Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Kansas City.

National World War I Museum and Memorial
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Officially the only US museum devoted solely to World War I, Liberty Memorial displays objects collected beginning on Armistice Day (November 11, 1918) at war's end. The permanent exhibits, then, seek to explain and interpret the varied...  Read More

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American Jazz Museum

This interactive museum, one of Kansas City's most popular attractions, chronicles the history of jazz and its greatest contributors. Learn about the lives and music of such legends as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie "Bird" Parker....  Read More

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
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This unique museum utilizes film, memorabilia, and other exhibits to track a remarkable chapter of American sports history. Guests use computers to access 3-D information on the league's history and players, play challenging trivia games, and...  Read More

Arabia Steamboat Museum
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This intriguing museum relates the history of the once-successful steamboat "Arabia" and its watery demise in 1856. On display are more than 200 tons of cargo recovered 132 years after the ship's tragic ruin. Recovered items include china,...  Read More

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Museum

One of ten US presidential libraries, this impressive memorial to America's 33rd president is fascinating. Featured in its holdings is a prolific collection of landmark historical documents that address the Korean War, NATO, the Berlin Airlift,...  Read More

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
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Established in 1933, this museum is among America's premier art institutions, boasting a variety of prestigious works dating from antiquity to the present. Indeed, the Atkins is renowned for its magnificent collection of rare European, American,...  Read More

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Located on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, this restored, circa-1911 mansion boasts 24 rooms filled with antique dolls, dollhouses, cast-iron toys, trains, and scale miniatures of items such as Noah's Ark. Contemporary toys...  Read More

Kansas City Museum

Located in a turn-of-the-century mansion in the historic Northeast neighborhood, this museum features artifacts and audio-visual displays. Exhibits chronicle the development of the city's metropolitan area from the period of the Osage Indians to...  Read More

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper boasts an extraordinary collection of international art, all of which utilizes current technology in a wide variety of media. The museum also offers regularly scheduled conferences, films, lectures, and performances. Enjoy the...  Read More

American Royal Museum and Visitors Center

Employing interactive displays, memorabilia, hands-on exhibits, and a fascinating 20-minute film, this inspirational museum documents the livestock industry and its impact on the development and history of Kansas City (and the Midwest). A...  Read More

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