Join us at the Museum for our latest offering in the Operation series, Operation: Vin! Explore wines of the Western Front that became popular with Allied soldiers during World War I. This event features returning-favorite Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost, who discusses the enduring impact of wines that originated from the Western Front. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a food/cocktail hour followed by the program at 7 p.m.
More than 9 million combatants from the belligerent nations died in World War I, the largest number of any conflict in world history to that time. The World Remembers is an international education project whose purpose is to remember and honor these combatants during each year of the war by displaying their names in more than 60 locations throughout Europe and North America for a period of six weeks ending with the Western Front Armistice Day of Nov. 11. For 1916, 597,889 names of soldiers from 12 nations are represented. Accompanying the names are images of soldiers and civilians caught up in a global conflict. The Museum is serving as the only location in the United States. This moving display is located adjacent to the entrance of the Edward Jones Research Center. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is a sponsoring partner of The World Remembers.
Open May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017
They Shall Not Pass | 1916
Mud and mayhem, death and destruction, staggering unnecessary losses. All aptly describe the two pivotal battles of 1916, the Somme and Verdun. The attack by British and French forces was meant to break the Western Front stalemate. It did not. They Shall Not Pass | 1916, on display May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017 in Exhibit Hall, sheds light on the personal side of the conflict.
The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919
American volunteer organizations contributed immensely to the well-being and welfare of the American men and women serving the American military in WWI, but also to peoples in the war-torn countries around the globe. This special exhibition produced in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs shares their inspirational stories.
Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916
World War I brought radical changes in society, art and culture. These shifts were reflected in the art of the time, with works produced ranging from those reminiscent of the 19th century pictorial style to art that reflected the modern and abstract revolution. Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916 focuses on the art and events of the first two years of the Great War featuring artists from eight different countries. Included with Museum admission and free for members.
Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I
When the German army advanced into the western territory of the Russian Empire (Poland, Lithuania, Belarus) in the spring and summer of 1915, the German soldier encountered a physical and cultural environment quite different from what he previously experienced. Wacht im Osten “Watch in the East” explores this encounter between the German soldier and the land and people he found himself trying to understand.
History is brought to life in this family-friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. Complimentary with paid admission | Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge
Thursdays at 2 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
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle
Come do your bit - knit! Just as in WWI, knitting is a way to share comfort and bring a community of friends together to talk, laugh and create. This month we are joined by Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us for a quick history lesson and free WWI era specific pattern. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! Free to the public with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
Saturday, Oct. 1, Noon – 5 p.m.
KC Games for Good
Enjoy a free family festival featuring the Kansas City Kite Club, a Kids Scavenger Hunt, appearances by Sluggerrr and KC Wolf, face painting and more. Exhibits by a number of civic and community service organization include special demonstrations by the Kansas City Fire Department and Police Department. Sponsored by St. Luke’s Health System and the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club. Visit kcgamesforgood.org for more information | Southeast Lawn
Getting ready to run the WWI Double 8K on the grounds of the Museum on Oct. 9? Join us for training runs starting at the Southeast Lawn. August runs (8/3, 8/17, 8/31) are led by Fleet Feet with Gary Gribbles Running Sports leading September runs (9/7, 9/21, 10/5). FREE to the public | Southeast Lawn
Tuesday - Friday, Oct. 4 - 7
In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center District, the Museum is offering discounted ticket rates and special tours during Homeschool Week! Tour space is limited and an RSVP is required.
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, October 8 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, October 9 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.
Do you ever wonder why the National World War I Museum and Memorial is in Kansas City? Then join us for a brief outdoor walking tour, where we will discuss the history of the museum and memorial, including its unique architectural design. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a lively conversation and ask questions about the lasting impacts of World War I with a Museum educator. FREE with RSVP | Museum Main Entrance
With proceeds benefiting the Museum, the Double Road Race 8K features a 5K followed by a recovery period and then a 3K to complete the unique race experience on our picturesque grounds. A Kids Cup race is available with dog tags as completion medals. The race is limited to the first 500 participants, so sign up today at enter2run.com | Museum Grounds
Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War - The Western Front 1916
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 experiences of soldiers serving on the Western front in 1916. Free to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
From the earthly bowels of Edvard Grieg’s "In the Hall of the Mountain King" to the erupting peaks of Frank Ticheli’s "Vesuvius," the Mid America Freedom Band explores the power inherent to the classical elements through a diverse collection of pieces. Tickets are $10 in advance at freedomband.com or $12 at the door | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Modernist Monday: Happy Hour & Union Cemetery Tour
Join The Modernists, in partnership with the Union Cemetery Historical Society, on a historic walking tour through Kansas City's oldest cemetery. After the tour enjoy seasonal treats inside the historic cottage and help celebrate Union Cemetery's inclusion on the national registry of historic places worthy of preservation by the National Park Service. Tickets are SOLD OUT | Union Cemetery, 227 E. 28 Terr.
Join Museum educators for this family-friendly event, where we will craft and read Grahame Baker-Smith’s captivating and beautiful illustrated WWI-era story about a son and his father’s dreams of flying. Participants can create a simple wood model biplane afterward. RSVP requested, $4 for craft | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
In the Know: Razor-Thin Victory: 1916 Presidential Campaign
Join Dennis Cross for this timely In the Know as we look at the tight race between Woodrow Wilson and Charles Evans Hughes in the presidential election of 1916. When he was first elected in 1912, Wilson commented to a friend “it would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs.” Four years later fate had intervened, and he was running for re-election on the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War.” FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center