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National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial


Mission Statement

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial inspires thought, dialogue, and learning to make the experiences of the World War I era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. The Museum fulfills its mission by:

• Maintaining the Liberty Memorial as a beacon of freedom and a symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor of all who served in World War I

• Interpreting the history of World War I to encourage public involvement and informed decision-making

• Providing exhibitions and educational programs that engage diverse audiences

• Collecting and preserving historical materials with the highest professional standards

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Upcoming Events

February 2017

Posters as Munitions, 1917

February 21, 2017 - February 21, 2019

Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising, was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly, and lastingly. Historian Pearl James wrote “when World War I began in 1914, the poster was a mature advertising tool and artistic medium.” Lithography, paper rolled over a treated and…

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April 2018

Crucible Life and Death 1918

April 3, 2018 - March 10, 2019

1918 was a tough year. This exhibition is not an illustration or timeline of how or why the 1918 battles were fought. It focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in the crucible of 1918. For the Doughboys on the Western Front, 1918 was their year. It was the crucible where the American land forces forged their fighting force. They fought alongside their main allies: the British Empire, French, Italians, Czechs and the White Russians from Cantigny to Belleau…

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May 2018


May 22, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Creating art when surrounded by war seems contradictory. However, as the work attests, inspiration can take many forms, providing a glimpse into a world that otherwise would be unfamiliar. Although markedly different in their styles and subject choices, the featured artists—Jean Lefort, Curtiney George Foote, Charles Thatcher Shellabarger, Myron Chapin, and Clifford Warner demonstrate several ways one can capture wartime experiences. “For the victoire has déjà arrived! The armistice was signed at 5 this morning and the firing was to…

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September 2018


September 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Save the date for the fourth annual Night at the Tower event, benefiting the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Night at the Tower is a fun and interactive evening celebrating community while raising funds to allow for the preservation of this national treasure, located right here in Kansas City. A departure from the traditional gala, Night at the Tower invites guests to mingle, bid on auction items and celebrate a night like no other. Tickets for Night at the Tower will…

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