Museums in Kansas City

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Museums in Kansas City

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  • FarAway41595
    9 contributions
    Go early because you are going to want to stay late. It is has excellent displays and important artifacts of the war. Even if you are not into history, it is the best thing to see in KC. Plan to spend at least 2 hours and it might take you all day. Buy the entire plan to do everything including going to the tower to see all of KC.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • Keira Mason
    Wellesley, MA3,540 contributions
    This museum was a wonderful surprise. The museum is very well laid out- a wide variety of masters. Would highly recommend a visit
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Antonia N
    6 contributions
    Loved the story of how the steamboat was found and restored - truly a labor of love. Definitely worthwhile if you are in KC.
    Written November 12, 2022
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  • Rodney R
    80 contributions
    This museum is more than baseball. This is a world and economic history lesson disguised as baseball. It is amazing to learn where so many great baseball players got their start and the affect the league had on an entire culture. The visit here was an exciting and educational experience.⚾️
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • Kathy D
    Saint Louis, MO350 contributions
    I was especially impressed by the planetarium, the Mister E. Hotel, the bike on the tightrope, and the animal exhibit. There is even a special area for children zero-to-3 years old.
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • Pat S
    5 contributions
    The quality and breadth of the collection of miniatures was fabulous. This is reported to be the largest collection of miniatures in the country. The artistry was amazing down to tiny pianos that can be played and very small chests of drawers where each drawer can be opened and closed.
    Written October 30, 2022
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  • Lauri M
    Allen, TX209 contributions
    We enjoyed our short visit to the Money Museum. It was interesting to watch the employees bundle up the straps of bills, plus I enjoyed seeing the coins on display. My husband had a good time picking up the gold bar on display.
    Written October 4, 2022
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  • ificouldonlyfly
    Yankton, SD263 contributions
    Although this place is free, they recommend you book time online before going. Not knowing how our first day in KC would go, I didn't do this but luckily they had no-shows and let us in. My daughter is 10 and really enjoyed being here. There were lots of stations to create, color, cut, tape (my daughter LOVES tape...), a place to design a puzzle and then cut it into pieces, painting with crayola wax too. I didn't know it was timed, so before she did everyting, they said the session had ended and it was time to go. Each child gets a paper bag to put their arts & crafts in to take home. One complaint though - nowhere for the parents to sit. Would've loved some benches, as my daughter takes a long time coloring and creating and I would've loved to sit and enjoy the time there that way....But overall if you have kids, this is a great place to visit.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • flaps
    Upton upon Severn, UK3 contributions
    This is a volunteer-based facility at the old Kansas City airport. I find it staggering that such an important piece of local if not national history can only continue to exist on the basis of donations and goodwill.

    The building is original and there are aircraft that luminaries like Howard Hughes and Chuck Yeager personally flew. I flew over from England to visit and it was worth it. An absolute gem amongst aviation museums and wonderful, wonderful staff members. Really America: enjoy this while you can.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • Winston
    16 contributions
    Got combo ticket mainly there for baseball museum however this was nice. Many interactive stations. I did enjoy learning history of area. Gift shop was a little limited.
    Written July 14, 2022
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  • Michele C
    Las Vegas, NV449 contributions
    The art is very thoughtful. The building and outdoor sculptures amazing. You can dine at the museum too. Take the time to enjoy the scene.
    Written September 28, 2022
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  • Atraveler
    6 contributions
    My teen son and I enjoyed the Basketball Experience, but felt the Hall of Fame was pretty lame compared to College Football, MLB and NFL HoFs.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Kyler K
    1 contribution
    It was so fun me and my family had a great time so you should go there you will not regret it the optical illusions were fun
    Written November 18, 2022
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  • Clifford C
    Kansas City, MO5 contributions
    I want to add some context after reading many comments and visiting for myself. First, all the major buildings now have weatherproof signs outside, some of them very interesting and detailed. It was not a bad walk for an elderly person (me) who walks city residential sidewalks 1 - 2 miles per day. The footpaths are pea gravel, not paved, so the trek was a little hard on the ankles and knees, but I managed just fine by going slowly and being extra careful. The restrooms are adjacent to the chapel, almost the fartherest distance from the entrance. It would be helpful to have additional directional signs. There is wheelchair access to the restrooms, doctor's house, and mansion that I noticed, but I think the paths are in need of end-of-winter maintanence. The hill up from the top of the parking lot to the bison pen is only about 50 steps, so it was easily manageable for me. I suspect a person using a wheelchair would need assistance getting up there. There were six animals or so, and one hay feeder in the pen. Some old tractor-drawn farm machines were adjacent to the pen: one hay rake, a harrow, and two, 2-row corn planters. From there one can see almost all of the 25 or so buildings scattered along the east side of the ridgeline. A lot of work has gone into it. I would have been happy seeing only that much. As we visited the individual buildings, my friend and I had many little conversations regarding differences between technology today and 150 years ago, more or less. It is only about 0.3 mile from the bison pen to the only ridgeline building, the mansion. Two large picnic tables are between them. Some people were enjoying themselves while flying kites on this windy day. I spent one hour walking one mile there, not on a first Saturday of the month, so no presentations and no entrance fee. I would imagine staying for three hours on a first Saturday of a month. We saw a large hawk hunting for prey near there. The museum was great as something different to do!
    Written April 5, 2021
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  • middle_aged_mom_12
    KC229 contributions
    While getting there requires driving through some of the worst, most crime-ridden areas of KCMO, once you get to the KC museum you are in an oasis of a grand old neighborhood, full of huge old houses from the early 1900’s.
    All museum parking is on the street, unfortunately. There is an outdoor elevator for those unable to navigate stairs to the entrance. There is another elevator inside.
    The first floor of the former Long home has been restored beautifully, with breath-taking features in every room.
    The basement is home to a large game room where you are welcome to play billiards or the other games like checkers. The basement also has a small beverage area, but apparently it’s not open yet.
    The top two floors of the museum feature KCMO’s history, in a modern presentation. They invited local artists to create some of displays, which I would describe as bizarre. They are still developing the museum but some of the features are working (like when you stand in a certain area of a room, it starts playing a video, playing music, or both.
    Admission is currently free, as is parking, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a look. I doubt that will always be the case, so see it while it’s free.
    Written August 18, 2022
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