NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL

WWI Museum - Michael Weaver

DESCRIPTION: The National World War I 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 World War I 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: 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo.

LOCATION: Located in Midtown Kansas City, near Crown Center and Union Station, and just south of the intersection of Pershing Road and Main Street.

PHONE: 816-888-8100

WEB SITE: www.theworldwar.org

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook-National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Twitter- @TheWWImuseum, Instagram-nationalwwimuseum

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The National World War I Museum and Memorial provides visitors with an unparalleled educational and entertainment experience, sharing the sights and sounds of the First World War through the latest audio and video technologies, hands-on displays and realistic battlefield scenes.
  • With more than 100,000 objects and documents, the museum holds the most diverse collection of Great War items in the world.
  • Each visitor’s journey begins with a surreal walk across a glass-floored bridge. A lush field of 9,000 red poppies lies below, each flower representing 1,000 military deaths.
  • A large-scale, multi-layered timeline presents interwoven stories, sharing the domestic, social and cultural impacts of the war to convey the individual and diverse experiences of war.
  • A walk-in shell crater—more than 20 feet in diameter and approximately 15-feet deep—demonstrates the level of damage left by artillery shells during WWI. Other key exhibits include a chilling recreation of No Man’s Land, a 90 foot-long replica trench and a three-story screen which displays a short film of how America became involved in the global conflict.
  • Visitors can ascend to the top of the Liberty Memorial Tower, one of the largest war memorials in the world at 217 feet tall.
  • The museum’s collection includes large remnants of the Pantheon de la Guerre – formerly the world’s largest painting at 402 feet by 45 feet that originally featured 6,000 prominent Allied nations figures from WWI.

HOURS:

Regular Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6p.m.

ADMISSION: Adults $14, seniors $12, students (18+ with ID) $12, youth (aged 6-17) $8. Children five and under are free. Active duty military with ID receive half price admission. Families of active duty military, career retired military, teachers and area convention attendees with ID receive $2 off regular admission. All tickets $7 every Wednesday. Tickets allow guests access to all galleries, special exhibits and the Liberty Memorial Tower. Tickets may be used on two consecutive days. If purchased Sunday, and the Museum is closed on Monday, the second day is Tuesday.

HISTORY: Officially designated as the National World War I Museum and Memorial by Congress, the facility is the only 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 World War I 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 World War I 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). 

DRIVING: 

From the north: Take I-35 South to the Broadway exit. Turn left on Broadway Boulevard and continue to travel south. Take the first left (29th Street). Turn left at Wyandotte. Follow it to the entrance of the museum.

From the south: Take I-35 North to the Broadway exit. Turn right on Broadway Boulevard and continue to travel south. Turn left on Pershing Road and then right on Kessler Road. Follow it to the entrance of the museum.

From the east: Take I-70 West to I-35 South. Take the Broadway exit. Turn left on Broadway Boulevard and continue to travel south. Take the first left (29th Street). Turn left at Wyandotte. Follow it to the entrance of the museum.

From the west: Take I-70 East to I-670. Then merge onto I-35 South. Take the Broadway exit. Turn left on Broadway Boulevard and continue to travel south. Take the first left (29th Street). Turn left at Wyandotte. Follow it to the entrance of the museum.

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: Mike Vietti, marketing communications manager, 816-888-8122 or mvietti@theworldwar.org

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