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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  • October 4, 2017
    Each time I get to KC I end up taking a run toward the memorial. Really beautiful spot nestled up on a hill from Union Station. Beautiful grounds and view of downtown too.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We didn't have enough time to go through the museum, which we regret. We did go up in the tower for $5 each. It was a beautiful view but if heights intimidate you...think twice. You are out in the ope...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This was such an amazing exhibit!!!! Powerful, extremely well done. No detail lacking. The artwork, artifacts, research extremely well done. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more informative  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    An outstanding memorial/museum. Although a bit pricey for the tickets, the experience is certainly worth it. They offer military discounts. The tower/obelisk offers some great views. The wide selection of artifacts is impressive.
  • June 5, 2017
    This museum, like the veterans who fought the first world war, is easy to overlook. Don't let their humility fool you. This is a GREAT museum. The exhibits are second to none. The videos and interactive activities are wonderful. But I was most WOWED by the volunteers, they deserve praise. Plan to spend the day here. Bring questions...
  • July 5, 2017
    Very well maintained museum and completely informative in all ways. This place would amaze people interested in history and World War I. They have models of trenches and a lot of materials from the past has been preserved and exhibited relating the lives of people during the war. Initially, there would be a video presentation describing the reason for this war and more. Must visit this once in life. Might be a little long and boring at times, but you can go for two days once you buy the ticket. Take your time!:)
  • June 15, 2017
    The amount of stuff they have crammed in this museum is amazing. Definitely requires at least two days to enjoy. Very personable and knowledgeable docents. Priceless value, a must see, actually my favorite thing to do while in Kansas City.
  • June 27, 2017
    A one of a kind experience - this is the nation's World War I museum. The museum is beautiful; you'll learn a ton you never knew about the war, and leave with a much greater appreciation of our country's involvement in the Great War. The grounds are gorgeous too - take your camera to the top of the memorial tower to snap some of the best shots you can get of the KC skyline

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