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.


Wed-Sat 12-4 pm

$2 suggested donation

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

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.

The Ray County Historical Society and The Friends of the Museum work together to keep the Museum operating. It is also the home of the Ray County Genealogy Association, which has a wonderful library housed in the museum. Volunteers from this group staff the library and are always ready to assist with genealogical research.



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Stories & Comments

Teresa Booker  |  on 8/20/2017

Can't wait to come visit!

Eric Riggs  |  on 5/8/2019

This is a great place!

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The Ray County Museum
The Ray County Museum
The Ray County Museum
The Ray County Museum
One of our many Eagle Scout groups that worked on a project at the Museum.
Mike Shane speaking at our annual Veteran's Picnic, with Pres. David Blyth
Battle of Albany re-enactment hosted by the Ray County Historical Society Oct 2014. Photo by Dan Murry
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