# – World War I Museum
2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108
Features: Museum, special exhibits, online collections.
Good for: History buffs, children, families, etc.
Tip: Take your time at the museum – there’s so much to look at and see.
The World War I Museum is the nation’s official World War I Museum. It’s probably one of the best museums I’ve been to, and it’s right in my backyard. There’s something everyone will be interested in, with over 75,000 artifacts from all countries involved in the Great War.
Along with your ticket to the World War I Museum, you get access to the Liberty Memorial.
The Liberty Memorial was actually the first part of the complex, before the museum itself. The gorgeous 217-foot memorial was funded solely by Kansas Citians. In 1919, KC citizens raised more than $2.5 million in just 10 days. That’s about $34 million today.
When the Liberty Memorial was done in 1921, more than 100,000 people gathered to see the supreme Allied commanders dedicate the site of the Liberty Memorial. It was the first time in history the five leaders were together in one place.
During museum hours, you can take an elevator up to the top of the tower.
About the World War I Museum
The museum was built in 2006 underneath the Liberty Memorial. As the official World War I museum of the United States, the museum is pretty impressive. There are over 75,000 artifacts, interactive exhibitions, videos and more.
It tells the story from the first shots in 1914 until the end in 1919. I like that they tell the whole story without national narrative – it’s simply facts and stories about the war.
The tickets are a little pricey – $16 each, but there is so much to see in the museum, and the tickets good for two days. Wait till Wednesdays if you want half price.
Explore the Area
Liberty Memorial Mall
The area outside the museum is beautiful. There are gorgeous murals, fountains, statues and walkways. There’s even a great view of the city without a ride to the top of Liberty Memorial.
Right across from the World War I Museum, is Union Station. The building itself is pretty incredible, with has amazing architecture and history (It was built in 1911!) There is a room of model trains, entertainment for kids and some great restaurants. I love grabbing happy hour at Pierpont’s bar.
Hop on the street car at Union Station and head to the Crossroads, Power and Light, Downtown or the River Market. It’s free to the public, and one of my favorite parts of living in the Crossroads.
Enjoy the shops, restaurants or the Hallmark Visitor’s Center in nearby Crown Center. If you’re visiting in the winter, definitely go ice skating!
Penn Valley Park
The grounds of the World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial are connected to Penn Valley Park. Take the trails up to the Kansas City Scout for another great view of the city. xx, Libbie.