St. Joseph, Missouri: Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial

Indoor exhibit explores the life of network TV news broadcaster and hometown hero Walter Cronkite. You can sit at an exact replica of his CBS-TV anchor desk and pretend to be Walter!

Address:
4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO
Directions:
In the atrium of Leah Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University, which is on the east edge of the city. From Mitchell Ave. turn north onto SW University Drive, then right onto Downs Drive. Leah Spratt Hall is the first building on the left.
Hours:
M-F 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
816-271-4100
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Walter Cronkite Memorial

This is a shrine to television anchor Walter Cronkite. If that isn't interesting enough, it's located in the open atrium space of a small college, with lots of videos and personal artifacts from Cronkite's life. The university campus has a lot of sculptures and is well-maintained. Plus it's all free!

[Andrea Clark, 09/22/2020]

Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial.

Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial

Great photo opportunities, where you can pose as Walter behind the news desk, and also get into an astronaut suit! Unless you stand around listening to tons of Cronkite audio clips, you'll probably be through it in about a half hour. There's a pretty neat rocket sculpture.

[Heidi, 10/03/2017]

Cronkite news desk.

Walter Cronkite Memorial

Pay homage to Walter Cronkite in the atrium of a St. Joseph university. First to catch your eye is the giant display of his most memorable news reports (think JFK assassination, Man on the Moon, etc.), and you can watch all of the reports on a touchscreen kiosk.

Best part? Pop on the pair of black plastic glasses and print your picture at a replica of Cronkite's great big horseshoe desk. And that's the way it is!

[A. Clark, 03/25/2016]

Walter was born in St. Joseph in 1916. Across town, in the Patee House Museum, is the preserved dentist office of Walter Cronkite's dad.


Nearby Offbeat Places

Famous Bull Tombstone And Time CapsuleFamous Bull Tombstone And Time Capsule, St. Joseph, MO - 2 mi.
Ice Cream Cone BuildingIce Cream Cone Building, St. Joseph, MO - 2 mi.
Patee House MuseumPatee House Museum, St. Joseph, MO - 3 mi.
In the region:
The Strange Grave of John Milburn Davis, Hiawatha, KS - 40 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Missouri Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Houston's Miracle Water: Angel-Approved, New Market, Tennessee (Oct 18-24, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now