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National World War I Museum

100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
816-888-8100
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Ranked #1 of 99 attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal... more » Owner description: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today. With one of the greatest collections of World War I artifacts anywhere in the world, the new state-of-the-art complex uses highly-interactive technology to bring history to life. The Museum is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at the corner of Pershing and Main. « less
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The museum is a very impressive venue. The architecture is massive and imposing. The displays in the museum provide a very extensive and comprehensible understanding of how the "Great War" came about. The artifacts on display help tell the tragic story of the huge losses suffered on all sides. The story is also an ominous prophesy of what is developing... More

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lees summit, mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to spend several hours. It is part of the national museums and located right here in Kansas City. Also a great place to view the city.

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Tiburon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, World War I did not end all wars, but it was a significant world event, and set the stage for many events that came afterward. The museum uses film clips, time lines, and exhibits of items from the time to create a vision of life during World War I. Well worth spending some time there!

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Colorado
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186 reviews 186 reviews
31 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Think Smithsonian in quality ... that's how good this WW1 museum is. We've been to KC for years, and seen the monument, but never knew about the museum until we reviewed TripAdvisor recommendations for attractions. My, oh my, were we ever pleased and surprised. We loved the diorama, and how the museum was broken into the war "before the US... More

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Mesquite, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We didn't have time to go into this museum, but just wanted to say that the grounds themselves are amazingly beautiful!

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Little Rock
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hit this museum with an 8yo. While it wasn't totally within his grasp there was plenty to ground him to the features of the museum and the historical significance. While not really an interactive museum there was plenty of touchable material and some hands-on pieces, dioramas and videos to give further context to what was being presented. The layout of... More

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Oklahoma City, OK
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11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I was not aware of this attraction until we got to KC. It contains a exhibits that offer a detailed timeline of all of the major dates and events of WWI and a lot of arms, vehicles, uniforms and other items used by the soldiers. For anyone interested in the history of WWI and the materiel used, this is a... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Begins with a 12-minute film that does a nice job of summarizing a very complex issue (why WWI started), then leads visitors through the early years of the war (before U.S. entry), then the later years of the war (with U.S. involvement). Liberty Tower outside is a lovely monument and provides nice views of the city from the top deck.

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Homestead, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Such a great collection of historical artifacts and information and a wonderful tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much.

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Nova Scotia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is staffed by very a well informed, interested and involved personnel regardless of what area of the museum you are in including the elevator that takes you up the Liberty Memorial Tower. The films and displays are well done, thought provoking and leave you with a desire to delve a little... More

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