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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

November 2017

Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic

November 9, 2017 - May 13, 2018

The centenary of World War I provides an opportunity to revisit the tragedy of 1914-1919 and reflect on the human suffering in the second decade of the 20th century. The war left more than 9 million soldiers dead in its wake and millions more missing and wounded, including civilian casualties. The peace that President Woodrow Wilson authored brought with it the hope that those individuals who perished on the battlefields and oceans had not died in vain, but had truly…

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February 2018

Insight: Modern Impressions of Hemingway’s WWI

February 1, 2018 - May 19, 2018

Ernest Hemingway was a reporter for The Kansas City Star in 1918. Eager to be directly involved in the war effort, he volunteered for the American Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, providing assistance to Italian soldiers. In July, an artillery attack left him seriously injured and he spent the rest of the war’s duration recovering at the American Red Cross hospital in Milan. These wartime experiences shaped Hemingway as both an adventurer and writer, especially influencing his classic 1929…

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John Singer Sargent – Gassed

February 23, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Reaching a British dressing station southwest of the French city of Arras in the summer of 1918, famed American artist John Singer Sargent found his subject for an overdue painting. Sargent had been commissioned by the British Government to “contribute the central painting for a Hall of Remembrance for the World War.” He had procrastinated until he saw the dressing station. The dressing station at the small village of Bailleulval was treating a number of British soldiers who had been…

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June 2018
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June 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Heartland Men’s Chorus joins forces with the National World War I Memorial and Museum to celebrate the principle that ALL are created equal. One hundred years after the U.S. entered WWI, resistance to injustice continues to be our nation’s greatest strength. The premiere of the beautiful oratorio We, The Unknown, commissioned by Heartland Men’s Chorus and composed by Timothy Takach, tells the story of an unknown soldier. Indeed, who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National…

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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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