Film History of the National WWI Museum & Memorial

The National WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial—iconic landmarks in Kansas City—have been featured in countless television programs and films.

The Day After

Some films focus on the Liberty Memorial’s history, while others, like The Day After, used this KC landmark for a far more cinematic purpose. The movie, which was about a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, is to this day the most watched and highest rated TV movie of all time.

The Day After filmed in Lawrence and Kansas City

While much of the film was shot in nearby Lawrence, the production made its way eastward for vital scenes in which Liberty Memorial and Kansas City are reduced to rubble. In the final scene, actor Jason Robards walks through the fallout of the attack and witnesses what’s left of Liberty Memorial and the city in a dramatic end to the film.

Article 99

The memorial also features prominently in the Howard Deutch film, Article 99, which follows a group of doctors at a veteran’s hospital as they fight the bureaucracy and belt-tightening of hospital administrators in order to care for and protect their patients.

Article 99 Filmed in Kansas City Mo

The film was set in the now-demolished St. Mary’s Hospital, which once overlooked Liberty Memorial and KC’s Downtown skyline, and featured an incredible cast, including Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Lea Thompson and John Mahoney.

Fast Facts

  • The tragic events of the First World War have been explored through countless films and television programs since it took place 1914–1918. But, coincidentally, the first film ever to win an Oscar for Best Picture was William A. Wellman’s WWI aviation spectacle Wings, which starred KC native—and KU graduate—Charles “Buddy” Rogers.
  • Opened November 11, 1926
  • The nation’s only World War I museum

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Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

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Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

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B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

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Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

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