limited! Register your dog(s) at https://wmhmhowloween.eventbrite.com

All are welcome to watch the dog parade! We'll also have a scavenger hunt for the (human) kids.

Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets to win one of three great prizes: a Kendra Scott mother-of-pearl necklace, ...
09/16/2021

Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets to win one of three great prizes: a Kendra Scott mother-of-pearl necklace, KIR Collection pearl earrings, or a certificate for Boots from Nigro's Western Wear! Only $20; the winner will be drawn on September 24. Purchase at https://bootsandpearls2021.eventbrite.com

Sneak peek at some of the cocktail baskets we're putting together for our Boots & Pearls donors! Anyone who donates $300...
09/15/2021

Sneak peek at some of the cocktail baskets we're putting together for our Boots & Pearls donors! Anyone who donates $300 or more receives a basket containing the ingredients for a cocktail for two, plus some snacks!

Donate now at https://bootsandpearls2021.eventbrite.com (You can also buy raffle tickets at that link!)

Late addition auction alert! We've just added a new item to our online auction: an Elijah Craig Bourbon Mint Julep Packa...
09/14/2021

Late addition auction alert! We've just added a new item to our online auction: an Elijah Craig Bourbon Mint Julep Package! View our auction and get your bids in at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has a distinctive warm spice & subtle smoke, and is enjoyed by bourbon connoisseurs and casual whiskey fans alike. This bourbon tastes great straight, on the rocks, or as part of a cocktail.

This package includes 2 bottles of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey, plus everything you need to craft the classic mint julep - two rocks glasses, simple syrup, and mint straight from the Wornall House garden. We've also included a whiskey & oak wood wick candle to add the perfect ambiance.

Late addition auction alert! We've just added a new item to our online auction: an Elijah Craig Bourbon Mint Julep Package! View our auction and get your bids in at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has a distinctive warm spice & subtle smoke, and is enjoyed by bourbon connoisseurs and casual whiskey fans alike. This bourbon tastes great straight, on the rocks, or as part of a cocktail.

This package includes 2 bottles of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey, plus everything you need to craft the classic mint julep - two rocks glasses, simple syrup, and mint straight from the Wornall House garden. We've also included a whiskey & oak wood wick candle to add the perfect ambiance.

Our online auction is now live! Get some great items like our Kansas City Sports basket, full of KC sports memorabilia a...
09/10/2021

Our online auction is now live! Get some great items like our Kansas City Sports basket, full of KC sports memorabilia and two tickets to the 2022 season of Sporting Kansas City! The auction will remain open through September 24. Bid online at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556

Our online auction is now live! Get some great items like our Kansas City Sports basket, full of KC sports memorabilia and two tickets to the 2022 season of Sporting Kansas City! The auction will remain open through September 24. Bid online at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=24556

Our online auction goes live this Friday at 10:00 AM! Here's a sneak peek at just one of our great items. Our gardening ...
09/08/2021

Our online auction goes live this Friday at 10:00 AM! Here's a sneak peek at just one of our great items. Our gardening basket includes preserved boxwood planters, handy gardening tools, plant markers, candle, and a $50 gift card for Family Tree Nursery, for a total retail value of $290.95!
View our auction site at https://www.biddingowl.com/WornallMajorsHouseMuseums - we still have a few more exciting items to add before Friday, so keep checking back!

Our online auction goes live this Friday at 10:00 AM! Here's a sneak peek at just one of our great items. Our gardening basket includes preserved boxwood planters, handy gardening tools, plant markers, candle, and a $50 gift card for Family Tree Nursery, for a total retail value of $290.95!
View our auction site at https://www.biddingowl.com/WornallMajorsHouseMuseums - we still have a few more exciting items to add before Friday, so keep checking back!

Do you like food? Planters? Beer? Board games? No matter what your interests, you'll find something you love at our onli...
09/03/2021

Do you like food? Planters? Beer? Board games? No matter what your interests, you'll find something you love at our online auction, which opens next Friday, September 10 at https://www.biddingowl.com/WornallMajorsHouseMuseums

You can preview some of our items now, but we will be adding exciting items up until September 10 so bookmark that link!

It's September 1 which means...Ghost Tour tickets are on sale! We have two choices this year, our "all ages" tours and o...
09/01/2021

It's September 1 which means...Ghost Tour tickets are on sale! We have two choices this year, our "all ages" tours and our 21+ tour. The 21+ tour includes a signature cocktail or mocktail in a souvenir cup!
View all of our ghostly offerings at https://www.wornallmajors.org/ghosttours

It's September 1 which means...Ghost Tour tickets are on sale! We have two choices this year, our "all ages" tours and our 21+ tour. The 21+ tour includes a signature cocktail or mocktail in a souvenir cup!
View all of our ghostly offerings at https://www.wornallmajors.org/ghosttours

Do you have a preschooler and are looking for a safe and educational activity this fall? We are offering Victorian Nurse...
08/29/2021
Victorian Nursery Rhymes Camp

Do you have a preschooler and are looking for a safe and educational activity this fall? We are offering Victorian Nursery Rhyme Camp on September 18, 20, 21, 22, & 23. Parents and children aged 3-5 can participate in activities and crafts based on classic nursery rhymes in a safe setting. Attendance will be strictly limited and activities will be appropriately distanced. Masks required for adults and strongly recommended for children.

Register for as many or as few sessions as you'd like! Register for three and get the fourth free! Registration and details at https://nurseryrhymes.eventbrite.com.

From little lambs to Humpty Dumpty, Wornall/Majors invites your preschooler to Victorian Nursery Rhymes Camp!

An exciting find! While restoring the Majors House kitchen floors due to some water damage, restorers discovered that th...
08/27/2021

An exciting find! While restoring the Majors House kitchen floors due to some water damage, restorers discovered that the original floors were hidden under flooring that had been installed in 1984.

Although the Majors House was built in 1856, the kitchen was added sometime between 1900-1910, as the original kitchen would have been a separate outbuilding. Still, these floors are an important part of the history of the house and will be restored and visible to the public soon!

Want to help with our work to restore and preserve our important Kansas City historic sites? Donations are always appreciated.

An exciting find! While restoring the Majors House kitchen floors due to some water damage, restorers discovered that the original floors were hidden under flooring that had been installed in 1984.

Although the Majors House was built in 1856, the kitchen was added sometime between 1900-1910, as the original kitchen would have been a separate outbuilding. Still, these floors are an important part of the history of the house and will be restored and visible to the public soon!

Want to help with our work to restore and preserve our important Kansas City historic sites? Donations are always appreciated.

Address

6115 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
64113

General information

The John Wornall House Museum is open for tours Wednesdays through Sundays. The Alexander Majors House Museum is open for tours Thursdays through Sundays. The Museums will be closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

(816) 444-1858

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THE 1855 HARRIS-KEARNEY HOUSE is HOSTING AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF QUILTS with our Featured Exhibitor, Tammy Reid, with of Andy, the Head Coach for the KC Chiefs and would love for you to join us. September 4 – October 30, 2021 Every Saturday & Sunday for 8 weekends Thanks to the generous loan of Tammy's from her lifetime collection of quilts, this Exhibition is nothing like past exhibits we have hosted. She has amassed a collection of over 100 quilts dating back to the mid-1800s through today which contain vibrant colors, historic patterns, and one-of-a kind designs and we will have 61 of them to share with you. Although not a serious quilter, Tammy appreciates the beauty of hand and machine made quilts but she also loves a good bargain like the rest of us. Along with her collection Tammy has a lot of fun stories she will share about them at a talk she will give on September 11th, "Every Quilt Has a Story." Ticket sales or open now on our website. https://www.westporthistorical.com/2021-quilt-extravaganza-kansas-city This is more than just a quilt fair of old quilts!! During the 8-week Exhibition we have planned something to fit everyone's interest: · Exhibits with 61 quilts of Tammy’s and 25 quilts belonging to the Harris House · Presentations, classes, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive-informal group sessions · 23 different topics by 15 guests and quilt experts -- categories such as historical quilts, identifying the age of a quilt, truths, myths and stories about quilts by enslaved women and the underground railroad, modern art quilts with a presentation about a community project, tips on starting a quilting businesses, information about dyes, plus lessons and topics for junior quilters · Share and Solve where you can bring your quilt construction project to get and give advice with other quilters on how to solve quilt constructions struggles. · Activities for kids and junior quilters too Grab a friend and please join us for any or all of the weekend activities. If you prefer, private and group tours to see Tammy’s quilt collection may be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information or to book a tour, please call 816-561-1821 or 913-231-6749.
The Wornall-Majors House Museum website says the Steeped in History event is $25, here it says $15. Which is correct?
The Wornall-Majors House Museum Website says the Steeped in History event is $25, while here it says $15. Which is correct?
Here is a 360 video I shot at the museum during a visit. You can pause the video and use your mouse to look around or look around while it is playing.
Vendor applications are now open for the 2nd Annual Barn Wedding Showcase! Details below:
Can anyone please tell me which food trucks are there today?
Are you guys still doing food truck Friday today? I could not find a list anywhere of today's trucks. Thank you!
Hi! Any info about tomorrow's food trucks??