The National World War I Museum and Memorial

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The National World War I Museum and Memorial

 Step right into history brought to life. With stories and songs, the sounds of battle, and objects of war, the National World War I Museum enables visitors to understand the causes and experiences of the war and leaves the visitor with the desire for a forever peace.

 The museum features one of the largest collections of artifacts from the period, spanning all combative nations. Additionally, the museum collection features paintings and sculptures, over 1,000 poster designs, and the remaining sections of an original 420 feet cyclorama that is one of the most significant remaining art paintings from the period. The site was dedicated in 1921 as the first American commemoration to those who served in the Great War. Funded by immense public subscription, the Liberty Memorial, constructed in classical Egyptian Revival style, was completed in 1926.

Ride the elevator to the top of the tower bearing the eternal flame and you’ll get a spectacular 360 degree view which includes Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. At the confluence of the Kaw and Missouri Rivers, view the former stockyards and industrial areas. To the south, overlook treetops sheltering expansive suburbs. Among the buildings visible from high above: Union Station; One Park Place, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1963 and now listed on the National Historic Register; the landmark “boat-shaped” building still bearing its original animated neon sign for Western Auto; Art Deco skyscrapers; the sculptural sweep of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards.

Take a break for lunch or a snack at the Over There Café.

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