Our Museum is NOT tax based. We have no paid employees; all people are volunteers. Our operating money originates from memberships and fundraisers. Our volunteers have spent countless hours gathering photos, newspaper clippings, obituaries, family histories, and artifacts.

The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives does provide assistance for persons requesting research. Members are entitled to reduced rates on research. To become a member, click here

Please Click Here to view current fees and our Research Form

Print and complete the form, then mail the completed form and your check for the research fee to the Museum.

Or you can use our PayPal form→

Research Fee per Hour

Excelsior Springs Genealogy Society

  • Regular meeting: 4 th Monday each month
  • Second Weekends in Excelsior Springs. Museum open ‘til 8 p.m. on Friday, with the ES Genealogy Society hosting a free night of genealogy.

Next event Feb. 8-10th

For more info on becoming a member call 816-630-0101


The museum has a large variety of items of interest from both historical and genealogical viewpoints. The holdings mostly pertain to Excelsior Springs and it’s residents.

Historical Holdings pertaining to Excelsior Springs:

  • Advertising
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Audio Recordings
  • Books, Magazines, Maps
  • Businesses
  • Education
  • Government
  • Household items
  • Indian artifacts
  • Military
  • Phonograph Records, Tapes
  • Photographs, postcards, calendars
  • Photograph Albums
  • Religion
  • Service Organizations
  • Transportation
  • Valentines, Christmas cards
  • Video Recordings

Genealogical Holdings pertaining to Excelsior Springs:

  • Family Bibles
  • Genealogy Research Books
  • Census Extractions (current project)
  • Church Directories
  • City Directories of Excelsior Springs
  • Database Sources
  • Diaries
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries from the local papers (current project)
  • Hoyt and Strathman Photographs – Filing Completed 2006
  • Photographs
  • Photograph Albums
  • Family Scrapbooks
  • Telephone Directories
  • High School Yearbooks