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Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum

Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum
Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum


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Opened in December 2006, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial serves as the first American and only national museum dedicated to The Great War. Designed by Ralph Appelbaum and housed beneath the existing Liberty Memorial, the 30,000-square-foot core exhibit features more than 50,000 artifacts -- the world's second largest WWI collection behind Britain's Imperial War Museum.

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. The tower closes at 4:15 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Highlights of Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum

  • The National WWI Museum provides visitors with an unparalleled educational and entertainment experience, sharing the sights and sounds of WWI through the latest audio and video technologies, hands-on displays and realistic battlefield scenes. Almost 85 percent of the museum's collection has never been seen by the public.
  • Each visitor's journey begins with a surreal walk across a glass-floored bridge. A lush field of 9,000 red poppies lies below, each flower representing 1,000 military deaths.
  • A large-scale, multi-layered timeline presents interwoven stories, sharing the domestic, social and cultural impacts of the war to convey the individual and diverse experiences of war.
  • A walk-in shell crater — more than 20 feet in diameter and approximately 15 feet deep — demonstrates the level of damage left by artillery shells during WWI. Other key exhibits include a chilling recreation of No Man's Land, a 90 foot-long replica trench and a three-story screen depicting scenes from "the war to end all wars."
  • Memorial Tower stands 217 feet tall and is capped with four large stone figures representing Courage, Honor, Patriotism and Sacrifice.
  • Liberty Memorial's two original museum buildings flank both sides of the Tower. Memory Hall features the massive painting In Memoriam and a bronzed list of Kansas Citians lost in the war. Exhibit Hall features another masterpiece, The Pantheon de le Guerre, plus a giant British naval gun and other thematic displays.
  • Two stone Sphinxes — Memory and Future — guard the Memorial's south entrance.
  • The complex also features the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, a 230-seat auditorium that hosts films and lectures series throughout the year.


100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO


GPS Coordinates

1 -- Liberty Memorial and the National WW1 Museum
Decimal Lat: 39.0797995343221 / Lon: -94.58619050681591



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