Jesse James Bank Museum, Liberty

3.8
#55 of 68 in Historic Sites in Missouri
It was a cold and snowy February afternoon when a group of horsemen rode into Liberty, Missouri. After a short time, gunshots broke the winter silence as the men rode off with their loot leaving one young college student dead and the town in shock.



The Jesse James Bank, located on the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, was the site of the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. While the robbers were never caught, the crime as attributed to the infamous James Gang.



Visitors see bank as it was in 1866. Period furnishings fill the room and one become immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller. As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers. Among the furnishings, a rare Seth Thomas clock, set for the exact time and date of the robbery, February 13, 1866. Many photographs and other documents are on display for the public to view.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Very interesting museum at the edge of the town square. This was the bank the James gang held up and it was the first bank robbery in the US. The displays were interesting and our tour guide was excel...  more »
  • May 30, 2017
    On our way by car to the James Homestead in Kearney, we stopped off at this evocative building to give background to the event in 1866, which was the first ever daytime bank raid in the US. Many thank...  more »
  • April 10, 2017
    I love this place because it has so much history! The robbery actually happened here! It's great for history lovers, or someone wanting to learn a little about their city!  more »
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  • September 26, 2015
    You crybaby. You probably make that in hour
  • June 21, 2011
    The admission fee is way to much for what you get, $21.50 for our family of 4 and you get to see 2 rooms. We felt ripped off.

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