Museum is closed on Monday, Sept. 11; regular hours resume: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.
Museum Closing at 2 p.m.
Museum is closing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 for Night at the Tower
Saturday, September 16, 7:15 p.m.
Night at the Tower
An unforgettable evening awaits as the National World War I Museum and Memorial presents the third annual Night at the Tower. This year’s event continues to build on the momentum of the past two years with eclectic food and beverages, an exclusive auction, and an all new program experience featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Jeanette and Kevin Prenger are serving as Event Chairmen with the Hall Family as Honorary Chairmen. Tickets start at $150 and are available now.
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 – Oct. 22, 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.
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
Thursdays in September, 6 p.m.
Group Training Run for WWI 8K Double
Getting ready to run the WWI 8K Double on the grounds of the Museum on Oct. 1? Then join us for training runs on every Thursday in September led by the Kansas City Track Club! Starting Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Trainees who attend all four sessions will receive one ticket for FREE admission to the Museum. FREE to the public | Museum Main Entrance
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 trench warfare during the war. Free to the public.
Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary story of Gertrude Bell: spy, explorer and political powerhouse, who under the British Empire shaped the destiny of modern Iraq after World War I. This screening will be followed by a conversation by Director and Producer Zeva Oelbaum and the Museum’s Senior Curator Doran Cart. Members may purchase tickets at the door for a discounted price of $7. Tivoli Cinemas
World War I shaped the world of medicine and gender equality. Join members of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) for a lively 30-minute talk on the daring women in the medical profession during WWI. Presenters will discuss the history of the AMWA and the American Women’s Hospitals Service in addition to honoring women physicians in service today. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War
Take me out to the ballgame! In partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Jim Leeke, author of the newly released From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War, will discuss how World War I affected America’s pastime and changed the sport forever. An opportunity to purchase the author’s book and have it signed follows the program. Cash bar/small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C Nichols Auditorium
Story Time: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Did you know that famed artist Horace Pippin was part of the Harlem Hellfighters? Join Museum educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Jen Bryant’s award-winning book that tells the story of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s most innovative artists. Presented in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
The Recipe for Writing Successful Historical Fiction
Do you ever wonder what makes a book both believable and compelling? Join Kansas City author Anola Pickett for a talk on writing historical fiction and the value of using local archives. The author will discuss her key ingredients to crafting a successful book, including her research at the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other familiar sites.FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
In conjunction with organizations in the Crown Center District, the Museum is offering discounted ticket rates and a special tour during Homeschool Week! Discounted rates are $3 per ticket and include a trip to the top of the Liberty Memorial Tower. A complimentary guided tour is offered on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tour space is limited and an RSVP is required. Contact the School Programs Manager at email@example.com to RSVP.
Thursday September 28, 4-6:30 p.m.
Teacher Appreciation Night
Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the Truman Library, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more than 20 museum and historic sites around the region for Teacher Appreciation Night, an exclusive evening celebrating educators and providing them with the information to help them take their students to the most engaging and memorable educational experiences around. Enjoy appetizers and beverages, learn about educational programs at local museums and historic sites, get information about available scholarships and transportation grants, and view the exhibitions and collections at the Truman Library. Free with RSVP (Register by Aug. 31 to receive a free gift on Sept. 28) | Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
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
Don’t miss U.S. Army Chorus’s 15-minute preview performance! Selected from some of the country’s finest musicians, “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Chorus performs regularly at the White House and around the globe. This is a preview of their evening performance at the International Gala hosted by the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Foundation at the Kauffman Center at 8 p.m. that evening. Want to be part of the black tie event honoring the 110 International Military Officers from 91 countries? Purchase tickets through the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. FREE to the public | Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge