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 with immersive virtual reality experiences like War Remains and Our Worlds. War Remains offers a visceral journey into "the war to end all wars" from a soldier's perspective on the Western Front, guided by Dan Carlin. Meanwhile, Our Worlds transports viewers to the presence of Choctaw soldiers stationed in France in 1918, using their native language to communicate vital messages across battlefield phone lines. These experiences provide unique insights into World War I and the contributions of those who lived through it. 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 Feb. 2025, The Little War focuses on the war through the eyes of children and families.

  • 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.