Trip Planner:   USA  /  Missouri  /  Liberty  /  Museums  /  Jesse James Bank Museum

Jesse James Bank Museum, Liberty

#46 of 66 in Historic Sites in Missouri
History Museum Historic Site
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.
Using our online itinerary creator, Liberty attractions like Jesse James Bank Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Jesse James Bank Museum
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
42 reviews
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Interesting tour of the small bank where the James gang did their first bank robbery on Feb 13, 1866. As the tour guide explained, it was most likely Frank James and Arch Clement that came into the ba...  more »
  • You crybaby. You probably make that in hour
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Liberty

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Liberty

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor