National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City

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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Kansas City holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Son, a senior in high school, has a strong interest in war history. He took it all in. Numerous pictures while spending a couple hours walking through all exhibits  more »
  • Very large space. It is very well taken care of. Military retirees themselves work on site. All very well catalogued with the story and goal dates. Worth watching the film of the story of why the first world war. Recommend.
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  • This is by far one of my favorite places to visit in KCMO. Great views from the tower, fantastic history in the museum.  more »
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  • Located in beautiful Penn Valley Park, the World War I Museum is a must visit when in Kansas City. The view from the outside of the museum overlooks Union Station with the downtown skyline in the background. There is a tower which gives even better views but is currently under renovation (but is worth going up in when the work is complete). The admission price is good for two days which is a great deal as there is so much to see. The displays are informative and there are plenty of videos which educate on the events of the war. There is an art gallery (extra price in addition to general admission) which I haven't been to but understand it is worth the price. As part of the general admission, there are two additional buildings that can be explored, but I have yet to do this as we normally run out of time viewing the general displays.
  • This museum is one of the most fascinating ones I have been to. The exhibits are really interesting! It is not all the same stuff and the museum will do an excellent job teaching you about WW1 if you know nothing already. I was very impressed! The tour guides are very well informed, passionate, and posses extensive knowledge of artifacts and events. Some of them are veterans which is awesome! I would recommend viewing the entire museum including the chemical weapons exhibit. The tower give you the best vantage point in the city. It's great for pictures too. The pricing is reasonable and it all goes back into the museum anyways. Well worth the time and money.
  • The WWI Museum is a great experience. You can enjoy great views of Kansas City, especially from the top of the tower. Highly recommend you go up to the top. There are so many interesting items, videos and stories. The introduction video they have you start off with is informative of how the war got started. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful. This is a must-do if you're from out of town.
  • A phenomenal museum. A wonderful collection of artifacts and exhibits that will captivate and excite. The production value and content of this museum far exceeded my expectations. I arrived when the musuem opened and I could have easily stayed until closing.
  • Such a moving experience, and incredible displays to learn about the Great War. My favorite exhibits were details about life in the trenches. They have a cutout that shows you what the inside of a trench would have looked like. As well as some live re-enactment soldiers toward the end that were dressed in uniform of their respective countries. And gave accounts of what typical life would have been like. Highly recommend if you have some time to spend in KC!
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