Wornall Majors House Museums

“Learning Landscape” to Break Ground at Wornall House

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2019


(Kansas City, Missouri)— The Wornall/Majors House Museums will celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Learning Landscape initiative at the John Wornall House Museum (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO) on Thursday, November 21 at 1:00 PM.

The Learning Landscape will bring the Museums’ mission outdoors as the grounds of the Wornall House are transformed to reflect the original use of the then-500-acre farmstead. The Learning Landscape will not only improve visibility and accessibility and showcase native plants, but also teach visitors how the environment was transformed by years of farming, war, and residential development.

Nestled in the Brookside neighborhood, the Wornall House was originally the home of frontier farmer John Wornall and his family, slaves, and employees. The home was famously used as a field hospital during the Civil War’s Battle of Westport. After over 100 years as a family home, the residence was opened as Kansas City’s first house museum in 1972. Now managed by the non-profit Wornall/Majors House Museums, the museum serves over 10,000 visitors each year for tours and educational programs.

The Learning Landscape will allow visitors to experience the museum in an all-new light while expanding the museum’s programming capacities. The Learning Landscape is made possible through the generous support of the community, including Ford and Christine Maurer, Mary Ford Maurer Donor Advisory Fund; Jerry & Patty Reece Family Foundation; Peter & Barbara Gattermeier; Public Improvement Advisory Council (PIAC), City of Kansas City, MO; R.A. Long Foundation; Sunderland Foundation; Virginia Miller & Laura Hammond; and the William T. Kemper Foundation.

The official grand opening of the Learning Landscape will take place on May 3, 2020.

Those who would like to attend the groundbreaking on November 21 are asked to RSVP to Executive Director Kerrie Nichols at 816-444-1858 or director@wornallmajors.org.


The Wornall/Majors House Museums manages two of Kansas City’s most historic antebellum structures: the John Wornall House (built 1858) and the Alexander Majors House (built 1856). The houses, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, provide a variety of educational and community opportunities, including public tours, hands-on field trips, summer camps, social events, educational lectures, and holiday and seasonal activities. This mission of Wornall/Majors House Museums is to engage our community by bringing history to life through hands-on, innovative programs and experiences.
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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113


The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114


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