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A stirring commemoration to those who fought in World War I, the solemn Liberty Memorial forms an integral part of Kansas City's dynamic skyline. Built in the year 1926 to honor those Americans who lost their lives during World War I, this towering memorial is skirted by other nationally and historically-significant sites like the Memory Hall and Exhibition Hall. It was funded entirely through private donations and it is the only commissioned memorial of its kind in the country that honors the 'Great War'. As dusk falls, the top of the tower is lit brightly, towering over Kansas City's urbane landscape. The memorial is home to the National WWI Museum, the official U.S. museum that contains the tanks, guns, memorabilia and interactive exhibits which display the nuances of the early 20th Century warfare.
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.
Home and studio of local artist, Thomas Hart Benton, this site is a must-visit for those interested in the 'Regionalist' art movement. The house is now a museum that contains artifacts and other objects from Benton's daily life. The chief exhibits are his famed mural " A Social History of the State of Missouri" as well as a stretched canvas that the artist never touched. If you enjoy the art of Grant Wood or John Steuart Curry, then you will enjoy one of their brethren at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio.
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.