Kansas City Museums & History

Kansas City Museums & HistoryDiscover the history behind the Heart of America or dive into the art scene in one of the nation's few bi-state cities. Kansas City is unique for many reasons, many of which are showcased in its museums. Learn about the diverse cultural influences on the city, take an educational tour through these historical sites and see the landmarks and artifacts that commemorate the city’s role in American history.

Strawberry Hill Museum
Learn about some of the different cultures that have influenced Kansas City at the Strawberry Hill Museum. Formed by the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society in 1988, this museum features unique items and stories of Croatian and Slavic heritage in a restored 1887 Victorian home. See the changing exhibits in the 30 decorated rooms.

Address: 720 N 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101 - MAP
Phone: (913) 371-3264
Web: www.strawberryhillmuseum.org

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
View works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Christian Boltanski, Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Christopher Brown at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. These artworks make up part of the permanent Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, donated when this contemporary art museum opened in 1994. The museum also showcases self-organized and traveling exhibitions.

Address: 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 561-3737
Web: www.kemperart.org

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Stroll through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and see some of its most inspired treasures. This world-class art museum contains select works ranging from ancient to modern times. Even the neoclassical building and the lawn have become art sculptures themselves. Art lovers will not want to miss what Times magazine listed as one of the top ten new architectural marvels from around the globe.

Address: 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 751-1278
Web: www.nelson-atkins.org

National World War I Museum
Located in the Liberty Memorial, the National World War I Museum dedicates its space to preserving the artifacts and memorabilia from WWI. Appointed by Congress as America’s official WWI museum, you will encounter exhibitions filled with photographs, propaganda posters, maps, uniforms, guns and even a Renault FT-17 tank. Learn what life was like during this time period through interactive displays and honor the soldiers who lost their lives at the memorial.

Address: 100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 784-1918
Web: www.theworldwar.org

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Celebrate the struggles and victories of African Americans in sports at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Opened in 1990, this unique museum traces the influence and charts the progress of the African American community from 1920 up to 1960 and today through America’s favorite pastime. See bronze statues of the greatest figures in the Field of Legends and learn about the past through multimedia displays.

Address: 1616 E 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-1920
Web: www.nlbm.com

Arabia Steamboat Museum
Come aboard the Arabia Steamboat Museum to catch a glimpse of the Kansas and Missouri frontier life in the 1800s. A perfect time capsule, the Arabia sank into the Missouri River in 1856, taking all its treasures into the muddy waters. Excavated in 1988, the salvaged and restored artifacts are now on display for all to enjoy.

Address: 400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 - MAP
Phone: (816) 471-1856
Web: www.1856.com

American Jazz Museum
Kansas City has been a home to blues and jazz since the 1920s. The American Jazz Museum preserves and honors the KC contributions to this musical culture. Located in the Jazz District, near the Gem Theater and Blue Room, this museum displays the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, as well as performances in the adjacent music venues.

Address: 1616 E 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 474-8463
Web: americanjazzmuseum.org

Union Station
Visit the historic Union Station in KCMO for a glimpse into the railway’s past. Built in 1914 and closed in the 1980s, this union train station saw many significant events from World War I to the Kansas City Massacre. Visit the museum in this renovated entertainment complex to see the collections of art, local history, natural history and archival collections of photographs, film and manuscripts.

Address: 30 W Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 460-2000
Web: www.unionstation.org

Kansas City Museum
Run by Union Station Kansas City, the Kansas City Museum can be found at the breathtaking Corinthian Hall. Also known as the R.A. Long House, this 3-acre complex is dedicated to displays about local history and natural science. See collections of local artifacts or look to the heavens in the 50-seat planetarium.

Address: 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64123 - MAP
Phone: (816) 483-8300
Web: www.kansascitymuseum.org