National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City

(4.9/5 based on 3,400+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Enjoy this museum. Displays are informative and well planned. This is a great place to take out of town guests.  more »
  • Been several times and would still go again tomorrow. Lots to see and I like how they have the exhibit laid out chronologically as the various countries came in to the battle. The movie at the start r...  more »
  • The beauty of the memorial itself, along with the landscape, and the many exhibits, makes the whole visit worthwhile. . To actually see some of the equipment, along with pictures and first person stor...  more »
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  • You have got a good view of Kansas City (would be a 5 star view) but I think a museum is not for having a good view of the town but for keeping history interesting and for that it could be a little bit cheaper and look more lively. I know war is a serious topic but that way most people will come for the view and not for the museum even so the staff is nice. All in all I'm not sure with this place. Somehow I loved it but I did not really feel good about it.
  • Amazing museum. I have lived in KC my whole life up until about a year ago and never been but I was visiting with my boyfriend from out of town and he suggested it. If you live or are visiting KC, it's definitely somewhere you don't want to miss. Their short films are very informative and awesome job on the timelines on the entire war, events that led up to it, and then later how America got involved. Could have easily spent more time there so make sure you plan a day. We didn't make it to the two museum houses upstairs near the top but we did enjoy the view from the top and then the elevator up the tower. Perfect skyline view and perfect exhibit of World War 1.
  • 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!
  • There is no better way to learn the history of WWI than by touring this museum. They also have Student and 65yr+ sensor discounts. There is an elevator in the stone tower and admission comes with your ticket.
  • 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!