Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion The Wyeth Tootle Mansion, once home to the William Wyeth Family (1879-1888) and Tootle Family (1888-1947) now the home of St. Joseph Museum Inc.

To get a taste of European architecture, make sure to visit the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, provides an accessible (and unforgettable) experience. Not only does the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion celebrate Gothic architecture and Victorian-era interior design, it also houses exhibits that explore local history and architecture, natural history, cultural history, and even natural disasters that have shaped the history or the region. Each of the three floors of the ornate 1879 mansion are dedicated to one or more historical exhibits, the newest of which is titled Confluence: The Great Flood of 1993. This third floor exhibit is a permanent fixture for the museum that addresses the floods physical, economic, and social effects on the surrounding area. The mansions commanding height, its impressive tower and remarkable view of the Missouri River region and bluffs were inspired by the original owners’ trips to castles along the Rhine River in Germany. William and Eliza Wyeth commissioned architect E.J. Eckel to help them realize their grand vision. In fact, Eckel’s architectural vision and talent left a lasting mark on the St. Joseph community, as his firm designed 75% of St. Joseph’s outstanding historical buildings. The first and second floors of the Wyeth-Tootle reflect the history of area architecture. The restoration highlights Victorian-era decor and period photographs to give guests an added visual of what it would have been like to visit the home at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors often experience a “wow” moment at the mansion’s incredible woodwork, ornate patterned floors, and hand-painted ceilings which include images of cherubs and heavenly clouds. Three of the mansion’s 43 rooms are devoted to “Intersections: Of Time and Buildings,” an exhibit that examines the junctures of history, art, architecture and humanities, along with St. Joseph’s past, present and future. The “Edifice: The Architecture of E.J. Eckel” exhibit at the Wyeth-Tootle commemorates Eckel’s talent and contribution to St. Joseph’s architectural appeal. The views from the third floor children’s area are some of the most sweeping and expansive in the city. For a splash of glamour, check out the temporary exhibit Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick. In films, St. Joseph, Missouri, born actress Ruth Warrick will indelibly be referred to as the first "Mrs. Citizen Kane." As a television actress, she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the wealthy, viper-tongued, manipulative, and often meddlesome Pine Valley grande dame who held court for 35 years. But she was more than that. The story of her career, philanthropy, and political activism is told on the second floor of the Mansion. The funding for the Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick exhibit was provided by the Missouri Humanities Council. In addition to housing historical and cultural exhibits, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hosts community events throughout the summer and fall, including Mah Jongg parties and Music at the Mansion. The mansion also serves as a wedding, holiday party, and business meeting venue. Whether you have a passion for history or architecture, or want a better understanding of the development of the area, a trip to St. Joseph is sure to prove both educational and rewarding. To plan your visit to the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, arrange a rental, or attend an event, find a list of dates and details on the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., website: stjosephmuseum.org.

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.

05/21/2019

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion will close at noon this Saturday for a private event.

Congratulations to Michael and Davida as they wed at the Mansion!

We had some AMAZING volunteers at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion today!!!  They were all junior and senior high students, as w...
05/20/2019

We had some AMAZING volunteers at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion today!!! They were all junior and senior high students, as well as their teachers from #MidBuchananRVSchoolDistrict. They gardened! They cleaned! They painted! What they did in two hours would have taken us several days to get done. Thank you so much for all of your help!
https://www.facebook.com/midbuchananschools/

05/16/2019

Hey, just a reminder our second Coffee and Gingerbread talk is this Saturday at 10am over proper clean techniques for wood, metal and glass.

Great volunteers at the Mansion today!
05/10/2019

Great volunteers at the Mansion today!

Do you play Mah Jongg?  If so, it's time to reserve a spot to play at the Mansion!
04/10/2019

Do you play Mah Jongg? If so, it's time to reserve a spot to play at the Mansion!

Mark your calendar and join the fun!
04/08/2019

Mark your calendar and join the fun!

04/08/2019
Pompeii - Bastille | cover by Ashlyn Ford

This is one of the many talented acts that played last Saturday at Academy at the Mansion. Thanks Jason Riley, St. Joseph Arts Academy, the very talented students, and families for a lovely (albeit crowded) event.

Ashlyn Ford performing "Pompeii" for the 'Academy at the Mansion' concert with St. Joseph Arts Academy on April 6th, 2019. Accompanied by instructor and prof...

04/01/2019

Spring is here and the Mansion will be open starting this weekend. We are so excited about all the great events that are coming up and hope you will join us.

We need volunteers to help with "Academy at the Mansion" this Saturday, April 6th (9:30-12 and 12:30-2:00).

We also need volunteers for "Music at the Mansion" next Saturday, April 13th anytime during the day from 11:00-5:30.

And... the Easter Bunny needs your help for our April 20th Easter Egg Hunt at the Mansion from 9-12:30. There will be cute live animals and crafts for the kids.

Please send us a message if you can help out. Thanks!

The Confluence Exhibit at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open for free to the public today.  Come learn about the history a...
03/22/2019

The Confluence Exhibit at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open for free to the public today. Come learn about the history and science of flooding in the St. Joseph area.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/15/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Join us for all the details on a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the romantic Rhine, Europe’s longest river! The castles along the Rhine so impressed William and Eliza Wyeth that they asked St. Joseph architect E. J. Eckel to design their 1879 home, now called the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, to resemble one. Matt Greenwaldt, a Mayflower Tours representative, will share the details on how you can see the beauty of the area for yourself on a trip which leaves on September 23, 2020. Highlights include excursions to the Black Forest, Mt. Pilatus, many historic cities and castles, 23 meals, and much more. Find out how to receive free airfare during the presentation, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, on April 4. Admission to the program is free. No reservations are required to attend.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/10/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

American Girl Doll Club is from 2-4:00 today. We will learn about Addy Walker who escaped from slavery right before the Civil War. We have a great hands-on program planned for this snowy day and hope you join us.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/24/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Are you looking for a way to get your kids off devices and interested in hands-on activities? We have Architecture Club this Sunday from 2-4:00. This month's event will provide many great building opportunities and will be at our 3406 Frederick Avenue location. It is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. Sign up on-line at https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/events.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/19/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We are making some great moments at Family Fun Time with the United Way of Greater St. Joseph. Come on down.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/11/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We are excited to partner with United Way of Greater St. Joseph to present the Imaginarium Hands-On Learning Activities for Families on Saturday, January 19th from 10-11:30. There will be live music, dancing, colors, architecture and building, space playdough, and transportation themed projects. We hope you and your little humans can join us!

01/09/2019

On Wednesday, January 16th Museum staff and volunteers will be taking down Christmas decorations at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. We welcome anyone who would like to help. Many hands make light work!

Pick up your Scenes of St. Joseph coloring book for only $5! Features drawings of some iconic scenes is town-including t...
12/16/2018

Pick up your Scenes of St. Joseph coloring book for only $5! Features drawings of some iconic scenes is town-including the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion!! All proceeds go to United Way. On sale at the St. Joseph HyVee!

Architecture Club at the Mansion is cancelled tomorrow due to the predicted blizzard and several inches of snow.  Stay h...
11/25/2018

Architecture Club at the Mansion is cancelled tomorrow due to the predicted blizzard and several inches of snow. Stay home and build an igloo!

11/22/2018
Under The Big Oak Tree

Under The Big Oak Tree

www.underthebigoaktree.net

Dear Brother
by Kristin Hamilton in loving memory of John Christian Cathcart (c) 2018
performed by Under the Big Oak Tree [from the album, The Ark (2018)]
video by Michael Twombly
choreography/dance by Louisa Cathcart

Dear Brother
by Kristin Hamilton

I used to search for rainbows
Among the stormy skies
Through all the rainy clouds
For colors sung in lullabies

But since the day you left us
A cloudless sunny day
And a bow of vibrant colors
Hung to brighten all our way

I ponder in my mind
This wondrous mystery
Of how a rainbow shone there
In skies as blue as they can be

And since you left, dear brother
A million tears I’ve shed
Did they evaporate into the sun
Create the colors o’er my head

Perhaps your cheerful spirit
Sends a message from above
That you remain among us
Fill our hearts with joy and love

I used to search for rainbows
Only in the rain
But now I look on sunny days
And know that you remain

11/14/2018

You are invited to enjoy the beauty of European architecture and the taste of a Holiday Tea at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion this holiday season! On December 13 you can enjoy lovely holiday décor while having tea, champagne, curried chicken salad, smoked salmon, and a wide array of tea sandwiches and sweet treats! A delightful escape from the bustling activities of the season. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling St. Joseph Museum (816) 232-8471 or mail your reservation and payment to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508. Come and enjoy an afternoon of elegance and do a bit of shopping courtesy of Dillard's Home Store.

Presented by the St. Joseph Museums Events Committee, Carol Meyers Chairperson.
Host: Dillard's East Hills Mall

On November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Since this Vete...
10/29/2018
Bells of Peace - World War I Centennial

On November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Since this Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, is the centennial of “the day peace broke out”, it has an extra special meaning and commemorations will take place across the country and world.

As part of this special Veterans Day, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is promoting a commemorative initiative known as the “Bells of Peace.” Individuals, communities, and businesses are encouraged to mark the centennial by ringing bells slowly 21 times at 11:00 a.m. local time.

If you do not have a bell, you can render the salute by other means, including gongs, bicycle bells, wind chimes, etc., and yes, there is an app for this event – download the Bells of Peace app in either Google Play or the Apple App Store. https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/567-ace/5056-yourace-participation-app.html

We hope you will join us in honoring those who fought and died in World War I, and those veterans who have fought for our freedom, as well as those who have given “their last full measure of devotion.” (Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863) #BellsofPeace

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/546-events/bell-tolling/bells-of-peace.html?fbclid=IwAR3SFPQ8Tzs4JqXhMKeuV87cjLoxnxDsZXJKWzgSYs22xnanrgOVmBcQQzo

Official site of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. In WW1 nearly 5 million men & women joined the US military (116,516 died, 204,002 wounded). They deserve their own memorial.

Hello, everyone!The next ArKIDtecture Club meeting will be held Sunday, October 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wyeth-Tootle Ma...
10/19/2018

Hello, everyone!

The next ArKIDtecture Club meeting will be held Sunday, October 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles. The cost is $8.00 per student ($6.00 for Members of the Museum). The theme this month will be Build Your Own Dream House!

The maximum number for attendance is 25 and reservations are required so please be sure to get your reservations in before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, so that we may have an accurate count for supplies and snacks.

Making reservations by e-mail is the best way to get in touch with me, but if you do call to make a reservation, please call 816-232-8471, and ask for Sarah Elder at extension 19.

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
08/15/2018

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

Every Museum is a Stage!

Free workshop

Do you love to act and be on stage?
-Local Museums offer great opportunities for Volunteer Docents to give tours.
-Do you love museums and want to share your knowledge?

This training will teach you the skills to become a docent.
Topics will include:
Know Your Audience
The Art of Improv
Public Speaking Techniques
Learn to be an Awesome Tour Guide!

To be held at the Downtown Abbey 1202 Felix St., St. Joseph, Missouri.
Free! Workshop is sponsored by the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives and the Missouri Humanities Council.

2 sessions to choose from:
8am to noon: https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026133
or 1:00 to 5:00 pm https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026174

Attention Ladies!!!  Join us this Saturday, August 4, for KC Women's Events!  There will be shopping and pampering servi...
08/03/2018

Attention Ladies!!! Join us this Saturday, August 4, for KC Women's Events! There will be shopping and pampering services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You don't want to miss it!

St Joseph Museums Inc.
07/23/2018

St Joseph Museums Inc.

You can purchase an unbelievable set of 12 high quality posters of St. Joseph Landmarks to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Joseph. These posters, created by Tanner Mayhew, are 18x24 inches and are only available from the St. Joseph Museum. Cost is $50 for the complete set.

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
07/18/2018

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

Situated in the Museum Hill historic district, the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion serves as a museum showcasing St. Joseph’s history. This $1.1 million project will restore the exterior of the property to its original appearance and condition through woodwork and masonry restoration. For more information or to view a complete list of the 2019 Capital Improvements Program proposed projects, visit https://bit.ly/2MIcARo.

Happy 4th of July everyone!!#MuseumFireworksShowThis fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Ho...
07/05/2018

Happy 4th of July everyone!!
#MuseumFireworksShow
This fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Hospital as part of the Park Mural Group Art Project from 1988-1990. The walls of one of the tunnels that formerly connected the buildings of the State Hospital were used as the "canvas" for the murals. This mural, as well as other amazing pieces of artwork, can be seen at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.

07/03/2018

Hello! We want to wish you all a fun and safe 4th of July! The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion will be open as usual on Friday & Saturday.

06/07/2018
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

If you know of a child who is fascinated by robots, the St. Joseph Museum has two workshops coming up in July that are sure to hold their interest. The workshops will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018, at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave., in St. Joseph, Missouri. There will be a morning session, taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, is for students entering Kindergarten through 3rd grades. The afternoon session, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m., is for students entering the 4th through 6th grades

The robotics workshops will be led by longtime Union Star High School science instructor Rich Piper. Mr. Piper is a regular volunteer with the ever popular Super Science Saturday event that the St. Joseph Museum has co-sponsored for many years. For this project, he has designed a morning session that will include making WiggleBots, several hands-on demonstrations of robotics, and early childhood coding activities for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The afternoon session will include creating a make-it & take-it robot, as well as building WiggleBots and participating in hands-on simple robotics and intermediate robotics activities. There will also be learning games related to coding provided for students in the afternoon session.

The Robotics Workshop sessions at the St. Joseph Museum on July 27 are limited to 25 students. The cost of the workshop is $25 per student and paid reservations and required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471 or visit stjosephmuseum.org/events and print the registration form. The registration form and payment should be mailed to the St. Joseph Museum, ATTN: Robotics Workshop, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508.

Join us at the Mansion on June 16!
06/06/2018

Join us at the Mansion on June 16!

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is once again proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums! From now until Labor Day, any active d...
05/29/2018

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is once again proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums! From now until Labor Day, any active duty military personnel and up to 5 members of their family get in free to the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at 1100 Charles and St. Joseph Museums complex at 3406 Frederick Avenue. (All retired military personnel receive a military discount of 50% off the regular admission price at both locations).

05/18/2018

Some amazing photos taken by Scott Hinde at Megan Wyeth's photography workshop.

05/18/2018

Some amazing photos taken by Scott Hinde at Megan Wyeth's photography workshop.

Photography workshop at the Mansion this evening.  Thanks Megan Wyeth.
05/17/2018

Photography workshop at the Mansion this evening. Thanks Megan Wyeth.

05/09/2018
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We had a lovely American Girl Doll Club at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion last Sunday. The girls explored careers and learned about the daring Owen sisters - geologist Luella Owen, naturalist Juliette Owen, and folklorist Mary Alicia Owen. They opened geodes, learned about Missouri birds, and recorded stories. Plus, everyone brought a snack to share.

Many thanks to Jennifer Stover, Ashley Coats, Mary Keck, Chris Fulkerson, and Michele Janorschke for sharing their time and talents.

A lovely message from Thomas Nathaniel Martin - a featured photographer in our "Intersections" exhibit.
04/20/2018

A lovely message from Thomas Nathaniel Martin - a featured photographer in our "Intersections" exhibit.

Just a reminder that, although it may not feel like it, Spring is here.

Get a little dirty at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion on Saturday, April 21!
04/13/2018

Get a little dirty at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion on Saturday, April 21!

St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years
04/13/2018
St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years

St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years

2018 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Joseph!! Dedicated to the historical facts and the legends that surround our fair city!

This is a great opportunity!  Reserve your place in the workshop asap because space is limited.
04/12/2018

This is a great opportunity! Reserve your place in the workshop asap because space is limited.

Looking for something to do with the kiddos today while they are on Spring Break?  The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open for ...
04/06/2018

Looking for something to do with the kiddos today while they are on Spring Break? The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open for the season.

Easter 2018
04/06/2018

Easter 2018

Tidbit #4One thing that our modern age take for granted is refrigeration. Today most refrigerators come equipped with an...
04/03/2018

Tidbit #4

One thing that our modern age take for granted is refrigeration. Today most refrigerators come equipped with an ice maker and dispenser. However, in the past, most homes had a small icebox. These wooden pieces of furniture that often were decorated with carvings or mirrors could not produce ice let alone their own cool temperatures. Most people would have to purchase ice from ice houses located around town to place in their iceboxes at home.
However, the Wyeth- Tootle Mansion had its own ice house with running water and gas lighting. This small wooden structure was built at the same time as the house and was located between the mansion and the carriage house. Sometime before 1911 the structure was removed.

This just in...We will have a petting zoo this Saturday at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion from 10-12 during our Easter Event. ...
03/27/2018

This just in...

We will have a petting zoo this Saturday at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion from 10-12 during our Easter Event. Come get your picture with the Easter Bunny and pet some cute furry things!

An Easter treat...
03/20/2018

An Easter treat...

Tidbit #3When the Mansion was built in 1879, many new technologies where being developed such as the first light bulb. S...
03/19/2018

Tidbit #3

When the Mansion was built in 1879, many new technologies where being developed such as the first light bulb. St. Joseph built its first electric light plant in 1883, and it was another 4 years until incandescent light was made available in the City.

The mansion did not have electric light until the late 1890s, but it did have electricity. From the beginning it had electric call bells and door ringers. On September 29 1879, William Wyeth placed an order from Charles Heisler of St. Louis, Mo., for bell pulls for the hall, kitchen, and stable, one servants bell, and one floor bell in the dinning room. A sixteen number Annunciator was installed to identify the location of the calls. Wyeth paid for the equipment and the traveling expenses of the installer.

Today, the front door bell and the buttons for calling servants in the library and morrish room can still be seen at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.

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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

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