Enjoy free admission for active duty military/veterans and half-price admission for the general public all weekend! Veterans Day Weekend is supported by the Deluxe Corporation Foundation and the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
Thursday, Nov. 23, ALL DAY
Museum Closed for Thanksgiving
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 3-4
1917: America Joins the Fight - 2017 Symposium
Emerging from its traditional isolation, the United States took its place at the forefront of world affairs in 1917. Mobilizing farms, industries, and individuals, America made fevered changes economically, socially and politically. On the other side of the globe, a radically different form was defined by the Russian people. $245 per person.
Enjoy free admission for active duty military/veterans and half-price admission for the general public all weekend! Honor veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11 as the Museum hosts a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. featuring dignitaries, inspiring musical performances and a keynote address from Major General Maria R. Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center. Additionally, nearly 100 new bricks will be dedicated as part of the free Walk of Honor Ceremony at 2 p.m.
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Posters as Munitions, 1917 showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication. Exhibition currently open in Memory Hall.
Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic
Focusing on the final two years of the Great War with the emphasis on American involvement, Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic features works by French, British, German and American artists who attempted to capture the harsh realities of the incredibly brutal war. The exhibition was organized by Brown University Library and The President Woodrow Wilson House. Open Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018 in the Ellis Gallery.
The Centennial exhibition showcases the incredible events that occurred worldwide from America’s official entry into the war and Russia’s upheavals from an Imperial state to Bolshevik rule. The stalemated battles on the Western Front and in other theaters and troubles on the home fronts also led to societal changes, mutinies and revolts. Exhibition open April 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.
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 1917, more than 700,000 names of soldiers from 14 nations will appear. Accompanying the names are images of soldiers and civilians caught up in a global conflict. The Museum is serving as the only U.S. location for this moving display, on view 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.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
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
Thursday, November 2, 6 p.m.
The Long Road to Peace: Enter the Peace Broker
Join renowned World War I historians Sir Hew Strachan, Professor Jay Sexton and Professor Jennifer Keene for a podcast to kickoff the Museum’s centennial symposium 1917: America Joins the Fight. Presenters will discuss President Woodrow Wilson’s vision for peace, the U.S. military's preparedness in 1917 and domestic reactions to U.S. entry into the war. Presented in partnership with ChromeRadio. Cash bar/small plates available at 5:30 p.m. Free with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby Attendee Notice: Unfortunately, due to a medical issue, Sir Hew Strachan will be unable to participate in the program. Author/professors Jennifer Keene and Jay Sexton will proceed in conversation with Sir Strachan’s questions and share their insights.
Do you ever wonder how museum curators choose what objects and images to include in their exhibitions? Then join some of the most influential curators during the centennial of World War I. Robert Cozzolino, Brian Horrigan and Doran Cart will engage in a lively conversation where they will discuss the challenges of creating World War I exhibits and communicating the war’s complicated legacies. Panelists will also consider the role of the museum and communities in commemoration and memorialization and discuss the future of curation and World War I after 1919. $55 dinner and program | Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
On occasion of the Museum’s exhibition of The World Remembers, Robert Thomson will discuss his international education project whose purpose is to remember and honor those combatants who served during each year of the war by displaying their names in more than 60 locations throughout Europe and North America. A Q & A will follow the lecture. FREE to the public | Edward Jones Research Center
Monday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.
Modernist Meetup: Happy Hour & Elmwood Cemetery Tour
Join The Modernists for one of our favorite events: the annual Cemetery Tour! This year we explore the stunning Elmwood Cemetery, part of Kansas City’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. Seriously, this is one of our city's best kept secrets. Designed by George Kessler, creator of Kansas City’s famed parks and boulevards, this cemetery is the resting place of hundreds of WWI veterans and several of Kansas City’s founders. In addition to the historic walking tour, seasonal snacks and beverages will be provided. A flashlight or lantern and comfortable shoes are recommended. We'll probably be the ones in plaid. Space is limited. Admission $5 for members, $10 for non-members |SOLD OUT
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
1917 and the French Mutinies
One hundred years after French mutineers shouted, “down with the war!” the legacy of the 1917 mutinies remains. Join Dr. André Loez in an eye-opening lecture as he addresses how the mutinies inform and reframe our understanding of World War I. Don’t miss the opportunity to consider what makes an army put down its weapons, or continue to fight. This program is proudly presented in partnership with Park University, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with support from the French Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale. Reception begins at 5:30. Free with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
On the occasion of Poppy Remembrance month, join museum educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Hilary Ann Robinson uplifting story of friendship during WWI. FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center
The Veterans Voices Writing Project observes its 54th Annual Veterans Pen Celebration from 2-4 p.m. The event features dignitaries, including Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James, a marine veteran, a keynote address from Jon Kerstetter, author of Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story and Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering, and entertainment by members of Arts & AGEing KC. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Thursday, November 30, 5:30 p.m.
Modernist Happy Hour
Join The Modernists for drinks and general revelry on the final Thursday of each month at Tom’s Town at 1701 Main St. Open to members and non-members alike, we promise good company and conversation with even better whiskey. Learn more about upcoming events, membership and ways to support our local national treasure. FREE to the public (drinks not included) | Tom’s Town Distillery
Oh Say Can You See: American Art, Propaganda, and the First World War
American artists played an active and sometimes controversial role in helping their countrymen decide whether or not to intervene in the Great War. Join David M. Lubin, author of Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War, as he explores how patriotism and gender played integral roles in American visual culture as the war “over there” pulled America into its vortex. Cash bar/small plates available. Presented in partnership with the U.S. National Archives and the Kansas City Art Institute. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium