Standing tall, overlooking Kansas City, Missouri, is the National WWI Museum and Memorial, which transports visitors back in time with an in-depth look at World War I through life-sized exhibits, an interactive timeline and personal engagements.

Entering the museum’s exhibition area, visitors will see what is one of the most moving tributes to the fallen — a glass walkway that looks over a field of 9,000 poppies, each representing 1,000 deaths. It acts as a reminder of the 9 million who lost their lives as a result of the war.

The poppy was the first flower to grow in the soil of the graves of soldiers in the Flanders region of Belgium. Today, the poppy continues to be a symbol to remember those who have died in battle and are often seen on Veterans Day being sold by members of the American Legion to support veterans across the U.S.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial offers visitors a chance to investigate the events and history of WWI and the global impact it had. The state-of-the-art museum will take several hours to explore and a little longer for war and history buffs.

Kids and families

Families can explore the timeline of the war, search the galleries by going on a scavenger hunt, download the “Flanders Fields Poppy” cut-out page and more. Family guides of activities are available at the museum or can be downloaded and printed from the website, theworldwar.org. Add another dimension to the visit by taking a 40-minute audio tour in the main gallery.

At this museum, kids can get their hands on history each Saturday at 11 a.m. A free program allows for all ages to see and touch war objects.

When planning a visit, take a look at the website and watch for the “Day In The Life” program that presents WWI artifacts and topics with living-history volunteers.

Built by Kansas City

Not long after the war ended, Kansas City leaders formed the Liberty Memorial Association to find a way to honor and create a monument to those men and women who served their country in WWI. The citizens raised enough money in 10 days to accomplish the feat. In 1921 more than 100,000 people gathered to see the Supreme Allied commanders dedicate the Liberty Memorial. Kansas City visitors can take a trip to the top of the 217-foot-tall Liberty Memorial Tower, which offers a fantastic view of the city.

Collections

The museum is filled with treasures and memories for visitors to learn and understand the importance of this piece of history. Travelers will find some rare items and one-of-a-kind artifacts. A couple that stand out are Gen. John J. Pershing’s flag from his headquarters, one of the few remaining Renault FT-17 tanks and a 1917 original Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Visitors will find collections of the tools of war: gas masks, grenades, artillery, machine guns and hundreds of WWI weapons. One of the most interesting and informative displays is the full-size trench that demonstrates how the soldiers lived in the field.

The Main Gallery has permanent exhibitions. It is filled with documents, videos and interactive tables. It offers the history in detail of the war, which took place from 1914 to 1919.