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National World War I Museum

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

The US National World War I Museum is a comprehensive museum of the history and legacy of this global conflict.

Antara Bate

14 Jul 2021
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About National World War I Museum

The US National World War I Museum chronicles the events of the conflict that engulfed thirty-six countries around the globe from 1914 to 1919.

National World War I Museum history

Soon after World War One ended, Kansas City leaders formed the Liberty Memorial Association (LMA) to create a lasting monument to the men and women who had served in the war.

In 1921, more than 100,000 people gathered to see the supreme Allied commanders dedicate the site of the Liberty Memorial. This was the first time in history these five leaders were together in one place.

In 2004, the Museum and Memorial were designated by Congress as the nation’s official World War I Museum, and construction started on a new 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum and the Edward Jones Research Center underneath the Liberty Memorial.

From the origins of the conflict to the experiences of those who went through it and its aftermath, the National World War I Museum explores all aspects of this “Great War”.

National World War I Museum today

In its main exhibition, the National World War I Museum offers an impressive range of information, objects and exhibits to tell this dramatic story. From symbolic elements such as a 9,000-strong poppy field, timelines and personal belongings of civilians to the imposing big guns, it’s all on display.

There are also several films and interactive elements as well as recreations of trench systems. Part of what makes the National World War I Museum so interesting is that its collection derives from all the countries involved in the war, providing a fascinating overview from all angles.

Those who visit the museum can climb the tower of the Liberty Memorial.

Getting to National World War I Museum

Most visitors choose to drive to the museum. The nearest public transport stops to the museum and memorial are Union Station, Main St./27th St. and Main St./29th St.

Free parking is located on the south side of the Museum and Memorial in the U-shaped drive and in the West Visitors Lot.