Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Discovery local history. The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives focuses on preserving the history of Excelsior Springs, beginning with its founding as a healing destination with four primary types of mineral water, unique in the world. New displays are created each year from its collections and archives, while standing exhibits , photographs, historic signs tell the story of Excelsior Springs and its people. The rugged beauty and postcard charm of this small town, which drew the original settlers and visitors for generations, is still visible today.

Museum History The Museum was chartered on December 6, 1967, with 102 members. It was founded on a collection of Indian artifacts and vintage textiles, and has grown to house thousands of items donated by residents of the local area to be preserved and help tell the community's story. It is housed in two historically significant buildings, both over 100 years old: the former Clay County State Bank building and the Francis Hotel next door. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and, as it has been for over 50 years, is entirely staffed by volunteers. Operating funds come through memberships, entrance fees and donations (no tax base).

Research Services The Museum welcomes genealogists and other researchers to explore the Museum's offerings, including a database of more than 250,000 names, digitized local newspapers and yearbooks, and other resources.

Contact Information

101 E Broadway Street

Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Phone: 816-630-0101


Location Type



Interpretive Signs

Walking Tours

Site Info

AC / Heating



Wheel Chair Accessible