Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion Working restoration of the home highlights incredible woodwork, ornate patterned floors, and hand-painted ceilings. 1900 interior photographs add a visual of what it would have been like to visit the home.
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Space is also dedicated to museum exhibits. Home to the William Wyeth family from 1879-1888 and then the Milton Tootle family until 1947. The home was then transformed into a museum for St. Joseph, and continues as a secondary location for the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. today. The mansion houses exhibits on architecture, transportation, nature, culture, and wonder. It is also home to numerous community events, fundraisers, and privately rented occasions.

Mission: To educate the public while collecting and preserving, and showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the City of St. Joseph and the surrounding area.

Operating as usual

10/07/2020
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is a part of an important initiative, Imagine St. Joseph 2040, which is focused on improving the future of St. Joseph. See a part of the plan and its effect in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood.

Happy Toy Tuesday!
10/06/2020

Happy Toy Tuesday!

October 6 is National Mad Hatter Day! 10/6, from the note tucked inside the Hatter's hat band. The phrase “mad as a hatter” comes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries when haberdasheries used mercury nitrate. The exposure to this metal over time caused the tradesmen to develop mercury poisoning symptoms, making people believe they were mad.

These cloth dolls are the Hatter, Duchess, White Rabbit, Mouse, March Hare, and an Alice marionette. We do have a porcelain Alice doll, but ironically enough, she was too fragile to move for this group photoshoot because her head is loose.

Some things you could do to celebrate today are; have a tea party, read Alice in Wonderland, tell absurd riddles, or stop on down to our gift shop and purchase an un-birthday item for you or a friend! Curious items in the gift shop include toad stool garden stakes, soap, sticky notes, pill box, and mugs all from Wonderland. #ToyTuesday #OffWithTheirHead #MadHatter #AliceInWonderland

A lovely memorial was set up for Ted in the gardens this year.
10/01/2020

A lovely memorial was set up for Ted in the gardens this year.

Preservation Awards, 2020

In Memoriam – Ted Hauser
What does it take to make a difference in the world? Knowledge. Passion. Curiosity. Tenacity.
St. Joseph was very lucky to have had a man who embodied all of that – Ted Hauser. Ted was not a native, but he loved this city and he worked hard and with great humor to make it a better place. He brought to all of his endeavors a vast store of knowledge and experience garnered from his years in city government. That knowledge was colored by a passion to make his community a better place.
Ted’s interests were wide ranging, preservation was just one. He was a stormchaser, a baseball enthusiast, and a talented gardener. All of this combined to create a man who was a joy to be around.
When Ted died in late 2019, he left a real void; preservation in St. Joseph lost a powerful advocate. Ted is missed and will always be fondly remembered.

09/30/2020
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We hope you enjoy the gardens at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. The pollinators sure do!

09/28/2020
Museum Hill National Historic District

Today is National Good Neighbor Day, so we are celebrating our neighbors in the Museum Hill Historic District. The MHNA has graciously sponsored many museum events at the Mansion. Did you know the neighborhood is one of two areas in St. Joseph protected as both a national and a local landmark district?! The other being the Hall Street Historic District. #MansionMonday #GoodNeighbors

A neighborhood of fantastic Victorian architecture nestled in the river bluffs of Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The garden at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is full of insect activity on the fall flowers.  The pollinator garden is a succe...
09/26/2020

The garden at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is full of insect activity on the fall flowers. The pollinator garden is a success! Thank you to all that have contributed plants, time and money to our project!

New flowers have bloomed this week at the mansion! Recently we have started working on our outdoor education space to en...
09/25/2020

New flowers have bloomed this week at the mansion! Recently we have started working on our outdoor education space to enhance the Mansion's lawn year round, even when the building itself may be closed. Some educational signs are currently being fabricated and have been approved by the city for installation. We can't wait to show them to you! As a part of the same grant we purchased these Percussion Play flower chimes. Stop on by and view the amazing gardens and make some melodies. I'm sure our pollinators would love the tunes as they work. Did you know we recently got appointed as a monarch way station?!

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09/22/2020
Everything You Need to Vote - Vote.org

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Have you seen our large 1889 Penny-farthing bicycle in the entry hall of the Mansion? Did you find yourself asking, "How...
09/21/2020

Have you seen our large 1889 Penny-farthing bicycle in the entry hall of the Mansion? Did you find yourself asking, "How did anyone even ride that thing?!"
Here is Mr. Fred Wenz Jr. in 1926 riding down Felix Street. Mr. Wenz rode the bicycle in the 4th of July parades. Penny-farthing bicycles had one large front wheel and one small back wheel. The name refers to British coins the penny and the farthing, the penny being much larger than the farthing. These bicycles were also known as a high wheel, high wheeler, or ordinary. These were an improvement to the "boneshaker" style made of cast iron frame and tires. It was popular in the 1870's and 1880's, with its large front wheel providing high speeds (owing to it travelling a large distance for every rotation of the legs) and comfort (the large wheel provides greater shock absorption).
It became obsolete from the late 1880's with the development of modern bicycles, which provided similar speeds through chain gears and comfort through pneumatic tires, a metal hub with a rubber tire mounted to it. They and were marketed in comparison to penny-farthings as "safety bicycles" because of the reduced danger of falling and the reduced height to fall from. #MansionMonday #bicycle

Another reblooming iris bloom has appeared today.  The weather must be right for the rebloomers to surprise us!  Septemb...
09/17/2020

Another reblooming iris bloom has appeared today. The weather must be right for the rebloomers to surprise us! September 17, 2020

Our gigantic clump of reblooming iris are blooming!  It is such a treat to be surprised in the late summer/early fall wh...
09/07/2020

Our gigantic clump of reblooming iris are blooming! It is such a treat to be surprised in the late summer/early fall when that happens! We are soon going to dig this clump and separate it since it is getting so large. We will have some available for you to take home. Let us know if you are interested in watching the process of digging, splitting, and replanting iris. We will let anyone who is interested know when we plan to do this.

The beetles are gone!  And, the roses are happy and blooming!  Time to take a walk in the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion garden.
09/05/2020

The beetles are gone! And, the roses are happy and blooming! Time to take a walk in the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion garden.

09/04/2020

Happy #FrederickAveFriday! When we initially set up our Facebook presence, we made separate accounts for the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. as a whole, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, the Black Archives, and a few smaller pages for specific exhibits. We felt that best represented the different groups and interests involved. Now that these online areas are growing as a way to stay connected and pass along information, we wanted to ask a question. Do you find it helpful these are separated or would it be more helpful to have a one stop page for all things related to the St. Joseph Museums? Because polling has been removed as a feature, would you please give us a ❤️ to unify pages or a 😮 to continue separately. Thank you for helping us continue to grow our online community!

09/04/2020

Reminder we will be CLOSED Saturdays at the moment. So be sure to see us Friday if you planned on taking a trip to see us during the holiday weekend.

Another one of Charlie’s roses was blooming today!  And, I believe the beetles are gone (well almost), which means we wi...
08/30/2020

Another one of Charlie’s roses was blooming today! And, I believe the beetles are gone (well almost), which means we will finally be having some roses blooming again! Yeah!

08/27/2020
The dahlias in the Mansion garden are beautiful.  We think we will do some more next year
08/23/2020

The dahlias in the Mansion garden are beautiful. We think we will do some more next year

For those of you who acquired the iris “over and over”  plants last Saturday during the car show, ours are blooming now ...
08/19/2020

For those of you who acquired the iris “over and over” plants last Saturday during the car show, ours are blooming now (August 19, 2020) at the mansion. A beautiful surprise.

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is a Monarch Waystation!
08/18/2020

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is a Monarch Waystation!

It is official!  We are a Certified Monarch Waystation #29860!!!!!
08/18/2020

It is official! We are a Certified Monarch Waystation #29860!!!!!

08/16/2020
Past 2 Present Car Show 2020

Past 2 Present Car Show 2020

The Past 2 Present Car Show took place at the Wyeth Tootle Mansion in St. Joseph, MO on 15 Aug 2020.

There is a tiger under the hood!  What a beautiful truck!!!
08/15/2020

There is a tiger under the hood! What a beautiful truck!!!

While attending the car show and selling iris transplants, we found a monarch caterpillar in the milkweed!
08/15/2020

While attending the car show and selling iris transplants, we found a monarch caterpillar in the milkweed!

The mansion has lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! Today in 1939 the Wizard of Oz opens at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in ...
08/15/2020

The mansion has lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! Today in 1939 the Wizard of Oz opens at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in L.A. Photos of adoptable items in our collections! For more information on how you can adopt items from the museum please visit https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/adopt-an-item

one more tall bearded iris rhizomes that will be available August 15, 2020 at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion between noon and ...
08/14/2020

one more tall bearded iris rhizomes that will be available August 15, 2020 at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion between noon and 3:00 during the car show. Come contribute to our garden and take home a beautiful iris.

Another beauty.  This is another one of Mitch’s created iris.  Lydia Safan-Swiastyn.  Rhyzomes available on Saturday Aug...
08/14/2020

Another beauty. This is another one of Mitch’s created iris. Lydia Safan-Swiastyn. Rhyzomes available on Saturday August 15, 2020 at the mansion during the car show. Come contribute to our garden fund, and take home a beautiful iris

ahh!  Yet another beauty!  Yes, we will have rhyzomes for this beauty at the Mansion on Saturday August 15, 2020 during ...
08/14/2020

ahh! Yet another beauty! Yes, we will have rhyzomes for this beauty at the Mansion on Saturday August 15, 2020 during the car show. 11:00 - 3:00. "Gypsy Lord"

Ready for another beautiful iris?  This is a spring bloomer.  The name fits it best.  "Magical"!  We will have rhizomes ...
08/14/2020

Ready for another beautiful iris? This is a spring bloomer. The name fits it best. "Magical"! We will have rhizomes for this beautiful iris at the Mansion on Saturday August 15, 2020

We will have rhizomes of 10 different varieties of iris available at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion on Saturday August 15, 202...
08/13/2020

We will have rhizomes of 10 different varieties of iris available at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion on Saturday August 15, 2020 during the car show. Now is the time to plant iris. You don't find most of these varieties around here. These are beautiful and healthy plants. We will post pictures of the iris when they were blooming in the garden last spring. The three attached to this post are the three rebloomers (that's right, somtimes they bloom again in the fall!). The three rebloomers are "Over and Over", "Daughter of Stars", and "Corey Remembered".

If you are interested in architecture, the Missouri Humanities Council is offering a virtual program on Frank Lloyd Wrig...
08/13/2020
Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright by Kelly Johnston

If you are interested in architecture, the Missouri Humanities Council is offering a virtual program on Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Missouri.

https://mohumanities.org/event/show-me-frank-lloyd-wright-by-kelly-johnston/

Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright by Kelly Johnston Join us on August 19th for our next Speakers’ Bureau presentation, "Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright" by Kelly Johnston.Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be America’s greatest architect. His...

08/13/2020

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion gardeners continue to work on keeping the garden beautiful. As part of that process, the iris in the garden that have become crowded have been thinned out. That is great news for anyone wanting to add to their own iris gardens. We will be on the grounds at the mansion during the car show on Saturday August 15, 2020 from 11:00 until 3:00. We have 11 different varieties to pick from. We ask that you contribute to our garden fund and take home some iris as a reward! See you Saturday!!! Some pictures of the iris in the garden this spring.

Happy National Vinyl Record Day. The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. We have a recreation on display i...
08/12/2020

Happy National Vinyl Record Day. The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. We have a recreation on display in our Louis Room at the mansion. Vinyl has had a recent surge in popularity for its unique sound qualities. You never truly give up the classics! Spend some time today listening to your favorite tracks.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
08/11/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

1985 Cabbage Patch Doll Holland world traveler. Did you know that there were once more than 10,000 fully operational windmills in the Netherlands? Most people think about grinding flour, but windmills had many purposes including draining the lowlands of excess water to reclaim polders, pressing oil from seeds, sawing wood, or grinding dyes and chalk. Without these polders, reclaimed lands from the sea, most of the Netherlands would be underwater. Isn't it just incredible what water can do to shape our world?! You can get some more water stories like this by visiting the Water/Ways traveling exhibit at the Wyeth-Tootle mansion. It is only here for FIFTEEN MORE DAYS (exhibit through the 26th)! #ToyTuesday

08/07/2020

Happy Friday!!! We are looking at our fall calendar, considering all COVID-19 updates, staffing availability, and continuing to have both the Frederick Avenue and Wyeth-Tootle Mansion sites open to the public. We want to plan our events around all these circumstances and collaborate with the community for a best fit on all sides. Would you take a minute to fill out this survey for us to help us plan for the fall? It would help us understand days, times, and circumstances you would want to be able to attend museum functions. Thank you for your flexibility and continued support! Please feel free to share the link with your friends! #CommunityConnections #StJoStrong

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KYW29CB

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1100 Charles St
Saint Joseph, MO
64501

General information

Located at 1100 Charles St. Open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday and Saturdays during the months of April - October Admission Adults $6 Seniors $5 Students $4

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(816) 232-8471

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Very rude and very unprofessional to be denied to tour well before closing time and yet you have 10 other people still inside touring then watch you let other people in! Seems ur more worried about getting off work the sharing St. Joseph's beautiful historical sites! Very disappointed 😔
The mansion during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017
The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open special hours Sunday, August 20 - 10 am to 4 pm. Come and see us!!
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion will be closed 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a private event. The Mansion will re-open at 2:00 p.m