Linking the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial Tower, Taps at the Tower is presented each evening at sunset. People are invited to come and use the grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset (8:45 p.m.), people gather to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. FREE to the public | Museum Memorial Courtyard
We are expecting you. By order of The War Office, you are instructed to save the date for The Modernists annual summer soiree on a dazzling downtown Kansas City rooftop space for rousing music, fortifying cocktails, secret areas, dancing and dares, and a diplomatic dash of old espionage spirit. Tickets $60 members, $70 non-members | Location Top Secret
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 open Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018 in Memory Hall.
Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome Their American Ally
When the U.S. entered WWI in April 1917, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students to write essays and express in drawings how this would affect their lives. A century later, Le Vieux Montmartre Historical Society loans 30 of these drawings and two essays on this subject to be on exhibit the first time anywhere in the world. Exhibition open March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918
Michael St Maur Sheil’s portraits of WWI battlefields are featured in an outdoor photographic exhibition which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness: the fields of battle themselves. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance. Open March 31 – Aug. 20, 2017
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 – April 8, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.
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, June 3, 1 p.m.
Memorial Architectural Walking Tour
There is no better way to enjoy the weather than a brief outdoor walking tour. Learn about the many architectural and symbolic elements that make up the National World War I Museum and Memorial. FREE with RSVP (limited space available) | Meet at Guest Services inside the Museum
As we approach Independence Day and continue to commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Museum, in partnership with the 35th Infantry Division Band, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Kansas National Guard, numerous veteran organizations, and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, are proud to recognize the contributions of the men and women who served our country in defense of freedom. The day’s event will include: a concert with patriotic and Big Band selections; an educational display of U.S. historical flags flown throughout U.S. history; the Veterans Affairs mobile center; and numerous organizations supporting veterans and families. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby/U-Shaped Parking Lot
Saturday, Jun. 10 at 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. Whether just starting out or an expert able to share your knowledge, join us for a quick history lesson about women during the early 20th century with Deb Rinehart and a free WWI era specific pattern. BYONY (bring your own needles and yarn). Your own projects are welcome! FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
Saturday, June 10, 1 p.m.
HEAR Now Festival: 1917
The popular HEAR Now: Audio Fiction & Arts Festival is back! Join us for incredible live audio theater that is part of the global commemoration of 1917 and U.S. entry into World War I. Using original audio and images from the Museum archive, you won’t want to miss this riveting performance. For more information on this program and a full schedule of events, visit hearnowfestival.org. FREE to the public | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! This month Living History volunteers will focus on how soldiers passed the time in the trenches during the war. Free to the public.
Wednesday, June 14, 2 p.m.
This public tour is designed for kids 12 and under. You’ll spend 30 minutes in the Main Gallery with a Museum educator learning what life was like for soldiers in the war. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on the day of the event at the Museum ticketing area. Complimentary with paid admission | Meet at Guest Services inside the Museum
Wednesday, June 14, 5:30 p.m.
Member Perks: Gallery Chat and Reception
Museum Members, join us after hours for an exclusive look inside the creation of Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome Their American Ally with co-curator Camille Kulig and registrar Stacie Petersen. The 30 drawings featured in this exhibition, on loan from Le Vieux Montmartre Historical Society in Paris, have never before been exhibited. Light refreshments provided. FREE with RSVP (Members only) | Ellis Gallery
Get ready to say “Hello, Gorgeous!” with this summer Film Friday. The Academy Award-winning Barbra Streisand classic will surely have you singing in your seat. Based upon the life of film and theatre ingénue, Fanny Brice, Funny Girl tells the story of the star’s spectacular rise to fame and her equally dramatic love life during the WWI era. Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film registry, this screening of Funny Girl is not to be missed! Sponsored by the Capitol Federal Foundation. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Did you know that Spain was neutral during World War I? Join Museum educators for a family-friendly craft and reading about Munro Leaf’s beloved bull, a timeless critique on fascism and conformity. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
Beginning in late May 1917, open mutiny swept through much of the French Army. Dr. Ethan Rafuse shares the remarkable feat of personal leadership of Henri Petain to restore discipline to the French Army and how this military uprising reflected deeper divisions in French society in 1917 and its enduring effect on France's history for decades to come. The John J. Pershing Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash Bar/Small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Children’s Story Time with Pierre the Trench Rat & His Animal Friends
Join us for a family-friendly story time as Pierre the Trench Rat introduces his special WWI animal pals. Hear amazing stories and see the Great War from the perspective of winged and four-footed friends. FREE with RSVP | Exhibit Hall
Tap your toes to the music of Glenn Miller and classic American Marches! Have a picnic and enjoy this entertaining and informative concert that is fun for the whole family! The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest uses music to show veterans’ appreciation, patriotic support and communicate the key values of the Air Force: integrity, service, and excellence. FREE to the public | Memorial Courtyard
Thursday, June 29, 7:30 a.m.
Pilates in the Park
Pilates traces its roots to World War I. Join us on the final Thursday of each month this summer as teachers from the Kansas City Ballet School lead a pilates program to start your morning! The program features non-impact, core developing and flexibility exercises for people at any level of fitness. BYOM (Bring your own mat). FREE with pre-registration | Museum Southeast Lawn (J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby in case of rain)