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Liberty Memorial

A commemoration to those who fought during World War I, this memorial site includes a museum with one of the largest collections of artifacts from the Great War.

The Liberty Memorial was planned and funded in just 10 days in 1919, a remarkable achievement that indicates the public sentiment towards those who lost their lives. The building was completed in 1926 and has since been restored and expanded to include a world-class museum and exhibition center. A visit to the war memorial is one that will touch your heart and expand your mind.

Before or after your visit, be sure to wander along the pathways in front of the memorial to appreciate its size and emotional power. When the memorial opened, more than 150,000 people viewed the opening from the surrounding lawns.

Beneath the memorial is the National World War I Museum, an 80,000-square-foot (7,400-square-meter) complex. The museum traces the events of the entire war, not just the history of the American involvement. Collections include personal artifacts from frontline soldiers, military vehicles, and nationally important documents and letters. The museum has been praised for its in-depth coverage of all sides of the war, which makes it as accessible for international guests as it is for American visitors.

The museum is informative, with numerous multimedia displays that help to show the perils of war. Rent the audio guide to get even more insight into the displays. Life-size trenches, a walk-through bomb crater and a destroyed tank make for an engrossing visit. Admission to the museum also allows you to climb to the top of the memorial for a view out over the grounds and the greater Kansas City area.

The Liberty Memorial is located off Main Street, Kansas City, across from the Crown Center. On-site parking is free. Admission includes a two-day pass and is very reasonable for the quality of the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.


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Crossroads Hotel $179
Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019
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Crossroads Hotel

Crossroads Hotel

2101 Central St, Kansas City, MO
     
    4.8 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent industrial, chic, new hotel in an up and coming location. Very walkable to so many restaurants and bars - such a cool vibe for this part of town.

    Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center $112
    Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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    Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

    Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

    2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Exceptional service from front desk and valet! Great location with convenience to Union Station.

      Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown $107
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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      Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown

      Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown

      2001 Main St, Kansas City, MO
         
        4.5 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        The room was very nice and very clean. Staff was very polite and helpful. Great price for a hotel in that area. You park in a parking garage which is nice, and pretty much everything you need is either within walking distance, or you can walk to the tram stops and it’s free to ride! I honestly think ...

        Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads $130
        Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019
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        Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads

        Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads

        1571 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
           
          4.7 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          It was very convenient to the trolley which made the whole district totally accessible.

          The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center $135
          Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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          The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

          The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

          1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Traveling from a different city, I wasn’t aware that the Westport was a party area on the weekends. After one loud night that loud music went on well into 3am, I realized I was going to need to switch hotels. I chose the Westin because I was attending an intensive training there already. When I walked ...

            Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads $143
            Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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            Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads

            Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads

            2020 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Liked the decor, rooms were very clean and staff were very friendly.

              Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill by Marriott $119
              Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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              Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill by Marriott

              Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill by Marriott

              3001 Main St, Kansas City, MO
                 
                4.3 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The room was comfortable and clean. This hotel is very close to a ton of activities and offers a free shuttle service to some locations.

                Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton $101
                Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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                Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton

                Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton

                106 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved the decor, the ambience and the music in the lobby and the way they were trying to evoke the hotel's original era with those things.