National WWI Museum and Memorial

Ranked one of the country’s top 25 museums by TripAdvisor, the National WWI Museum and Memorial is a true American treasure, sharing the sights, sounds and stories of the First World War through state-of-the-art exhibitions and programs.


  • A walk-in shell crater. A chilling re-creation of No Man’s Land. This isn’t your normal museum and neither are its contents. Get up close and personal with the most comprehensive collection of WWI objects and documents in the world, ensuring there’s always something new to learn and experience inside the museum’s spacious galleries.

  • For views of the city you won’t find anywhere else, ascend to the top of the Memorial Tower, dedicated in 1926 by President Calvin Coolidge. As one of the largest war memorials in the world at a lofty 217 feet, it’s no surprise that the landmark delivers one of the most awe-inspiring vantage points of the Kansas City skyline. Be sure to capture the moment with a picture.

  • Step into history in War Remains, a 12-minute, fully immersive virtual reality experience that brings to life “the war to end all wars” from a soldier’s point of view on the Western Front. Presented by legendary Hardcore History podcaster Dan Carlin, War Remains is a thought-provoking, visceral experience for visitors aged 14 and up. Separate ticket is required.

  • Gain new understanding of the founding catastrophe of the 20th century, and its enduring impact on our world today. Don’t miss the Museum and Memorial’s ever-changing exhibitions that provide additional perspectives on the Great War and surrounding events. Through April 3, Snapshots showcases more than 100 images that capture unique and rare frames of real people in everyday moments during the Great War.

  • Each year, the Museum and Memorial plays host to a series of unforgettable gatherings with the The Memorial and Kansas City skyline as a brilliant backdrop. Punctuated by Celebration at the Station on Memorial Day weekend and the Stars & Stripes Picnic on Fourth of July weekend—plus the return of Kansas City’s Great Balloon Glow in August—expect a calendar filled with some of the city’s favorite annual festivities.