If you love history and you live in Kansas City, you’re in the right place. Kansas City teems with history, from our historic districts like Westport and the Stockyards to our world-renowned museums and buildings like Union Station. Start exploring KC’S rich history today!
THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL
No history tour in Kansas City is complete without a visit to The National World War I Museum and Memorial. As America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering and understanding the Great War, the museum features engaging, immersive and interactive exhibits designed to bring the conflict to life in the twenty-first century. Don’t forget to take a trip to the very top of the Liberty Memorial — this 90-year-old monument offers some of the best views of the Kansas City skyline.
NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM
Located in the historic 18th and Vine district, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum shares the complete history of Negro Leagues Baseball, from the average players to the superstars. Back in 1920, the Negro National League was founded in this very area. The exhibits in the 10,000-square-foot museum feature tons of films, photographs and baseball artifacts. Run the bases on the baseball diamond, which is outfitted with bronze sculptures of Negro Leagues greats. And don’t miss the American Jazz Museum, located in the same building as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
HARRY S. TRUMAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is located in Independence, President Truman’s hometown, and was the first Presidential Library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. Visit the museum to learn more about President Truman’s life and his years in office — and then take a trip to the historic Clinton’s Soda Fountain and order his childhood favorite, a butterscotch sundae with chocolate ice cream. President Truman even worked at Clinton’s as a young boy.
THE STEAMBOAT ARABIA
Excavate wonders from under the sea at The Steamboat Arabia, a River Market museum offering a rarely-seen look into frontier life. The Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, and brought down 200 tons of mystery cargo with it. The museum displays the results of the 1988 excavation, including remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more.
THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART
The extraordinary collection housed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art spans thousands of years and features pieces from all over the globe. The world-renowned campus provides free admission to all visitors and features an expansive outdoor sculpture garden, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy these priceless pieces of art. And since the museum is just a stone’s throw to the Country Club Plaza, you can wander another historic Kansas City landmark in the same visit.
THE MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE
Experience and celebrate natural history and culture at The Museum at Prairiefire, located inside the Entertainment District along Prairiefire Boulevard in Overland Park. The museum was founded through a unique partnership with the acclaimed American Museum of Natural History and other cultural and educational institutions. The interactive, family-friendly museum provides all visitors with an opportunity to learn about the world around us.
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