Honor KC: Celebrating 10 Years of One of the World’s Great Museums

Dec. 6-11, 2016

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In December 2006, the newly built National World War I Museum opened to international acclaim. Ten years and more than 2 million visitors later, the Museum celebrates the 10-year anniversary. One of the world’s great museums, this Kansas City-area funded and national icon is saying “Thank you.”

Between Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 11 the Museum offers free admission to the general public and an array of activities. Anniversary Week is supported by:

Premier Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Henderson Engineers, Inc.        JE Dunn Construction        State Street Corporation


Anniversary Week Activities
Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 11

Daily: Free Admission to the Public



Daily: Complimentary “Top 10” Self-Guided Tour – the Museum curatorial team provides a self-guided tour of the top 10 acquisitions in the last 10 years to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Museum expansion.

2 p.m., Daily: Complimentary Public Tour – explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Tour space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3:30-4:30 p.m., Daily: Hands-on History – history is brought to life in this family-friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. (Additional Hands-on History programs are available 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.)

6:30 p.m., Tuesday: In War and Peace – Perspectives on Conflict Resolution – join us for a panel conversation featuring Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as she discusses her project, “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music” with panelists Alvin Brooks, Joanne Katz and Dr. Matthew Naylor. Presented in partnership with the Harriman-Jewell Series.

6:30 p.m., Wednesday: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: Conversation and Commemoration SOLD OUT – Doolittle Raider veteran, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.), and Dr. Dennis R. Okerstrom reflect on the impact of Pearl Harbor and the present day meaning of WWII. Presented in partnership with Park University, The National Archives at Kansas City, The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and The Truman Center at UMKC.

Lt. Col. Cole will also participate in an event at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is free and open to the public (no RSVP required). For questions, contact Park University’s Office of External Relations at 816.584.6209.


5-8 p.m., Friday/Saturday: Liberty Memorial Tower – the Museum offers the rare opportunity to ascend to the top of the Liberty Memorial Tower in the evening for breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of downtown Kansas City (weather permitting). Guests are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and to note that there are 45 steps to take in order to reach the top.

1 p.m., Saturday: Family Friendly: War Game – the Museum screens the award-winning animated short film about the unlikely Christmas Truce on the Western Front.

All Day, Sunday: Day in the Life – 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 how Christmas was celebrated by soldiers during the war.