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National World War I Museum and Memorial

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Address: 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone Number: +1 816-888-8100
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Description: The National World War I Museum and Memorial is the only American museum...
The National World War I Museum and 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.
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I've been privileged to visit the museum and memorial several times, and I always learn something new, or see the same exhibit in a different way. Thank you to the curator and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Youngstown, United States
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Youngstown, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I've been privileged to visit the museum and memorial several times, and I always learn something new, or see the same exhibit in a different way. Thank you to the curator and staff for constantly striving to bring traveling exhibits to complement the permanent displays. We are returning in July, and this visit will be so very exciting, as we... More 

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Carthage, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The WWI museum was very well done, with much more to see than is doable in one visit. I could spend all day there. Don't miss out on the spectacular view of downtown KC from the upper deck area where the entrance to the tower is located.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A lot of information packed into a small space but more than worth the visit. The permanent exhibits give an excellent, unbiased overview of WWI while the changing exhibits focus attention on more specific battles/events - not necessarily from WWI. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. The tower gives a fabulous view of Kansas City

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I've walked through this museum before, but got to visit it again this Memorial Day. Its amazing to read all the personal stories of the men and women who fought in the war. Its easy to speed read and not become emotional, but to imagine these people being a relative or someone you knew makes it all more personal. The... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I learned so much about WW1 by going through this museum. It has a striking entrance. All I'll say is "lots of poppies". It has a wonderful layout and starts with the timeline that led up to the beginning of the war. We get to explore a fox hole and many of the requisite uniform and weapon display. It is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Nice place, going to the top of tower was wonderful. They share a lot of info by written pool plaques would have benefitted from more multimedia exhibits. Right downtown by the federal reserve money museum and the hallmark visitor center and union station.

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is a National Treasure and should be mandatory for all Americans to visit. Allow ample time as there is much to see and do.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

One of the best museums I've ever been to. It explains the causes leading to the war along with a great description of how the war proceeded. There are booths where you can listen to songs and speeches from that era as well as other audio visual presentations. Don't miss it.

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is excellent, and I would highly recommend a visit. The museum has a broad range of artifacts and the displays are well done.The two films do a good job at explaining what led up to the war and what instigated the U.S. involvement. The staff are knowledgeable and gave mini-lectures for those interested. Besides that, the food... More 

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Cheyenne, WY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Since this was a visit to see family, I had only about two hours of free time, and I am so glad I spent that time here. The memorial itself is beautiful. I knew very little about WWI and I feel well-educated after having visited the museum. Make sure to watch the movie at the beginning of the exhibit as... More 

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