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.
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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.

12/15/2019
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Oh snow! We are closing early today at 3:30 due to the weather and road conditions. Stay safe out there!

https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/events
12/11/2019

https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/events

Do you know a budding entrepreneur? Are they between 5th and 12th grade?
This afternoon groups of students will work together to come up with a product the community needs, develop a mini marketing plan, and pitch their ideas to our "investors." At the end of the afternoon the groups will have time to discuss the pros and cons of all pitches. FREE ADMISSION https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/events

St Joseph Museums Inc.
12/10/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

2019 Holiday Tea sponsored by Museum Hill Neighborhood Association and featuring Christmas at the Chateau Movie!

St Joseph Museums Inc.
12/10/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

American Girl Doll Club Tea 2019!
In 2020 we will be hosting an American Girl Doll Event every month. Don't wait, reserve your spot today.

12/08/2019
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Restricted Section Sunday!

Tootle Basin, "Doulton Burslem England. Royles Patent Toilet Aquarius" 19x10x14 inches. The usual set consisted of this type of warmer water jug, a cast iron stand, a wash basin, and a soap dish. The last image is a page from a 1894 catalogue illustrating the toilet aquarius.

Educational programming, exhibit creation, preserving the past, and connecting the future are all areas that benefit fro...
12/03/2019

Educational programming, exhibit creation, preserving the past, and connecting the future are all areas that benefit from this Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity going into the holiday season. Nonprofits like our museums would not be here without this generous attitude. Giving Tuesday is a great reminder, but support is needed year round. Everyone has something to give. What can you give? To give your time as a volunteer please contact us at 816-232-8471.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
12/01/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Today is Museum Shop Sunday! Come in today for your retail therapy session, you'd be crazy not to do your holiday shopping here. We can help you find the perfect gift, whether it is something nice for mom or something naughty for a secret Santa. #shoplocal #shopsmall #museumshopsunday

11/20/2019
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

If you are looking for a unique event space for your holiday party, you should check out the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. The 1879 historic venue is decked out with festive holiday decorations. Don't miss this opportunity to host your corporate holiday or private party at this impressive location.
Call us at 816-232-8471 to reserve the Mansion today.

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11/18/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Join H2JO and the Smithsonian YES Stories Water / Ways project tomorrow from 4-6 at Remington Nature Center to learn from Craig Carlson, Superintendent of the Missouri American Water Plant, about where our water comes from and Georgeanne Bowman, Stormwater Coordinator for the City of St. Joseph, about where the water goes after we use it or a storm comes through. This is a free program and open to the public to attend.

NEW Restricted Section Sunday posts!! Watch for updates, you never know what we will pull out of the vault next!
11/10/2019

NEW Restricted Section Sunday posts!! Watch for updates, you never know what we will pull out of the vault next!

October arKIDtecture club showing off some of their haunted house snacks. We learned about gothic architecture, arches a...
10/28/2019

October arKIDtecture club showing off some of their haunted house snacks. We learned about gothic architecture, arches and how they hold weight, and got to see a special "how it works" tour of a haunted house. Join us next time, Nov 24th at Tobiason's studio for stained glass! You can sign up on our website: www.stjosephmuseum.org

10/14/2019

Voices of the Past is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT folks! A reminder for those of you coming, We are meeting at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. 1100 Charles Street St. Joseph MO 64501

Thanks Missouri American Water volunteers for all your help at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion!
10/06/2019

Thanks Missouri American Water volunteers for all your help at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion!

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09/23/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

September arKIDtecture club at Perka Buildings. The group finished making their own tool boxes, toured the trailer and shop floors, and learned lots of important lessons. Measure twice cut once! #BeCoolBeKind. Big shout outs to PERKA BUILDINGS , Morton Fund, and Museum Hill Neighborhood Association.

Smithsonian Museum Day 2019
09/22/2019

Smithsonian Museum Day 2019

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08/22/2019
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

The St. Joseph Museum is partnering with Missouri Department of Conservation, Remington Nature Center, Missouri Humanities Council and the Smithsonian to bring the Water / Ways exhibit to St. Joseph. In conjunction, we are putting on H2JO - a Smithsonian YES Stories Video Project for students 5th-8th.

Do you have a super-talented middle-schooler who wants to learn about our waterways and how to make videos? The program begins Tuesday, September 10th from 4-6:00 with a Missouri River Boat Trip lead by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

We will meet every other Tuesday at various sites throughout the City during the Fall and Spring semester. The video project will be featured on the Smithsonian YES Stories website and in the exhibit when it travels to St. Joseph.

Space is limited. Sign up here:

https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/events-1/h2jo-smithsonian-yes-stories-water-ways-video-project

08/14/2019

Want to learn more about you historic home, hope to unlock some more of the secrets that the past has hidden from you. Come this Saturday at 10:00 am at the Wyeth - Tootle Mansion for Coffee and Gingerbread and a discussion over how to find the evidence aka "Ghost" in your house and what they mean.

07/26/2019

Hey everyone, last week Coffee and Gingerbread was postponed so this weekend July 27 at 10:00 am we will be having coffee and cookies and a discussion over the restoration of picture frames. Hope to see you there.

Mark you calendar for a big evening of magic at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.   Le'Andre Allen will lead a drum cirlce and s...
07/25/2019

Mark you calendar for a big evening of magic at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. Le'Andre Allen will lead a drum cirlce and share the history of the Djembe Drum. The police and fire departments will be onsite with their emergency vehicles for the kids to look at, and PyroTribe will be performing at sundown. Bring the kids out for glow crafts and ice cream. If you would like to volunteer contact [email protected].

Now is a fantastic time to check out the gardens on the Mansion grounds.  They are looking lovely.
07/21/2019

Now is a fantastic time to check out the gardens on the Mansion grounds. They are looking lovely.

07/20/2019

Hey, just a heads up, Coffee and Gingerbread at the Wyeth Tootle mansion is going to be postponed due to illness. Will inform you of the rescheduled

07/16/2019

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion will close at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday (July 20, 2019) for a private event.

Congratulations to Sydnie and Reese as they celebrate their wedding at the Mansion!!

We would like to extend a big thank you to our garden committee and Spire volunteers for their tremendous work at the Wy...
07/12/2019

We would like to extend a big thank you to our garden committee and Spire volunteers for their tremendous work at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion today!

Opening Reception for 2019 #MissouriPreservationConference
06/20/2019

Opening Reception for 2019 #MissouriPreservationConference

06/14/2019

Join us tomorrow June 15th, 10:00 am, at the Wyeth - Tootle Mansion for Coffee and Gingerbread and a open discussion over National vs Local Preservation Guidelines.

A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO
06/12/2019
A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO

A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO

A food influencer road trips from Kansas City, MO, to St. Joseph, MO, and tastes his way through the best bars and restaurants in St. Joseph. Read about his experience at St. Joseph restaurants including Café Belle Epoque and St. Joseph bars including Tigers Den Bookstore and Bar.

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!

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1100 Charles St
Saint Joseph, MO
64501

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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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