A World-Class Collection in the Heart of America

In 1920, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, then known as the Liberty Memorial Museum, began collecting objects and documents from all nations involved in the First World War. Over 100 years later, the Museum and Memorial, along with the Edward Jones Research Center, is home to one of the largest Great War collections in the world – more than 350,000 items.

While it is the official World War I museum of the United States, the Museum and Memorial uses its collection to tell more than just the American story. All belligerent nations involved are represented, not only with stories from the battlefield but from the home front as well.


Collections Spotlight

Want to learn more? Delve into the archives of the National WWI Museum and Memorial with our Collections Spotlights. These articles focus on specific objects from the collection to help tell the story of the war that changed everything.

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What to Research

Research Center

Conduct your research on-site in our Edward Jones Research Center, with access to 10,000 library titles and 330,000 archival documents.

Military Records

Explore our list of World War I service records and other military service documents, accessible online for all researchers.

Student Research

Our research guide for teachers and students of all ages, with helpful tips and resources to get your research journey started.

Support the Museum and Memorial

Become a Member

Join a community dedicated to honoring the history of World War I and preserving one of Kansas City’s greatest landmarks.

Ways to Give

Estate gifts, Walk of Honor bricks or even small donations, your support is absolutely vital to advancing our mission.


You make the difference. The Museum and Memorial relies on the dedication and commitment of our volunteers.