Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home

Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home Patee House was a hotel built in 1858 by John Patee. It was headquarters for the Pony Express, and the Provost Marshal's office for the Union Army during the Civil War.

The Jesse James Home is where the infamous outlaw was shot and killed April 3, 1882.

Operating as usual


Patee House Museum & the Jesse James Home are in need of volunteers. We need volunteers everyday of the week for morning or afternoon shifts. If interested please call: 816-232-8206 or email: [email protected].


Due to lack of staff the Jesse James Home is currently only open Tue - Thurs from 12:00-4:00 pm. As always, it is best to call and confirm that we will be open before coming. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Patee House Museum and the Jesse James Home will not be open on July 4, 2020.

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Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home

Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home


1202 Penn St
Saint Joseph, MO

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 12:00 - 16:00


(816) 232-8206



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I know people may laugh at me, but I think I experienced a haunting! I'm traveling St. Joseph, Missouri and I visited the Pataa House Museum yesterday. It was one of the finest luxury hotels during its time (pre civil war) and the headquarters for the Pony Express. The downstairs is the museum and the upstairs has been restored to give visitors a glimpse of what it was like to stay in an upscale hotel during the Old West and western expansion. It is a gorgeous stroll through time! I was walking the third floor corridor and peeking into the lovely rooms when I suddenly had a dizzy spell. I grabbed the doorframe to the adjacent room to steady myself. I attributed it to the heat, because of the noticeable temperature difference between the upstairs and downstairs. After I settled, I glanced into the room, and that is where I saw it. On the wall in the room is a plaque that stated that the tiny room was the living quarters of a long time worker of the hotel. He had a dizzy spell, fell off the balcony, and died. I didn't feel any hostile presence, but I found it rather odd to have a dizzy spell at that exact spot in the museum. Today I called the museum and told the clerk of my experience. The museum is not advertised as a haunted attraction, but she told me some visitors had reported cold spots, sounds, and other odd things. I don't know what happened to me at that moment, but it was odd. It was either temperature affect, or I'm a kook with a paranormal story. Regardless, the museum was a good educational and entertaining experience.😀😀😀