The National WWI Museum Memorial, as the name suggests it is a museum majorly dedicated to the World War I. The gates of the museum were open to the public in 1926 under the alias of Liberty Memorial Museum. In 2004, the Museum was designated as America's official museum devoted to World War I. The sole objective of the museum and memorial is declared to be “dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.” Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners manages the museum and memorial along with a non-profit organization. The museum has an award-winning ability to manifest an artifact collection that launched in 1920. The Museum represents the great story behind the Great World War and some events related to it. It also tells us the stories of the origins of the war and the events which happened before 1914, and even after the armistice day.
Relive the heroics and the tales about the greatest and the first war of the world
The central doors are made up of bronze. The partitions of the first-floor entryway are made up with Kasota stone. A limestone which goes by the name of Travertine is used to polish the corridor of the first floor and the stairway. For this purpose, Travertine was specially transported from Italy. The head of the memorial tower gives a glowing effect by orange and red lights creating an illusion of a pyre burning. It can be spotted from a distance.
The buildings, just like the tower, are composed in the classic Egyptian architecture. The exterior is made up of limestone. The use of sawed granite constructs the foundation. The magnificent Bedford Stones erected the exterior walls. The buildings consist mainly of the Memory Hall including the murals drawn for the Panthéon de la Guerre located in Paris.
Many exhibitions also take place in the main building of the museum. The main building in itself is a great work of architecture. Ralph Appelbaum Associates designed the underground portion. There is a large and a magnificent art on the wall of the north side of the museum just below the Tower of Liberty. You can see the work of art clearly from the Union Station across Perishing Road.
Edward Jones Research Center
If you want to study more about the World Wars, then this place is suitable for you. You can casually research about the great war. The graduate professors and historians can access the books for free. It offers the information from ground zero of the battles. A vast inventory of Journals, photos, and primary texts makes up the whole library of the museum.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy the tickets easily. Tickets are purchased from the main entrance. Online tickets are also available from different sites. A ticket of $16 is set for the adults. $10 ticket is available for youth which falls under the age group of 6-18. A price tag of $14 is for the ticket of Senior Citizens of the age of 65+. There is no free ticket for the kids.
How To Get Around?
There are a lot of interesting sites to discover in the Museum. A lot of magnificent works of arts and things related to history can also be witnessed in the Memorial. So exploring the place on foot is highly recommended. Use of bicycles and motorcycles is forbidden. However, elderly citizens and physically challenged people can use a wheelchair as a means of locomotion.
What Should I Wear?
Kansas, as we all know is a cold city. It is highly recommended that a person chooses warm clothes to wear. Dressing up neatly and sharply is a person's own choice, but it looks nice, given the aura of the museum which is a magnificent and historical place.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is open from 10 a.m in the morning till 5 p.m in the evening. The time of visit doesn't matter. It will still be a great experience irrespective of the time of appointment. Just make sure that you don't have to hurry, and you can spend enough time to devote to appreciate the magnificence.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
The Museum is in Kansas so that you can travel to Kansas by any means. Either take a flight to Missouri, or travel by car if you're nearby or take a train. Reach the Union Station in Kansas City and from there; it is just 0.5 miles away. It would take 10 minutes on foot.
Vandalization of the property of the museum is strictly prohibited. Legal action is taken against anyone who tries to damage the property of the museum or memorial.