National World War I Museum and Memorial

America's leading World War I institution is dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.

World War I was a conflict that changed the world. Learn about the war through a variety of exhibits and interactive displays at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the summer of 1914, war was seen as romantic, but the reality of the “Great War” proved far more grim. The online exhibition Home Before the Leaves Fall explores the early events of the war.

Even in the early years of the war when the U.S. remained steadfastly neutral, Americans volunteered for the war and relief efforts. Experience their stories, and their enduring impact, with the online exhibition, The Volunteers: America Joins WWI.

Americans wrestled with their role in this global conflict until April 1917. Learn about the events that led the U.S. to declare war, including Germany's use of Unrestricted U-boat Warfare and the international fallout from the Zimmermann Telegram.

On Nov. 11, 1918, after more than four years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. Explore what led to the momentous agreement and its lasting legacy.

As the war concluded, leaders of the victorious powers in World War I aspired to convert battlefield success into enduring peace. Learn about the Paris Peace Conference, Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the resulting treaties that brought WWI to a close.

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100 W 26th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: 816-888-8100


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