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From its humble origin in the small Bohemian town of Joachimsthal to its omnipotent omnipresence in everyday life, the American dollar has certainly come a long way. In fact, the word 'dollar' derives from this original coin fashioned in the 16th Century, as it was called 'Tolar' in Czech and 'Thaler' in German. Nonetheless, this museum located in downtown K.C. tells the public everything they need to know about the Federal Reserve System of banking in the U.S. and the museum itself is located inside a federal branch. Some of the highlights include visits to the massive cash vault, the Truman coin collection, interactive displays and they even give you a free bag of shredded money to take home as a souvenir! Admission is free and it's open during normal working hours.
Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th & Vine District. Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement. This museum adjoins the American Jazz Museum, so be sure to allow enough time to visit both. Check website to find out more details on events and presentations.
Home to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, The College Basketball Experience celebrates basketball and presents the sport's eventful history to thousands of visitors. Covering an area of 415,00 square feet (3855.4762 square meters), this basketball museum also features an array of interactive exhibits the portray the sport's evolution and development. The four areas of the museum include Hall of Honor, Half Time, The Fan Experience and The Entry Experience. Activity kiosks at the museum invite visitors to learn the various knickknacks of the game, like free throw shooting, three-point shooting, passing and rebounding. Other engaging stations offer a wonderful glimpse from the perspective of famous players and coaches.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the The College Basketball Experience is a focal point of the basketball museum. Occupying a major section of the facility, the hall of fame was born out of the efforts of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in the year 2006. Through the hall of fame, the NABC pays a tribute to noted basketball coaches, about 180 players and other men who have significantly contributed to the legendary college game. The first basketball class at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame was curated by known names of the game like John Wooden, Dean Smith and Bill Russel, among others.
This interactive museum is great for children and adults. Geared toward the agriculture and livestock industries, this museum provides exhibits and displays that keep guests entertained for an hour or more. The museum, which opened in 1992, centers around the American Royal, a Kansas City fall tradition that celebrates agribusiness and the cowboy experience. It also features a general store, Big Barnyard and a history section on the Royal and stockyards.
Take a trip back in flight-time with a visit to this museum that celebrates aviation history. It is located inside a hanger at the old Downtown Airport and visitors can see airplanes, photos, audio/video productions, artifacts, logbooks, uniforms and other items that illustrate the grace of propeller-driven travel. Individuals who lived and worked among the aircraft during their glory days sometimes lead informative and entertaining tours. Groups of ten or more must call ahead to reserve one. Check website for details on events and other information.
This museum is devoted to the history of Kansas City and its environs. The museum is housed in the stately Beaux-Arts mansion that once belonged to the lumber tycoon R.A. Long. The estate was given to the city in 1938 and converted into a museum shortly thereafter. Inside, visit the 50-room wing known as the Corinthian Hall or the StoryTarium, which is an interactive area that presents the history of the city as well as the people who created it. In addition to Kansas City history, the museum also focuses on community events that run the gamut, from Latino heritage exhibits to LGBT programs.
This is a must-see for children and the young-at-heart. Located near the Country Club Plaza on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, this museum features a collection of antique toys, built-to-scale miniatures, antique dolls, doll houses, farm toys and teaching kitchens. They recently added a new room to feature the worlds most complete marble collection, donated by Larry and Cathy Runyan-Svacina. The museum was founded in 1982 by two women who wanted to share their toy collections with the general public. Adults will especially enjoy the miniature displays, which fascinate and inspire. *One added note, the museum is closed for renovations until 2015, check website for details.