Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City was originally only a Liberty Memorial for monuments of men and women who had served in the war. Built by Kansas City citizens, the memorial accommodated many world leaders and supreme allied commanders, who gathered to witness the dedication of the memorial in 1921, with more than 100,000 people in attendance.

With the support of the government and the people of the state of Missouri, the construction of National World War 1 Museum began in 2004. Millions of people have visited the museum, including some of America's renowned leaders such as Barack Obama and John McCain as well as actor Kevin Costner, among others. Today, the museum operates as a non-governmental organization, honoring those who served in the war, interpreting the history of the war, preserving artifacts, and exhibiting them for educational purposes.

What to Do Inside

The National World War 1 Museum holds two exhibitions are at the main gallery and the most current gallery, which hold curated stories from the archives of the Great War. These exhibitions contain collected items from around the world, which were carefully collected between 1914 and 1919. The items range from simple objects that soldiers carried to significant world treasures,telling not onlyAmerican stories, but also giving a comparative world view of the war.

The museum also has a research center, named after Edward Jones, who was a generous supporter of the museum and the memorial; here, students and professors alike can learn about the Great War. The materials of the collection are held in the archives and can only be retrieved by the staff, although there are plenty of learning materials available for photocopying and browsing. There is also a collection of military records and about 75,000 documents. The Edward Jones Research Center is only open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Fees and Hours of Operations

The museum opens to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. From Memorial Day to Labor Day it is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm except Saturday, when it opens at 9:00am.

For a 2-day pass, adults pay $16, while seniors and students with ID pay $14, youth aged 6-17 pay $10,and children under 6 years and members gain free entry.

Meals are available in the museum’sOver There Café, which closes at 3:00pm. Visitors may enjoy a variety of cuisines and get to literally eat like a soldier. All profits go toward the management of the museum.

Be sure to stop off at the museum store, or visit online, for the chance to purchase great artifacts and objects from all over the world as well as unique souvenirs and books to help remind you of your visit.


2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108,

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