Getting Here

Northbound
Take I-35 North to the Broadway exit. Make a right turn on Broadway and continue to travel southbound towards Pershing Road. Make a left turn on Pershing Road. Make a right turn on Kessler Road, following it around to the entrance of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Southbound
Take I-35 South to the Broadway exit. Make a left turn on Broadway and continue to travel southbound towards Pershing Road. Make a left turn on Pershing Road. Make a right turn on Kessler Road, following it around to the entrance of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Eastbound
Take I-70 East to the Broadway exit. Make a right turn on Broadway and continue to travel southbound towards Pershing Road. Make a left turn on Pershing Road. Make a right turn on Kessler Road, following it around to the entrance of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Westbound
Take I-70 West to the Broadway exit. Make a left turn on Broadway and continue to travel southbound towards Pershing Road. Make a left turn on Pershing Road. Make a right turn on Kessler Road, following it around to the entrance of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Directions from Kansas City International Airport
Southwest on International Circle toward Amsterdam Circle. Continue straight onto LP Cookingham Drive (signs for Airport exit). Merge onto I-29 S/US-71 S via the ramp to Kansas City. Take exit 2B to merge onto US-169 S toward Kansas City Downtown. Turn right at W 5th St/US-169 S (signs for I-70 W/US-169/US 24 W/I-35 S). Merge onto I-35 S via the ramp on the left to Wichita. Take exit 1B on the left for 27th Street toward Broadway. Merge onto Penn Valley Drive. Turn left at W. 29th Street. Turn left at Wyandotte Street. Turn Right at Memorial Drive and left at the entrance of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Transportation is available through RideKC. Visit the RideKC website to plan your trip. Please note that the nearest stops to the Museum and Memorial (Union Station, Main St./27th St. and Main St./29th St.) are further than one quarter mile from the entrance. RideKC offers door-to-door paratransit service through its RideKC Freedom program as well as an app-based version called RideKC Freedom On-Demand.

Free parking (including accessible parking) is located on the south side of the Museum and Memorial in the U-shaped drive and in the West Visitors Lot.

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Aerial photograph of the Museum and Memorial grounds with markings for parking

Enter the following address for the most accurate GPS directions to the Museum and Memorial:

2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Visitor Information

The front entrance is located on the South side of the complex. Look for bronze doors at the bottom of the ramps by the fountain. The bronze doors are located directly under etched lettering with the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s name.

All visitors must wear shirts and shoes at all times when inside any buildings on the Museum and Memorial complex, including the Liberty Memorial Tower.

The public is invited to wear masks during their visit at the National WWI Museum and Memorial if they choose to do so.

Photography is generally allowed in all areas of the Museum and Memorial except for the films or where otherwise noted. Tripods, selfie sticks and standalone lighting are not allowed inside the Museum. Electronic devices are not permitted to record any of the films or audio in the Reflection Rooms. Drones are allowed on the exterior grounds of the Museum and Memorial, but drone operators must be licensed as required by the FAA and must inform the proper authorities as appropriate about operational plans. All commercial photography/filming must be approved in advance. For complete guidelines, visit our Policies and Permits page.

Yes, tickets for admission are available when the Tower is open. The Liberty Memorial Tower has a 217-foot-high, open-air observation deck. To reach the top of the Tower, guests ride an elevator and climb 45 steps. Like the Museum, tripods and standalone lighting equipment are not allowed. Backpacks and bags larger than a purse are not allowed in the Tower at any time. While there is no prohibition of these items, the Museum and Memorial recommends that they not be carried into the galleries and reserves the right to not allow a bag or backpack. All bags and backpacks may be checked at no charge at Guest Services near the main entrance. All parcels brought into the building are subject to search at any time.

Yes, there is an ATM located outside the entrance to the Museum Store. We also accept cash, travelers checks, organizational checks and MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Yes, you may purchase tickets here.

Non-profit groups seeking ticket donations for auctions, drawings, etc., should submit their requests in writing to the Museum Store at store@theworldwar.org.

Our facilities are perfect for your rental, from intimate groups of 30 to large gatherings of thousands. To learn more and to book your event, visit our Venue Rentals page.

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Yes, strollers are permitted everywhere except for the Liberty Memorial Tower.

The Museum and Memorial welcomes service dogs and miniature horses in their roles as service animals. All other pets are prohibited from being inside any buildings on the Museum and Memorial complex, including the Liberty Memorial Tower. Pets are allowed on the exterior grounds, but should be under the control of their owner, who has full responsibility for the actions of the animal. Pets should not be left inside vehicles on the property. If a pet is left in a vehicle, Museum and Memorial Security will attempt to find the owner of the vehicle. If the determination is made that the pet may be in danger, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and Fire Department will be notified and summoned to the property.

For the safety of both guests and our collection items, we do not allow Segways, hoverboards, scooters and similar devices in the Museum.

The Over There Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day the Museum and Memorial is open.

No, admission is not required to visit the Edward Jones Research Center, shop at the Store or eat at the Café. Operational hours for each can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

The Museum and Memorial prohibits firearms and edged weapons on its property at all times, including conceal/carry. For questions about the policy, please contact Museum and Memorial Security at 816.888.8128.

Yes, the Museum and Memorial provides complimentary Wi-Fi service.

Accessibility

Reserved, van-accessible parking spaces are available at the North end of the U-Shaped Drive, as well as in the West Visitor's Lot, which is accessible from Kessler Road or Memorial Drive. Parking is free at the Museum and Memorial.

Yes, the Museum and Memorial welcomes service dogs and miniature horses in their roles as service animals. All other animals and pets are prohibited from being inside any buildings on the Museum and Memorial complex, including the Liberty Memorial Tower.

There are elements of the Main Gallery and some special exhibitions that include sensory experiences, such as flashing lights and sounds of warfare, that may be too intense for sensitive individuals.

Acoustiguide Audio Guide players are free for visitors who are blind or visually impaired.

Visitors can also access a “Touch” Gas Mask Bag that contains real WWI artifacts from the Museum and Memorial's non-accessioned collections. The objects are meant to be touched, held and explored to gain a better, more personal understanding of the past. To incorporate this feature into your visit, simply ask a volunteer or staff member upon arrival. For additional information contact us at education@theworldwar.org. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this service is not currently available.

All videos throughout the Museum and Memorial are closed captioned. Assistive listening devices are also available for programs occurring in the Museum and Memorial's Auditorium. For additional information on accommodations for public programs, including requesting an ASL interpreter, contact us at education@theworldwar.org. Requests for interpreters must be made at least two weeks in advance.

The galleries of the National WWI Museum and Memorial are accessible to people with mobility limitations, such as wheelchair/powered cart users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. Unfortunately, the Liberty Memorial Tower, a historic landmark that opened in 1926, is not wheelchair accessible. To reach the top of the Tower, one must ride an elevator and then climb an additional 45 steps.

Guests may bring their own mobility assistance vehicles into the Museum. Guests using mobility assistance are responsible for any damages caused by the operation of the vehicles. The Museum and Memorial also has wheelchairs for use as needed that can be checked out at Guest Services.