Wornall Majors House Museums

Organizational History & Mission

The Wornall/Majors House Museums manages two of Kansas City’s most significant and dynamic historic structures: the John Wornall House and Alexander Majors House.

Wornall House 1898 The John Wornall House was restored in 1964 by the Jackson County Historical Society. Prior to that time, it had served exclusively as a Wornall family residence, with one brief exception – it was used as classrooms for the Pembroke Country Day School for Boys for less than a year. It was opened to the public as Kansas City’s first house museum in 1972. It became autonomous from the Jackson County Historical Society in 1990.
Majors House The Alexander Majors House served as a family home to the Majors, Poteet, and Ruhl families until it became essentially abandoned in 1924. Six years later, Majors’ great granddaughter purchased the property and began to restore it. After her death, the house was managed by the Alexander Majors Historical Trust, and it was opened to the public in 1984.
WM Logo Management of the two homes merged in 2011 to form one non-profit organization that preserves and protects these antebellum landmarks. 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 camp, social events, educational lectures, author events, youth story times, and holiday and seasonal activities. The Museums organize many events that have become beloved community traditions, such as annual Ghost Tours, Candlelight Tours, and the biennial Garden Tour.

The mission of The 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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