National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and Memorial
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America's leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum and Memorial takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America's official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National WWI Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.
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  • Voyager61150082324
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    An incredible museum that’s worth every penny. Would certainly go again & highly recommend. The only disappointment was a young lady in admissions was wearing a black history matters tshirt that was offensive & inappropriate. How does that bs have anything to do with WWI history?
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 29, 2023
  • JG_EDH
    El Dorado Hills, California211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very kewl experience and history lesson
    Very cool experience. If in Kansas City this museum is a worthy experience. I learned a lot about World War 1 and the history behind what thrust the United States into the war. Pay the extra feel for the audio tour. You’ll be glad you did.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • patlv23
    Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice for a picnic too
    We only visited the park and grounds since the museum was closed when we drove through Kansas City. It is pretty much a park so it's a good place to stop for a picnic. The tower is of course the centerpiece, worthy enough to visit on its own. The area behind the museum has some nice wall sculptures and fountains. It also offers a good view of the Kansas City skyline, especially with Union Station at foreground.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Kirk B
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great museum of an almost forgotten war.
    What an amazing museum in an unlikely place of a war that is mostly forgotten. All the exhibits and displays are top notch and loaded with information. There are a couple of great and informative movies to watch as well. A must visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • KBD87
    Arkansas1,269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Kansas City must
    After many trips to KC I finally made time to check out this museum. It is a beautiful museum on the outside with stunning views of downtown and a tower to go up in if you choose. The grounds and fountains are terrific as well and there are many walkers and joggers. The standard fee is 18 dollars then there are several add ons as well. I started the tour with an informative film about the beginnings of the Great War and then you move right into the exhibits. There are thousands of small items and several field artillery pieces as well as one tank and a couple of airplanes. There are lots of interpretive stations and you can spend as little as an hour or you could easily spend all day. There were tons of docents and staff to help. It doesn’t flow exceptionally well in my opinion but if you backtrack on accident there will be things you missed anyway. This is a must for anyone that loves history or had an ancestor in the war.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Minetta S
    Richardson, Texas174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for history buffs
    If you are a history buff this is a must. The introductory video is so well done and reminded me of the history and time line of event. Excellent artifacts and well displayed. Sadly it was not the war to end all wars. A quote that hit me was "Peace is just a pause of war. "
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Joe L
    New York City, New York95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the tower first!
    Outstanding museum with the largest collection of WWI artifacts in the world. I recommend purchasing your admission and tower access tickets ahead of time online, then if you arrive in the morning proceed straight to the upper level and visit the tower. The tower elevator and stairs have limited space, so best to visit that before the crowd arrives and the temperature rises. Tower provides great views of KC. Then visit the special exhibits also located on that upper level - some special treasures in there and a unique approach to displaying items as they did so thematically. Then go downstairs (elevator available) and proceed to the main exhibit. If you like to read everything and watch all of the videos, plan to be there a few hours. The docents were knowledgeable and are always willing to share their stories (ask about the poppy field). There is another display on a lower level, a bit hard to find. Cafe was reasonably priced and had a decent selection for families. Good gift shop as well. Highly recommend visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Marc F
    Lincoln, Nebraska267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best museum in KC
    We visited the WWI museum during the NFL draft in KC & it didn’t disappoint whatsoever! Great exhibits! Awesome staff who I learned quite a bit about the history of the world! I would definitely recommend visiting to someone living in KC or visiting KC
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Mike S
    Arlington, Texas2,402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a MUST When in Kansas City
    We were visiting relatives in KC and they were looking for ways to entertain us (other than eating some really good BBQ) and suggested we go here. I didn't even know there was a National WWI Museum and Memorial. And I wouldn't have expected it to be in KC but why not, I suppose. I am so glad they suggested this and that we were willing. This was everything you would expect from a National Museum and Memorial and then some. The museum is incredibly well done with exhibits of everything from handheld weapons to crew-served artillery to recreations of the trenches and the conditions the troops on both sides endured. There is quite a bit of walking but there are places to sit down and take a rest, if needed. And it's easily accessible with a walker or wheelchair. The memorial is of the Washington Monument type. There is an elevator most of the way up but there are stairs to climb towards the top. Definitely not handicap accessible beyond the elevator level. The view from the top though is worth those stairs if you can do it. It's open air, 360 degree walk around with unobstructed views. No Plexiglas or bars. I took a couple of panoramic pictures with my iPhone but they don't do it justice. And with having family with us that have lived in KC for years, they were able to point out a lot of the buildings in the city and what they were. When you go, I recommend doing the memorial first. The elevator has limited capacity as does the area at the top and we were told the wait gets longer as the day goes on. There is a small extra charge to go up to the top of the memorial but it is well worth it. I can't imagine passing that up. And at the bottom of the memorial are several displays of items from the time including clothing, uniforms, letters, entertainment and yes, prophylactics that were distributed to the troops. Just an example of the variety of items on display. All very well done and explained. We spent about five hours there and, if everyone hadn't been eager to go to Joe's and get BBQ, I could have and would have spent the rest of the day there. There is that much to see. It's very educational and interesting and shows how much the folks of that time, throughout the world , endured during "The War To End All Wars...that unfortunately wasn't.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • mrc282
    World8,509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    vantage point for kansas city skyline
    good view of kansas city skyline from here. because it is at elevated grounds. perfect for just laying on the grass and relaxing if you wish to go up the tower, you can get the ticket from the museum before walking over to the base of the tower.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
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Max D
New York640 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
After a recent snow storm there were a lot of snow on the steps up the museum and there were a lot of steps. You think they clean it for tourists but nothing. Good thing it wasn’t icy but quite a hike up. After climbing up the snow covered steps and then going down a ramp to the main entrance, the door said closed on Monday. That’s stupid. My bad for not checking but what kind of museum closes on a Monday? And why do I have to drive up? Ppl with no cars don’t matter apparently. Dumbest museum ever.
Written January 14, 2020
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Carrie
Tucson, AZ189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went the night after the Chiefs won the SuperBowl to check out the lights at Union Station and across the city. It was our fist time being there (even though I'm from KC, I never visited the monument). The tower was tall and imposing looking in the dark and made for some striking photographs. I loved that the "smoke" coming from the top had been lighted red in honor of the Chiefs. There was ample street parking and generous lighting for a night-time crowd to amble about and feel safe.

My husband and I both decided that we'd like to someday come back and tour the museum and ride the elevator to the top.
Written February 13, 2020
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Nathan G
Southaven, MS46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The museum is nice and thorough, but for a national museum, it’s expensive and the pricing is deceptive.

The sign at the ticket counter states: General Admission gives access to the Main Exhibit, Memory Hall, and a few other select areas. We did not want to pay for the Jim Crow exhibit, but I though we would be fine for the others because it clearly stated that we had access to Memory Hall. I pointed this out when we were told we didn’t have the proper tickets, and the kid working at the entrance to Memory Hall actually said, “I don’t believe you.”

I told him I would take a photo of the sign and show him so I could gain entry, so I went back down the elevator, snapped a photo, and showed him (see attached). He said some nonsense about there being a special exhibit and that there was a sign by the elevator. When I asked him where we purchased tickets, he said, “At the ticket counter,” which is, of course, where the sign indicates you’ll get access to Memory Hall. He said it was too close to being over for them to make the signage accurate for patrons.

We informed Guest Services and they also said the signage didn’t matter. For $18 per person (!) I should be able to fire off a test shot from one of the many cannons on display, but at the very least, honor what you advertise and fix it after the fact. It’s really unacceptable and shows a lack of integrity to advertise something, even if it was a mistake, and refuse to honor it.
Written August 7, 2022
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Trish W
McMurray, PA1,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This memorial to WWI was the highlight of our visit to Kansas City. Admission was reasonable, the tower has an elevator almost to the top, only 43 steps at top and a spectacular view of the city. We knew very little about WWI and we got a wealth of knowledge from touring the museum and watching the two informative films as well as following the progression of the war. We only planned to be here 2 hours but ended up spending 3-1/2 hrs. There is so much to digest here.
Written September 27, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Outstanding museum telling the story of World War 1, not only the war but also the global events that led up to it. One of the best military museums I’ve ever visited and not to be missed if you have any interest in history. After watching an introductory film, you walk across the very moving glass bridge over the “poppy field” and you will then enter the main galleries filled with many WW1 artifacts including tanks, planes and armaments along with many interactive displays. There are replica trenches and the film in the Horizon Theater is outstanding and includes a replication of a “No Man’s Land”. The extra amount we paid for the audio guide was well worth it. Make sure to include a visit outside to the Memorial which dates back to 1926 when the museum first opened and ride the elevator to the top for some great views of Downtown KC. Allow at least 3 hours to fully enjoy the museum.
Written January 1, 2022
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SAinPA
Carlisle, PA621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
What an amazing museum of WWI. I knew a little about WWI but this museum tells the rest of the story. Tells the reasons for the war and the chronology of events and battles and the world during the war.
An amazing collection of military weapons and impedimenta from all of the countries involved in the war. Where did they find all of these items? Guns, knives, uniforms, tanks. Displays of all kinds.
We only had a few hours, but you could spend days in this great museum. The docents all seemed to be military veterans and could answer any question that I had.
We watched the introductory movie and it gives you a good start on understanding the war.
We paid the additional $2 to go up into the tower and it did provide great views of Kansas City.
I think young kids would not enjoy the museum unless they are true budding historians. But, if you are a military historian, you will enjoy this museum!
Found free safe parking in the ellipse area.
Museum opens at 10 AM. Has a snack bar area for lunch.
A hidden gem in Kansas City!
Written August 17, 2021
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Ann W
Manitowoc, WI37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Booked when Covid restrictions were just lifted. No masks required.. hand sanitizer everywhere. Poppies were a touching memorial. The veteran volunteers were more than helpful. We missed out on the 2 outdoor exhibits at the top of the memorial. Take note that they close at 4:30pm and the museum closes at 5pm. Parking was free on the loop road up to the museum. Nice picnic area and outdoor toilet facilities as well. Lots of reading in the museum, but my teenagers were very interested.
Written June 16, 2020
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eklbrogers
Laurel, DE65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
So well done. This museum does a great job of building context for those who are unaware of the events that led to the Great War. While I only learned a couple of things I didn't know already, the experience of being present with these artifacts and seeing the tower was so wonderful. I highly recommend this museum to anyone with even a passing interest in world history. We also bought tickets for War Remains and it was epic. It is a must do for anyone visiting the museum. Trench warfare and its horrors are impossible to imagine. Dan Carlin made it possible for us to get just a glimpse of what trench warfare was like. One of the best experiences of my life.
Written October 10, 2021
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nearmiss
St Louis, MO200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We have been to KC a few times, but never to do the tourist type events. With Covid19, there are reduced hours or closures to other museums, so we picked the National WWI museum to check out.

The museum is divided into two distinct parts. The first half is before the US entered the war, the 2nd half is after the US entered the war. The museum and related materials was fascinating. I learned quite a bit about the "Great War", and enjoyed it very much. Definitely recommend.

The museum is easy to locate, and we had no problems finding a close parking space on a Saturday morning.
Written July 9, 2020
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Charla
Houston, TX12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This museum is nicely done and takes you sequentially through the events of WWI. There is a short film prior to entering the museum. There is a small gift shop that was open. The cafe wasn't open. We paid extra to go up the memorial tower to enjoy the view; however, we were only up there about 30 seconds. There were swarms of wasps making it impossible to enjoy the view and we immediately went back down. That is the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. Otherwise, it is an informative and worthwhile experience.
Written October 12, 2021
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