Did you know that Ernest Hemingway lived in Kansas City before he went overseas for World War I? Join Steve Paul, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and author of Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year that Launched an American Legend, and James McGrath Morris, author of The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War for a discussion of the young authors. Cash Bar Happy Hour presented in partnership with The Modernists begins at 5:30 p.m., Talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Book purchase and signing to follow. SOLD OUT | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Posters as Munitions showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication. Exhibition currently open in Memory Hall.
Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic
Focusing on the final two years of the Great War with the emphasis on American involvement, Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic features works by French, British, German and American artists who attempted to capture the harsh realities of the incredibly brutal war. The exhibition was organized by Brown University Library and The President Woodrow Wilson House. Open Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018 in the Ellis Gallery.
The Centennial exhibition showcases the incredible events that occurred worldwide from America’s official entry into the war and Russia’s upheavals from an Imperial state to Bolshevik rule. The stalemated battles on the Western Front and in other theaters and troubles on the home fronts also led to societal changes, mutinies and revolts. Exhibition open April 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.
History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. FREE to the public | Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
Complimentary Museum Tour
Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission | Museum Main Gallery
Tuesday, Jan. 9 and 23, 6:30 p.m.
Sip and Stretch: Pilates at the Museum
Did you know the founder of Pilates used his internment during WWI to practice and refine his now-popular exercise method? Join us as instructor Lauren Thompson of Thrive Pilates & Movement Studio leads a non-impact Pilates program that will help you develop your core and flexibility for any level of fitness. Bring your own mat and get ready to sweat! Doors open at 6 p.m. with light beverages. Admission $5 per session | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
How did photographers help the public imagine the war? Join Museum Registrar Stacie Petersen as she discusses how photography was used and understood during World War I. Museum members will have the opportunity to take an inside look at photo albums and glass slides from the Museum’s collection. FREE with RSVP (Members only)| R.A. Long Education Center
The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on the burden on soldiers during the war. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Join us as we celebrate being named Huffington Post’s most “grammable” spot in Kansas City at our first ever #Instameet! Explore the Museum’s unique blend of architectural styles and lesser-known interior and exterior spaces, as you enjoy after-hours access to the Museum to gram one of KC’s most treasured gems! FREE with RSVP | Museum Main Entrance
Did you know that Jan. 18 is National Winnie-the-Pooh Day? Or that Winnie-the-Pooh was a real-life bear that cheered a regiment during the Great War? Come celebrate this bear who was much more than a “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” with a movie screening of the film A Bear Named Winnie, cake, and a family-friendly craft. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium and Lobby
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA for 31 consecutive hours from Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time during regular Museum hours with all guests receiving a special amateur radio operator certificate. FREE to the public | Postcard Gallery
LEGO Master Builder Joe Nunnink takes flight at the Museum with a series of interactive demonstrations on building WWI-era airplanes. Learn from the best and then create your own planes! Demonstrations begin at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Tuesday, Jan. 30 – Friday, Feb. 2
Homeschool Week in the Crown Center District
In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center District, the Museum will host special activities during Homeschool Week! Guests will enjoy a complimentary guided tour, a discounted rate of $5 per ticket and a free Museum and Memorial Family Guide. Tour spaces are limited and RSVP's are required.