Are you interested in Volunteering at the Museum
The Ray County Historical Society is always looking for community & historical-minded people to help at the museum.
You could play a part in determining the future of the Ray County Museum.
If you would be interested in volunteering at the museum, contact Linda Emley at 816-776-2305.
Welcome To The Ray County Museum
Richmond, Missouri 64085
On a hill overlooking the Ray County Fairgrounds stands an old brick building of curious proportions. Built in 1910, in the shape of a "Y", every room has an outside view. The total cost of $19,491.00 was spent to create County Home (Poor Farm). This three-story building has a total of 54 rooms and its unique design earned County Home a place on the National Register of Historical Places. In the 1970's this unique building became the Ray County Museum sponsored by the Ray County Historical Society. The displays are varied and of great local interest. Rooms preserve Ray County's rich heritage and particular historical events, some of which are The Civil War, World War I and II. Other subjects and events represented in the vast 54 room museum are Indian Artifacts, The Shotwell Parlor(1800's), Coal Mining, Black History, Country Kitchen, Governors, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Quilts, Country School, Post Office, Costume, Doctor, Wildlife, and The Mormon History Exhibit Room funded by the Mormon Church. A very extensive genealogical library is located just off the Main Entryway. The Ray County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Ray County Genealogical Society, maintains regular hours to help historical researchers. The Ray County Museum is rated at the top for county museums in the State of Missouri. It is open year round. Admission is FREE to Ray County residents.
$2 Donation Suggested For Tours.
Richmond Residents Tours Are Free
Courtesy of the City of Richmond
Group tours are available with advance reservation.
Proud Member of
Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Kansas City Historical Society
Pony Express Museum
Civil War round Table of Western Missouri
Legends of America
American Association for State and Local History
Triple A Travel Guide 2010
Days Open- Wednesday through Saturday- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
901 West Royle Street, Richmond, Missouri 64085
Our mission is to collect, preserve and present the history and culture of the people of Ray County, Misouri and the families who pioneered the area to make it the County it is today.
Through our exhibits, research facilities and many other services and events, the museum seeks to inspire visitors in matters of local history.
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The Ray County Historical Society was established in the 1950’s. It became a large group of the community who wanted to not only preserve our history of Ray County, Missouri, but to educate the next generations of our past.
In 1973, we found a home for our Ray County Museum. Built as a Poor farm in 1910, this stately Georgian, brick building was standing on its original 25 acres on a small bluff and looking out toward our town square. The County owned the building and willingly agreed to allow us to use this for our museum.
In 1974, we had our ground-breaking of our ‘ gem’ in the heart of Ray County. Governor Kit Bond and several other State Representatives helped us celebrate that day in October. When we first opened, there were four displayed rooms. All restored to their natural beauty, and furnished with special artifacts. Now, we have 37 rooms displayed and more coming!
From the early 1800’s to the 1940’s, we have special artifacts, the history of Ray County displayed in one building.
Three floors of displays, varied in themes, and guided tours, walking tours, visitors from around the globe!
We offer a ‘full service’ to our guests. From booked teas in the formal parlor, to gift shop and historical publications for sale, and bus tours of historic sites of interest in Ray County.
The museum is open year around. The tours are free, but a donation is always appreciated.
The lower floor is a beautiful open reception area where you will be treated with period pieces along with fully accessible historical library. Books containing family histories, county history, etc.
Make your plans to include coming to the beautiful grounds and tour our ‘themed’ rooms to let your children and yourselves enjoy the peace and calm of yester-year.
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