Pony Express National Museum
During the 1950s, a portion of the neglected Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph was saved from total extinction and became the Pony Express Museum. M. Karl Goetz and the Goetz Pony Express Foundation, along with aid and support from the Chamber of Commerce, the citizens of St. Joseph, and the St. Joseph Museum, Inc. helped to save this historic structure. After stabilization and renovation of the remaining portion, new exhibits were installed and the stables opened to the public.
In 1993, the museum underwent a further renovation to restore the remaining portion of the stables to its original size. Modern, interactive and educational exhibits were created to depict the need, creation, operation and termination of the famous mail service that lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. Today the museum continues to stand as a tribute to the legend and legacy of the Pony Express and its enduring era.
Much more then we expected! Loved it! VERY reasonable price too. Fun for the whole family as well as educational. Our Kids are 10 year old boy, 13 year old girl; we all had fun.
Great piece of history tucked away locally. We learned quite a bit and the kids enjoyed it too. No real horses to their dismay but they got a kick out of the 1800s style play area with costumes. I enjoyed reading about the riders and seeing some of the artifacts. The working well was a surprise as well.
Wonderful little place to take the family for a historical little treat. Last time I was here in 2011. They've added a lot more since then to tell you about the history of the Pony Express. You can donate items as well, if it's tied to the Pony Express, and they'll look up the history, if they can find it.
The Pony Express Museum holds a nice variety of difference things. There are Hands-On activities for children and Hands-On informational stations. There was a whole place for children to play which was really nice as I have five children.
Small cozy museum with just enough history about the Pony Express to keep kids interested for an hour. Park across the street made for a nice stop after a long drive. Nice mural depicting the route and challenges face by the service and their riders. Small entrance fee and worth a visit if in the area.