Recent News from the National WWI Museum and Memorial

1/12/19 — Closed Saturday, Jan. 12, due to weather

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be closed Saturday, Jan. 12, due to the winter weather conditions throughout the area. Please check our website or social media channels for further updates on the Museum and Memorial's status.

1/2/19 — ‘Even the ruin was ruined’: New ‘Devastated Lands’ exhibit captures WWI destruction

This article by Matt Campbell of The Kansas City Star highlights the Museum and Memorial's new exhibition, Devastated Lands. Read online ›

12/20/18 — Holiday closings at the Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be closed Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 31- Jan. 1 for New Year's. Visit our Hours & Admission page to see our upcoming schedule. Please note that the Museum and Memorial is a non-profit organization that receives no federal funding and is not affected by the government shutdown. We’ll be open every day during the next two weeks with the exception of the holidays listed above.

12/7/18 — Local Traffic Advisory for Friday, Dec. 7

On Friday, Dec. 7, traffic will be affected due to a planned Presidential event in Kansas City. Visitors should access to the Museum and Memorial grounds from the south using Wyandotte Street. There will be a short period of time where Wyandotte Street is closed - we appreciate your patience and understanding.

11/19/18 — The Museum and Memorial will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. Normal hours will resume on Friday, Nov. 23 (Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

11/12/18 — Research Center hours for Sunday, Nov. 18

The Edward Jones Research Center will close early (at 1 p.m.) on Sunday, Nov. 18. Learn more ›

11/11/18 — The Centennial of the Armistice of World War I

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 marked one hundred years since the signing of the Armistice that brought fighting to an end on the Western Front. Watch video of the Armistice Ceremony and the Bells of Peace ceremony, hosted here at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Learn more about this historic event and its commemoration with the following articles:
The Kansas City Star — “‘The world came to its senses’: KC marks WWI armistice centennial, Veterans Day”
Fox4 KC — “Poppy illumination at Liberty Memorial gives visitors a unique reflection on WWI”
KCUR — “Hundreds Turn Out In Kansas City For 100th Anniversary of World War I Armistice”
Fox News — “World War I: 100 years on, the US remembers the end of the ‘Great War’”
The New York Times — “Keeping WWI Alive for New Generations”
NPR — “100 Years On, The 'Hello Girls' Are Recognized For World War I Heroics”
CNN — “In photos: World War I, Then and Now”
Forbes — “Art World Remembers World War I On 100th Anniversary Of Armistice”
Los Angeles Times — “From the Archives: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I”

10/17/18 — Driving Advisory for Saturday, Oct. 20

Due to the Kansas City Marathon, guests visiting in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 21 should access the Museum and Memorial from the West due to street closures in the area, including Main Street. Learn more ›

Museum and Memorial closing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be closing early on Saturday, Sept. 15 for Night at the Tower. The Museum and Memorial will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. that day, with normal hours to resume on Sunday.

9/11/18 — Diggers and Doughboys: The Art of Allies 100 Years On Now Open

Diggers and Doughboys Special Exhibition Opens Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Museum and Memorial. Learn more ›

9/7/18 — National WWI Museum and Memorial Named One of Top 25 Museums in the United States

The National WWI Museum and Memorial was again named one of Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. Learn more ›

9/1/18 — Museum and Memorial closing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be closing early on Saturday, Sept. 15 for Night at the Tower. The Museum and Memorial will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. that day, with normal hours to resume on Sunday. Tickets are still available for Night at the Tower. Learn more ›

8/20/18 — The Hundred Days Offensive, article available online

The Hundred Days Offensive was a series of attacks by the Allied troops at the end of World War I. Starting on August 8, 1918, and ending with the Armistice on November 11, the Offensive led to the defeat of the German Army. Learn more in our article ›

8/7/18 — Amiens 100: Student Battlefield Tour journal available online

This August, students from Australia, Canada, France, the UK and the United States came together to tour the former WWI battlefields as part of the commemoration of the centennial of the war in Amiens, France. The students from the U.S., supported by the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the United States World War I Centennial Commission, have been sharing their experiences. Follow along with their Tour Journal ›

8/6/18 — Restored 1918 Harley-Davidson to Visit Kansas City & National WWI Museum and Memorial as Part of 5,600 Mile Trek Across United States

A team of motorcycle enthusiasts from France on a 5,600-mile odyssey across the United States in a restored 1918 Harley-Davidson Model J will pass through Kansas City and stop at the National WWI Museum and Memorial at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Approximately 400 Harley-Davidson Model J’s were deployed in Northern France during World War I. Found in a barn in France, Chistophe de Goulaine purchased this particular motorcycle in 2008 before embarking on a painstaking restoration process. He and mechanic Pierre Lauvergeat created Operation Twin Links to honor the role of the U.S. in assisting France during World War I. Learn more and follow their progress on Facebook.

7/13/18 — "WWI Commission Announces New Partnership with National History Day, Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the National WWI Museum & Memorial"

This new collaborative education program will assist instruction for both teachers and school students about WWI, through a series of over 100 teaching events nationwide, including workshops, webinars, and other activities. Read the full announcement ›

6/30/18 — "These Pictures Show The Brave Men And Women Who Fought WWI"

By Gabriel H. Sanchez of BuzzFeed News, this photo essay shares the experiences of everyday people during the war. The photographs, from the Museum and Memorial's collection, show a rarely-seen glimpse of everyday life during the war. View on BuzzFeed News ›

6/17/18 — Taps at the Tower: Sunday, June 17 through Saturday, June 23 at Sunset

Join us June 17 - 23 for Taps at the Tower. Bring your picnics and enjoy the grounds until sunset each evening, when people will gather at the Liberty Memorial Tower to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. Learn more on our website or read The Kansas City Star's coverage on the event.

5/24/18 — Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum and Memorial

Admission to the Museum is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while admission for the general public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 25-28). The Museum offers several events during the course of the weekend for people of all ages and interests, including a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. Learn more ›

5/22/18 — New exhibition, War Around Us: Soldier Artist Impressions, now open

Creating art when surrounded by war seems contradictory. Artists Jean Lefort, Curtiney George Foote, Charles Thatcher Shellabarger, Myron Chapin and Jean Berne-Bellecour demonstrate several ways one can capture wartime experiences using the fields, villages, and people who witnessed the devastation of WWI. Exhibition open May 22, 2018 – January 13, 2019 in the Ellis Gallery. Learn more ›

4/4/18 — “Women code operators were crucial in World War I, as new exhibit shows”

This article by Matt Campbell of The Kansas City Star highlights the service of women telephone operators of WWI and looks the Museum and Memorial's new exhibition, Crucible Life and Death 1918. Read the article ›

4/3/18 — New exhibition, Crucible Life and Death 1918, now open

For the Doughboys on the Western Front, 1918 was their year. It was the crucible where the American land forces forged their fighting force. They fought alongside their main allies from Cantigny to Belleau Wood to the Champagne Region, the Piave River to the Marne to St. Mihiel to the Meuse Argonne to Vladivostok. This exhibition is not an illustration or timeline of how the 1918 battles were fought, rather it focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in 1918. Exhibition open April 3, 2018 – March 10, 2019 in Exhibit Hall. Learn more ›

3/19/18 — Collections Spotlight: Secret - List of Code Words

A recently processed collection of documents at the Museum and Memorial contains a list of over 130 secret code words used by the American Expeditionary Forces, in this case a simple substitution cipher where unrelated words took the place of key military terminology. Learn more ›

2/22/18 — “A Massive Memorial Of Chemical Warfare”

KCUR's Up to Date explored what makes John Singer Sergeant's painting Gassed such a lasting and vivid reminder of the brutality of chemical warfare with Museum and Memorial Senior Curator Doran Cart, and Robert Cozzolino, Patrick and Aimee Butler curator of paintings, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Listen to the program here ›

2/16/18 — Museum and Memorial President and CEO presented with the 2018 Modern Patriot Award

On Feb. 16, the Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution held a moving Wreath Laying Service on the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Following the service, the organization presented Dr. Matthew Naylor with the 2018 Modern Patriot Award as part of the annual George Washington Luncheon at the Museum and Memorial. Missouri Society President Richard W. Strelinger presented Naylor with the award, which is given to a non-member of the organization who has helped further advance the aims of the Society.

2/14/18 — “WWI Museum Exhibit Honors African-American Soldiers”

This article by Abbey Tiderman of Channel One News—the daily news program for schools known for launching the careers of journalists such as Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling—looks at the Museum and Memorial's digital exhibition, Make Way For Democracy. The exhibition, available on Google Arts & Culture, details the contributions and experiences of African Americans in the First World War. Read the article ›

1/31/18 — “Huge painting ‘Gassed’ is installed at KC’s National World War I Museum and Memorial”

Matt Campbell of The Kansas City Star provides this write up on the installation of John Singer Sargent's painting Gassed in the Museum and Memorial's new Wylie Gallery. The exhibition will open to the public on Feb 23. Read the article ›

1/12/18 — “Extraordinary” and “Colossal” Painting to be Centerpiece of Debut Exhibition in National WWI Museum and Memorial’s New Wylie Gallery

One of the world’s largest war-related paintings will be exhibited in the Midwest for the first time as part of the inaugural Wylie Gallery exhibition John Singer Sargent Gassed, which opens Feb. 23. Learn more ›

1/8/18 — Liberty Memorial Tower Updates

We’re pleased to share that the Liberty Memorial Tower will be undergoing extension modernization improvements during the next several weeks. Made possible by The Sunderland Foundation, these enhancements include modernizing the Tower elevator, adding a communication system, completely repainting the interior of the Tower, installation of fiber optic cables, the addition of high definition cameras to allow guests to see the fantastic aerial views from the top of the Tower remotely and much more. During these improvements, the Tower will not be available. Thanks for your patience as we improve America’s official WWI memorial!

Additional News:

12/24/17 — The Christmas Truce miracle: Soldiers put down their guns to sing carols and drink wine, from The Washington Post

12/13/17 — Christmas at the Front, Article for the American Legion

12/11/17 — Oral Histories Now Online

10/26/17 — New Exhibition, Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic, Opens Nov. 9

10/19/17 — "The World Forgot About a 402-Foot-Long Painting. Here's What Happened When It Was Found."

10/5/17 — New Donor Spotlight: Karen Herman

8/22/17 — Send a Deserving Teacher on an Adventure: Nominations open Aug. 22 - Sept. 8

8/21/17 — Total Solar Eclipse Video at the Memorial

8/18/17 — Tower Closed during solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21

8/16/17 — Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 - Exhibition Extended

7/10/17 — National WWI Museum and Memorial Announces $300,000 Gift from William T. Kemper Foundation

6/7/17 — National WWI Museum and Memorial Announces Gift from Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

6/1/17 — Donor Spotlight: Jack and Trudy Gabriel

5/29/17 — Memorial Day lessons: A ‘nation of immigrants’ became a world power in World War I

5/17/17 — In the Spotlight: The Loos Football

5/3/17 — Wylie Gallery Beam Signing

4/10/17 — Wilson's War Proclamation, On View in the Exhibition Revolutions! 1917

4/7/17 — The World May Little Note, but Kansas City Still Remembers

4/7/17 — New exhibition, Revolutions! 1917, now open

4/6/17 — Watch In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace, the Centennial Commemoration Ceremony and the Colloquium on YouTube

4/1/17 — C-SPAN's American History TV broadcast from at the Museum

3/31/17 — New outdoor exhibition, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918, now open

3/21/17 — New exhibition, Vive l’Amérique, now open

2/21/17 — New exhibition, Posters as Munitions, 1917, now open

2/15/17 — The Museum Refreshes Field of 9,000 Poppies

2/8/17 — National World War I Museum and Memorial to Host Official United States World War I Centennial Commemoration Event

2/1/17 — National World War I Museum and Memorial reveals new logo

1/17/17 — Which Poster Would You Choose? Public Invited to Vote for WWI Poster to be Featured Alongside Upcoming Exhibition

1/9/17 — Donor Spotlight: William Chrisman and Truman High School Classes of 1965

1/4/17 — National World War I Museum and Memorial Breaks Annual Attendance Record For Third Consecutive Year

12/27/16 — Local soccer community commemorates WWI Christmas Truce

12/24/16 — World War I museum to gain new exhibit space, part of $6.4 million upgrade

12/20/16 — New article online: Christmas During World War I

12/08/16 — Last Surviving ‘Doolittle Raider’ Recalls Crucial World War II Mission

2/08/16 — World War I and Its Aftermath - Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, July 16–22, 2017

11/28/16 — CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT MUSEUMS,Anniversary Week: Dec. 6-11, 2016

11/08/16 — Donor Spotlight: Kemper Family

10/25/16 — New Exhibition Open: Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I

10/08/16 — New article online: Letters of Lieut. Raymond B. Penniman

9/19/16 — National World War I Museum and Memorial to be Featured on Jeopardy!

9/15/16 — National World War I Museum and Memorial Named One of Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor

9/10/16 — Follow our 2016 Battlefield Tour Online

7/5/16 — OPERATION: WAR FARE - Thursday, Aug. 4, Tickets Now Available

6/15/16 — TAPS AT THE TOWER - June 19-25, 2016 at Sunset

6/15/16 — The Modernists Present Their FIRST FLIGHT LAUNCH PARTY, June 24

4/29/16 — They Shall Not Pass | 1916 New Exhibition Opens May 6

3/28/16 — The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 Opens April 5

3/15/16 — Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916 Opens March 29

2/3/16 — Recent Acquisition: Ottoman Empire Souvenir Snake

2/1/16 — Make Way for Democracy! Online Exhibition Debuts

1/28/16 — 2016 Battlefield Tour Announced

12/29/15 - Kansas City Mourns Loss of Civic Leader Landon Rowland

12/3/15 - Rearranging History Exhibition Opens Dec. 15

11/24/15 - Museum Breaks Attendance Record

11/16/15 - Recent Acquisition: Bulgarian Prisoner of War Camp Scrapbook 

11/1/15 - Special Admission & Special Baseball Exhibition to Commemorate Royals Championship 

10/28/15 - Nurses in the First World War Exhibition Opens Nov. 3

10/21/15 - Veterans Day Activities Announced

10/8/15 - The Execution of Edith Cavell

10/5/15 - Sojourn in Salonica

9/23/15 - Operation: Hard Core Tickets Available

9/14/15 - Recent Acquisition: A Vestal Virgin's Costume

8/28/15 - Call for Papers

8/25/15 - Limited Tickets Available for Night at the Tower

8/12/15 - Recent Acquisition: Carruthers Field Air Service Memento

8/4/15 - 2015 Symposium Registration Opens

7/17/15 - Operation: Ink Tickets Available

7/13/15 - A Centenary of Australian War Art Opens July 17

6/15/15 - The Telling Project Coming to KC

5/23/15 - Italy Enters WWI

5/4/15 - Armenian and Syrian Relief Fund

4/27/15 - Museum Announces Memorial Day Weekend Activities

3/30/15 - Museum Announces 2015 Battlefield Tour

3/25/15 - Collection Spotlight: First Use of Poison Gas

3/5/15 - Recent Donation: Australian Infantry Uniform

1/23/15 - Operation Indulgence - Whisky & Chocolate

12/30/14 - Museum Breaks Annua Attendance Record in 2014

12/20/14 - President Obama Signs Legislation Recognizing National World War I Museum

12/17/14 - Recent Donation: Under Two Flags at War

12/12/14 - Museum Receives Designation from Congress

12/8/14 - Preview Screening of Unbroken

12/2/14 - Christmas Truce Online Exhibition Debuts

11/20/14 - Stamp Your Passport!

11/17/14 - War & Art Exhibition Opens

11/3/14 - Veterans Day Activities at Museum

10/22/14 - Preserve the Legacy of WWI Veterans

10/10/14 - Truce Tournament Registration Opens

10/9/14 - KC Arts: Remembering the Great War

9/22/14 - Recent Donation: Cigarette Cards

9/18/14 - National World War I Museum Named One of Top 25 Museums in the United States by Trip Advisor

9/3/14 - Museum Announces Partnership with TIVOL and Bell & Ross to Showcase WWI-Inspired Timepieces 

8/6/14 - Collaboration with Fold3 to Preserve and Share Legacies of WWI Veterans Announced

7/29/14 - Museum and Kansas City Public Library Announce Great War | Great Read Initiative 

7/28/14 - Museum Announces New Board Appointments 

7/12/14 - Museum Partners with Google Cultural Institute 

7/1/14 - Registration Opens for 2014 Symposium

6/19/14 - Eyewitness to History 

6/15/14 - Franz Ferdinand Assassination Commemoration

6/5/14 - Taps at the Tower, June 22-28

6/4/14 - Recent Donation: German Soldier Medals

5/13/14 - National World War I Museum Day at the K

5/2/14 - Memorial Month Events at the National World War I Museum 

5/1/14 - Online Exhibition War Fare Debuts 

4/27/14 - Recent Donation: Blue Star Mothers Painting

4/22/14 - Over By Christmas Exhibition Opens 

4/1/14 - War Fare: Chow Challenge

3/25/14 - Recent Donation: From the Philippines to Siberia

3/7/2014 - On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World Exhibition Opens March 15

3/1/2014 - War Horse Tickets

2/25/2014 - Recent Donation: Panthéon de la Guerre Fragments Reunited

2/1/2014 - Journey's End at the National World War I Museum

1/30/2014 - Sharing Stories of Love

1/11/2014 - Recent Donation: French Bomber Tail Assembly Fin

1/10/2014 - IWM General-Director Addresses Area Leaders