DESCRIPTION: The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National WWI Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.
ADDRESS: 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108 USA
LOCATION: Located in Midtown Kansas City, near Crown Center and Union Station, and just south of the intersection of Pershing Road and Main Street.
WEB SITE: www.theworldwar.org
HOURS: Regular Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults $18, seniors (ages 65+) $14, youth (ages 6-18) $10. Children five and under are free. Military (Active Duty/Veterans) $14. General admission tickets include access to the Main Gallery, Exhibit Hall and Memory Hall. Tickets to Wylie Gallery special exhibitions and to the Liberty Memorial Tower (when available) are available separately. Visit theworldwar.org for most current information.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: 500,000+
HISTORY: Officially designated as the National WWI Museum and Memorial by Congress, the facility is the first American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of the Great War. Just two weeks after the November 11, 1918 Armistice, Kansas Citians embarked on a campaign which would one day create the National WWI Museum and Memorial. A community-based fundraising drive in 1919 raised more than $2.5 million in less than two weeks to build the Liberty Memorial.
The site dedication in 1921 was attended by the military leaders of the five Allied nations—the only time in history these five were together at one place. After three years of construction, the Liberty Memorial opened on Nov. 11, 1926, immediately becoming an iconic landmark. Major restoration of Liberty Memorial began in 1998, and the new Museum opened in December 2006.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: You can eat like a soldier at the museum’s Over There Café. The cafe is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on days when the museum is open. You can enjoy the cafe without purchasing a ticket to the museum. Menu items include sandwiches, salads, pizzas, soups and other delicious items. You can also grab a bite at nearby Crown Center or Union Station. Both feature restaurants with menus to match any budget.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Interactive study stations allow visitors to explore WWI in greater detail, and visitors can listen to poetry, prose, speeches and music of the era.
WHAT’S NEARBY: The museum is minutes away from several Kansas City attractions. For starters, explore Science City and the Kansas City Rail Experience at Union Station. Then tour the Hallmark Visitors Center and enjoy a performance at the award-winning Coterie Theatre in Crown Center.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition to ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the museum also hosts Taps at The Tower, a week-long event during the summer where guests are invited to listen to the simple Taps bugle call during a brief, moving ceremony.
DID YOU KNOW: Ralph Appelbaum, who designed the National WWI Museum, has been involved in more than 120 museum projects in the last 25 years. His previous works include the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. His firm, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, is the largest interpretive museum design firm in the world. For more information, visit www.raany.com.
DON’T FORGET: Take time to see one of the best views in the city. Your admission ticket includes access to the Liberty Memorial Tower which offers an impressive and unobstructed view of the Kansas City skyline.
GROUP TOURS: Please call 816-888-8110 to schedule group tour visits. School field trips should call 816-888-8113. These visits should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to any of the bus stops adjacent to the Museum grounds along Pershing Road or Main Street, or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).
PARKING: Free parking is located on the south side of the museum in the U-shaped drive and in the West Visitors Lot.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Karis Erwin, 816-888-8122 or firstname.lastname@example.org