Pony Express National Museum

Pony Express National Museum Come and experience the exciting, educational and state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the creation, operation and termination of the legendary Pony Express
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The Pony Express was founded by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors. Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.

On this day in St. Joseph history...The Pony Express began and notorious outlaw, Jesse James was shot and killed.For mor...
04/03/2019

On this day in St. Joseph history...

The Pony Express began and notorious outlaw, Jesse James was shot and killed.

For more history on both, check out https://stjomo.com/explore, or visit us at the Pony Express Museum!

On this day in St. Joseph history...

The Pony Express began and notorious outlaw, Jesse James was shot and killed.

For more history on both, check out https://stjomo.com/explore.

Riders wanted...for real!
03/14/2019
Riders Wanted

Riders wanted...for real!

If you are interested in joining our association as a rider, please contact one the State Division Presidents to see if any ride slots are available in their state.

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo
03/14/2019

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo

THE PONY EXPRESS TRUNK (Blog post) - Read all about this amazing artifact. On a crisp winter day in November, the Van Wi...
02/28/2019
Blog

THE PONY EXPRESS TRUNK (Blog post) - Read all about this amazing artifact.

On a crisp winter day in November, the Van Witt Fine Art Team drove from the Conservation studio in Overland Park, Kansas to St. Joseph, Missouri in order to asses and obtain an original Pony Express artifact. The leather and canvas trunk had encased the written words of a burgeoning nation on the brink of a civil war. Weathering many westward journeys in the brief 18-months of operation, the strong bamboo infrastructure was enveloped in a soot-covered canvas, complete with tar and oil residue, nicotine stains and anything else that wasn't biodegradable over years of storage on a barn floor....

02/19/2019

Tonight's Tuesday Night Talks has been cancelled due to the incoming weather. See you next week!

Family Day 2019
02/18/2019

Family Day 2019

Still time to get down to Family Day at the museum! Having lots of fun!
02/18/2019

Still time to get down to Family Day at the museum! Having lots of fun!

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo
01/24/2019

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo

Show•Me Adventure Kids
01/23/2019

Show•Me Adventure Kids

The Pony Express National Museum and Visit St. Joseph, Missouri Visitors Center now have copies of our newest book, "Weigh What You Say." Show Me Adventure Kids sends a big thank you! Check out the book in these gift shops and let us know what you think. #visitmo #familytravel #stjosephmissouri

Tuesday Night Talks at the Pony Express Museum is starting up again next week. 20th year and counting!Admission is free ...
01/10/2019

Tuesday Night Talks at the Pony Express Museum is starting up again next week. 20th year and counting!

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:15 and speaker begins at 7pm. Schedule is below.

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo
11/29/2018

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo

Pony Express National Museum
11/29/2018

Pony Express National Museum

11/20/2018

Hall of Riders exhibit at the Pony Express National Museum.

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo
10/19/2018

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo

10/12/2018

Pumpkinfest 2018 Carnival Ride Wrist Band Schedual.

Friday October 12, 2018 6pm-10pm

Saturday October 13,2018 12pm-4pm and 6pm-10pm

Sunday October 14,2018 12pm-4pm.

Colored wrist Bands are $20.00 each per 4 hour session. or you can purchase 32 tickets for $25.00 No refunds due to weather.

10/08/2018
Pony Express PumpkinFest

Turn up the volume and be prepared to chuckle!

Turn up the volume and be prepared to chuckle!

Wanted! Volunteers!!! Contact Cindy at 816-279-5059.
10/03/2018

Wanted! Volunteers!!! Contact Cindy at 816-279-5059.

Pony Express National Museum
10/01/2018

Pony Express National Museum

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo
10/01/2018

Pony Express National Museum's cover photo

Pony Express Museum attracts world travelers
08/01/2018
Pony Express Museum attracts world travelers

Pony Express Museum attracts world travelers

The Pony Express Museum attracts visitors from all over the world — 25 countries to be exact, and they expect more before the museum season ends in October.

Pony Express National Museum
07/27/2018

Pony Express National Museum

Always wonderful to receive reviews like this....
07/06/2018

Always wonderful to receive reviews like this....

Visit St. Joseph, Missouri
06/29/2018

Visit St. Joseph, Missouri

Talk about and "uncommon" activity for tomorrow evening! The kids'll love this!

Saturday, June 30
8:30 – 9:30pm

Annual re-ride by the National Pony Express Association arrives in St. Joseph from California. More than 550 riders cover the 1,966-mile trail in 10 days. The ride will arrive at the Patee House, Saturday June 30th at 8:30 p.m.

New exhibit open NOW!
06/25/2018

New exhibit open NOW!

06/22/2018
National Pony Express

National Pony Express

Mochila exchange at Celio Ranch in California 12:25 PM. Inbound Rider Petra outbound rider Lucy. Thanks to everyone who came out.

06/20/2018
National Pony Express

Starting ceremonies for the Annual Pony Express Re-Ride in Sacramento. More than 550 riders cover the 1,966-mile trail in 10 days. The ride will arrive at the Patee House in St. Joseph, Saturday June 30th at 8:30 p.m

Starting Ceremonies @ Celebration to Kick Off the 2018 Re-Ride, Old Town Sacramento June 20, 2018.

3rd grader, visiting yesterday from Mark Twain Elementary, upon seeing the inside of the Pony School loudly asks..."Wher...
04/27/2018

3rd grader, visiting yesterday from Mark Twain Elementary, upon seeing the inside of the Pony School loudly asks...

"Where do I have to move to get to go to school HERE!"

Got a time machine, son? Too precious.

The reason we do what we do!
04/16/2018

The reason we do what we do!

Visit St. Joseph, Missouri
04/03/2018

Visit St. Joseph, Missouri

Two very important events occurred in St. Joseph on April 3rd. The Pony Express overland mail service left from St. Joseph in 1860, and the outlaw Jesse James was killed in his home in St. Joseph in 1882. You can learn about the two legends at the Pony Express National Museum, the Patee House Museum, and the Jesse James Home Museum or visit www.StJoMo.com for more info on both.

Billy Fisher was a rider from the Salt Lake City area. In the winter of 1861, while making his run, Fisher encountered a...
03/12/2018

Billy Fisher was a rider from the Salt Lake City area. In the winter of 1861, while making his run, Fisher encountered a blinding blizzard and was tired from the effects of the storm. At one point, he dismounted and sat down by a tree. He started to fall asleep. Then, something jumped on his legs and started licking him in the face. Fisher was awakened and found a rabbit staring him in the face. The moment startled Fisher and the rabbit scampered away. Fisher said if the rabbit hadn’t done what it did, he may have never awakened and might have frozen to death in his sleep. He called it an act of providence.

Fisher’s great-great-grandson William Fisher is also an adventurer of a sort. He is an astronaut and flew in the space shuttle. Today, the museum has an exhibit from when Billy Fishers great, great, grandson visited during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Don't let the cold scare you away tonight. A sweet Tuesday Night Talk is scheduled.  “The Sweet Success of Dr. G. W. C...
03/06/2018

Don't let the cold scare you away tonight. A sweet Tuesday Night Talk is scheduled. “The Sweet Success of Dr. G. W. Chase and Chase Candy Co.” by Gary Westcott. Doors open at 6:15, program at 7pm. See you there!

It's Tuesday again!! Tuesday Night Talks tonight- “The History of the German American Building” by Pat DillonDoors o...
02/27/2018

It's Tuesday again!! Tuesday Night Talks tonight- “The History of the German American Building” by Pat Dillon

Doors open at 6:15, program at 7pm. See you there!

02/21/2018

Tuesday Night Talks that was scheduled for yesterday has been rescheduled for tonight, Wednesday 21. The topic is “Native American Tribes Along the Pony Express Trail." presented by Steve Friesen. Doors open at 6:15 P.M. Speakers begin at 7:00 P.M.

02/15/2018

Three more Tuesday Night Talks in the 2018 schedule.

2/20/18- “Native American Tribes Along the Pony Express Trail” by Steve Friesen
2/27/18- “The History of the German American Building” by Pat Dillon
3/6/18- 3“The Sweet Success of Dr. G. W. Chase and Chase Candy Co.” by Gary Westcott

These talks give attendees a chance to hear authors, historians, and lecturers on a wide range of topics. Admission is free and light refreshments are served to all guests. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and speakers begin at 7 p.m.

Address

914 Penn St
Saint Joseph, MO
64503

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(816) 279-5059

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