Ray County Historical Society Museum and Genealogical Library

The Ray County Museum has artifacts from the early 1800s up to modern day, in 50 rooms on three floors. It was built in the shape of a “Y” and covers one-third of an acre. The museum contains approximately 14,400 square feet of space and has been spared major changes.

Ray County Museum was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1979 under its original name, Ray County Poor Farm.The Ray County Museum is one of Richmond’s best kept secrets.

The building, built for $19,491 in 1910, was a totally modern building for its day with electricity and indoor plumbing. It served as the Ray County Poor Farm from 1910 to 1960 and was a private rest home from 1960 to 1971. The building is still owned by Ray County and is leased to the Ray County Historical Society and Museum, Inc. 

Contact Information

901 West Royle Street

Richmond, MO 64085

Phone: 816-776-2305


Location Type


Historic Home


Interpretive Signs

National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

AC / Heating

Bus / RV Parking



Group Meeting Room

Group Tours



Research Library


Water Fountain