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“Excellent Museum about World War 1”

National World War I Museum and Memorial
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Ranked #1 of 165 things to do in Kansas City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America's leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America's official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 8 May 2014

World War 1 does not get as much attention as WW2 but it was a world wide conflict and a horrible war. This museum explains what happened and the horrible conditions under which the soldiers fought and died. Also an excellent description of how the US got involved. A must see if you go to Kansas City. The facility is outstanding and they have a nice cafe if you are there at lunch. You will be in a better place to understand the events of the first half of the 20th Century

Thank califken
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

If you enjoy war museums, this is one you shouldn't miss. Lovely presentations, informative displays, and a lot of artifacts. Moving and educational.

Thank Talia62
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The title says it all. It was an incredible experience. Was there for a few hours and still didn't see everything. My wife, who isn't the slightest bit interested in history, really enjoyed it too. Great thing to do on a nasty weather day in KC.

Thank jvw10
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I lived in KC in the 1980's. At the time this place was mostly known as a gay cruising place...something to avoid, esp. at night. No museum. Wow.....the museum and exhibits are just wonderful. Gives the real sense of the modern era of weaponry that WWI saw inflicted on the troops, civilians etc. It was a beautiful day and we took the ride to the top of the memorial for spectacular view of the entire KC area. Saturday tix were good for Sunday too. Docets well informed and helpful. A 'can't miss' on a visit to KC

Thank Frenchmanscove
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We went to visit the museum on account of my 87 year old father who is very keen on war history. He tires now from all the standing and walking around bu t not in this place! He stood for minutes in front of select displays and poured over them. We all enjoyed the screenings of how the war began and how america decided to get involved in it. The organization of the museum is clever....I really appreciated the monthly detailing of the significant events from when the war started in 1914 to its end in 1919. It also includes personal accounts from those involved in the war and makes you feel like you were right alongside them. This is a really neat place to visit. I didn't think I would enjoy it but I did...dad, too!

Thank Wandering M
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