Visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial for a glimpse into life for soldiers and civilians during the “war to end all wars.” This widely acclaimed museum offers an in-depth insight into this devastating period of history, using a mix of interactive exhibits, large-scale replicas and genuine historical artifacts to tell the stories of those who lived through the war. Pay your respects at the Liberty Memorial, which stood here well before the museum was constructed.
In 1919, $2.5 million was raised to pay for a war memorial in Kansas City. This was an astoundingly large amount at the time, but it took only 10 days to raise the funds. The city’s residents were desperate to honor those who had so recently fallen. Stand outside the spectacular Egyptian Revival-style landmark now and imagine it as it must have looked in 1926, when 150,000 people attended its opening. In 2004, work began on a large museum expansion. Visit to retrace the steps of famous guests including former U.S. President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain and actor Kevin Costner.
Explore the museum’s permanent collections for a comprehensive view of World War I that covers the situation in the U.S. as well as abroad. See a genuine tank that still bears a hole created by a German shell. Witness the destruction caused by bombs as you explore a replica crater. Imagine yourself on the front line as you hide in life-size trenches and discover the stories of individual lives by seeing possessions once owned by soldiers.
Check the museum’s website to see what temporary exhibitions are scheduled during your visit. Expect to see exhibits on subjects such as wartime advertising and propaganda, the experience of war in particular countries and war photography.
Opening hours for the National World War I Museum and Memorial are seasonal. In some months the museum is closed on Mondays. Pay an admission fee to enter the museum itself, but admire the striking memorial from outside for free at any time.
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