Sunday, Dec. 31 & Monday, Jan. 1 ALL DAY
Museum Closed for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m.
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 fifth 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 2 at 10 a.m.
Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle: Knit In
Come do your bit – knit! This 1 ½ 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 for a light morning holiday party and quick history lesson about celebrating the holidays during the War with Museum Registrar Stacie Petersen. RSVP by Nov. 30 | R.A. Long Education Center Classroom
Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Sound in Conversation: Art as Memory
Art helps us interpret and remember our history. Join Tancredi Artico, Emiliano Montermini, and Federica Ceci as they preview Italian contemporary artist Joshua Cesa’s audio installation, Insight, and discuss its relationship to World War I. Created to capture the sensorial experience of war, this work seeks to connect with the past through modern sounds. Presented in partnership with IoDeposito. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
Join Tancredi Artico, editor of the newly released From the Front and Museum Archivist Jonathan Casey, Director, Archives and Edward Jones Research Center, in conversation on the experiences that united—rather than divided—World War I enemy soldiers. Using letters and diaries, this global book captures the intimacies of war as you’ve never read before. Presented in partnership with IoDeposito. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center
1917 was a monumental year in Russian history and politics. Join Sean N. Kalic and Gates Brown, co-editors of the recently published The Russian Revolution 1917: The Essential Reference Guide as they discuss how social, economic, and political forces transformed Russia in the early 20th century. The John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash bar available. FREE with RSVP | 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! The Living History volunteers will focus on how holidays were celebrated by soldiers during the war. Free to the public.
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
Wreaths Across America volunteers hold 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 | Memorial Courtyard
Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.
Story Time: War Game Screening
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 music of holiday movies and television specials leap off the screen to the concert stage for the Mid America Freedom Band’s “Kringle and Krampus.” You’ve never quite gotten into the holiday spirit like this before! Purchase tickets | J.C. Nichols Auditorium