WELCOME TO TRADING POST MUSEUM
Oldest Existing Settlement in Kansas
Trading Post Museum believes that we help shape the future through researching and preserving the past and present, and sharing our knowledge with the world. We invite you to see things anew through the lens of our outstanding collections. You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible and expand your mind in a miraculous way. We always keep our offerings fresh through our special events, educational lectures, and temporary exhibitions. Visit us today.
OUR HISTORIC SITE
Our site will take you back in time and show you what it was like to grow up on the Kansas / Missouri border through the decades. Escape the indoors and become surrounded by the beautiful mounds and fields of the Trading Post Valley. Learn the amazing stories of the people of Trading Post and the legacies they left behind.
The museum houses our many exhibits, from the Osage Indians to the growth and decline of the town. You can deep dive into one subject or explore them all. The museum also houses our genealogy library so you can explore your ancestors who lived in the area.
The Tubbs family build this cabin in 1870. Amos Tubbs would live most of his life here until his death in 1924. While Amos was alive, he turned this cabin into the first museum in Linn County. You can see what an early 20th-century cabin looked like when you walk through this 2 story wood home.
TRADING POST SCHOOL #41
Built in 1886, this school was built to teach 100 students at a time. Trading Post School Dist. #41 was in operation until 1956. It still stands where it was built and contains its original desks and slate boards.
The Barn contains hundreds of tools and machines, including hand tools, horse-drawn equipment, and gas-powered machines. You can explore the steam tractor or blacksmith's forge and learn about the advancement of this technology through the years.
TRADING POST CEMETERY
The Trading Post Cemetery is located next to the Museum. It contains more than 550 headstones, many of which belong to the earliest settlers of Linn County. Its also where the victims of the Marais Des Cygnes Massacre now lay and their monument stands.
PLAYGROUND PICNIC AREA
Enjoy our beautiful outdoor space at your leisure. We always have flowers in bloom during the open season and picnic tables and swings you can enjoy. You can always bring a picnic to eat after your tour or just explore the natural beauty of the Kansas scenery.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Support Us Now
We work day and night in order to make sure that your experience at Trading Post Museum is the best it can be. That is why we are always coming up with new events and exciting exhibitions. We care so much about our guests, but we need the support of donations in order to keep offering the best experience for the public. You can also become a volunteer or board member and help us leave an impact on our community. Consider donating or joining today!
Visit Us Today
April - October
Wed - Sat: 10am - 3pm
Sun - Tuesday: Closed
November - March
Tours by appointment