National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, just s. of downtown at Pershing and Main sts. at 100 W. 26th St., is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of and artifacts associated with the first World War. The educational, thought-provoking displays and interactive exhibits include everything from posters, photographs, uniforms, archival films and vintage audio broadcasts to airplanes, artillery, weaponry, cannons, caissons, a 1917 model Harley-Davidson army motorcycle, an FT17 Renault tank and a simulated World War I trench.
Chronological displays and firsthand accounts from diaries trace the history of the war from its beginning to the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918. The 217-foot-tall Liberty Memorial Tower takes visitors to an open-air observation deck at the top for panoramic views of downtown Kansas City. Several fountains grace the landscaped grounds.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.