Sunday, Jan. 1, ALL DAY
Museum Closed for New Year's Day
Dec. 6-11, 2016
Honor KC: Celebrating 10 Years of One of the World’s Great Museums
In December 2006, the newly built National World War I Museum opened to international acclaim. Ten years and more than 2 million visitors later, the Museum celebrates the 10-year anniversary. One of the world’s great museums, this Kansas City-area funded and national icon is saying “Thank you.” Between Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 11 the Museum offers free admission to the general public and an array of activities.
In War and Peace – Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
Join us for a panel conversation featuring star Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as she discusses her project, “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music” with panelists Alvin Brooks, Joanne Katz, and Dr. Matthew Naylor. This event is presented in anticipation of one of two Harriman Jewell Series appearances in accompaniment with Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Folly Theatre.
75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: Conversation and Commemoration
Before 9/11 there was 12/7. On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kansas City proudly welcomes Doolittle Raider veteran, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.), and Dr. Dennis R. Okerstrom, author of the acclaimed book Dick Cole’s War for an engaging event. Cole and Okerstrom will reflect on the impact of Pearl Harbor and the present day meaning of WWII. SOLD OUT
Lt. Col. Cole will also participate in an event at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is free and open to the public (no RSVP required). For questions, contact Park University’s Office of External Relations at 816.584.6209.
Sporting Kansas City, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and The Soccer Lot invite the Kansas City soccer community to take part in the fourth annual Truce Tournament commemorating the Christmas Truce in World War I. Not planning to play, but love soccer? Come join KC's largest Boxing Day English Premier League Watch Party inside the Museum.
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.
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, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.
Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle: Knit-In
Come do your bit—knit! This 2 hour gathering, with beverages and treats, is a time to share cheer and get together—whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge. Bring your own project or start a new one. BYONY (bring your own needles & yarn). Looking for a way to give this season? Find out about our veterans hospital knitting projects. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby for a light morning holiday party. Please RSVP by Nov. 30.
Did you know that on Christmas Day 1914, the sound of Christmas carols across No Man’s Land encouraged troops from both sides to halt fighting for one day? Join us for this award-winning short animated film portraying a realistic story of war and the unlikely Christmas Truce between both forces on the Western Front. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
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 how Christmas was celebrated by soldiers during the war. Free to the public.
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Dr. Richard S. Faulkner delivers a commemorative lecture on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Verdun’s end. Faulkner addresses multiple facets of the battle, including the unforeseen complications of one of the world’s most brutal and tragic conflicts in modern history. Faulkner is a Supervisory Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Wreaths Across America volunteers hold in a wreath laying ceremony in the Museum's Memorial Courtyard to remember the fallen and to honor those who serve. This event coincides with other commemoration ceremonies occurring nationally, including one at Arlington National Cemetery. FREE to the public | Liberty Memorial Courtyard
Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.
Joyeux Noël Screening
Join us for our holiday tradition – a special screening of the 2005 Oscar-nominated film Joyeux Noël! The French film recreates the events of the 1914 Christmas Truce, and focuses on a section of the Western Front where French, Scottish and German soldiers put down their arms to celebrate a moment of peace in a time of war. Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium