National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City

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4.8/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
National World War I Museum and Memorial explores the Great War in detail, from its origins to its legacy. Enter the modern facility across a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies. Each flower represents 1,000 World War I combatant deaths. Inside the museum, you can watch short documentaries about the war, study period artifacts, interact with multimedia displays, and explore replicas of trenches. The on-site cafe is decorated with World War I-themed furnishings and plays music of the era. A trip up the Liberty Memorial Tower is included in the ticket price. Use our Kansas City trip generator to arrange your visit to National World War I Museum and Memorial and other attractions in Kansas City.
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  • We walked in knowing little about WWI, and walked out 2 hours later with a basic understanding of the "Great War". This museum was closed for 10 years while undergoing structural and exhibit renovatio...  read more »
  • This was one of our favorite sights to see while in KC. The grounds were impeccable and the staff was very helpful. We were able to get tickets to go up to the top of the tower. 
  • This museum is striking with the tower and memorial buildings. The films about the war were especially well done. One word of caution. If you are planning on visiting the train station and then walkin...  read more »
  • One of THE BEST Museums in Kansas City! They have a very informative introductory movie describing what lead up to the War and the items on display are varied and interesting! Everyone that volunteers or works there is very proud of the world-class museum that's been built in Kansas City! Be sure to see the TOP of the Tower view of the city! It's breathtaking! It does have approximately 40 steps you'll have to navigate to get to the elevator to the top, but it's worth it!
  • This is the best kept secret in Kansas City. Plan on spending a whole day here. The exhibits treat the entire War including the European set up to the war European involvement in the war the addition of America in the war and the reconstruction after the war of Europe and how that led to the start of World War II. Take the elevator to the top of the monument and get the best view of Kansas City that there is. This is a great value $14 a person. It is right across from the historic train station. When you are done at the Museum go across to the train station.
  • The exhibits are great! They have things you can't find other places and the layout is intuitive. It is laid out in a circle and after watching a film about how the war starts it takes you from the beginning to the end of the war (starting from where you leave the film and ending at the exit). Most museums just put their stuff in cases and whatever but here you can see how things evolved in the Great War as you advance in the museum. Absolutely fantastic! And don't forget to go to the top of tower for the great view (Tip: Watch the four main films so you can really understand the scope of The Great War. These are the four films and where to find them. Intro to the War, located in the William T. Kemper theater. Pre-American WW1, located in the East Gallery. America Enters the War, located in the Kemper Horizon Theater. Lastly WW1 with America involved, located in the West Gallery)
  • Really interesting and well done museum. The only downside is that is only showcases about 10% of its collection at any given time due to space. Our docent was very informative and even for the avid history buffs in our group gleaned some new information. It was very easy for seniors to move around and there is plenty of setting for breaks. With the exception of the tower. The last 45 steps are steep and narrow, so caution to anyone with physical issues. If you are not much into history - as in war stuff -, the vintage posters are worth the trip!
  • Very awesome place to learn about the first World War. I loved the plentitude of full scale bunkers and events to help demonstrate hope the soldiers lived while fighting. Great museum! And that view from the Liberty Memorial is incredible!
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