THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT KANSAS CITY

National Archives

DESCRIPTION: The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in the region. Visitors can research genealogy, tour the We the People exhibit and attend public programs and lectures.

ADDRESS: 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO

LOCATION: Downtown Kansas City near Union Station and Crown Center

PHONE: 816-268-8000

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Public programs include evening author lectures and guest speakers, research in archives and teaching history using archival documents. The organization also offers free tours of the facility and exhibits. Check the website for schedule of current programming.
  • The exhibit gallery features the We the People exhibition that highlights a variety of records from the holdings related to civil rights and civil liberties, World War I and II, and immigration. Check the website for more details. 

HOURS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The facility is closed on weekends and Federal holidays. 

ADMISSION: Free access to documents, displays and exhibits, online genealogy subscription services, workshops and events.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Nearby Union Station houses two full-service restaurants, ranging from upscale dining such as steaks and seafood at Pierpont's to casual fare such as soups, salads and burgers at Harvey’s at Union Station. In addition, Parisi Café and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory feature snacks and beverages. Several restaurants in the nearby Freight House District are accessible via the station's pedestrian walkway.

WHAT’S NEARBY: Historic Union Station, home to an exhibit exploring the history of the American railroad, Science City, various restaurants and more is nearby. Use the Link walkway in Union Station to access Crown Center, home to shops, restaurants and entertainment options or visit the Crossroads Arts District via Union Station's pedestrian walkway. The National WWI  Museum and Memorial is also within walking distance.

DON’T FORGET: Bring identification such as a driver’s license, passport or student identification card so that you may be issued a researcher’s card.

GROUP TOURS:  Guided tours are free and may be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guided tours are for small grups of no more than 12 people and are schedule based upon staff availability. Please call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a group tour. Group tours can be booked up to three months in advance. Please be prepared to provide the following information: date requested for tour, time of arrival, time of departure, total number of adults, contact person, phone number and an e-mail address. Please allow a minimum of 45 minutes for a group tour.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Union Station stop or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).

PARKING: Visitors to the National Archives should park in front of the building, or in the Union Station parking garage just east of the Archives. Parking is free in the Archives lot; fees apply when parking in the Union Station garage.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kimberlee Ried, archives specialist, 816-268-8000 or kimberlee.ried@nara.gov

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