5 based on 4 reviews
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America's leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America's official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.
This is a great museum and very well curated. It really is two parts. The inside museum which is excellent and the actual outside memorial which is impressive and if you have not been to Kansas City before, the view of the city is great. This is a must see if you visit Kansas City. parking can be a little tough on the loop road in front of the museum, but it is a nice walk if you can't find a spot. Don't miss the café, great food, wonderful personal service
4 based on 79 reviews
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City sparks a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. Wonderscope is a family-friendly place full of imaginative, interactive exhibits and programs where young children and adults can explore and discover the adventure of learning together.
This is a great place if you need to let a toddler run wild for a few hours; be prepared for the kids to get wet, and messy as there is a room they can use paints!
4.5 based on 14 reviews
A long time treat in Eastern Europe during the holidays is Povitica. This a holiday bread, baked like a coffee cake. Povitica is the word used in Croatia for this wonderful treat. ( The Serbians, Slovenians and Poles all have something similar.) In Kansas City there is an area called Strawberry Hill. For the last hundred years it has primarily been populated by Croatians. This treat is baked in many flavors; Black Walnut, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate, English Walnut just name a few. The bakery is run by the same family since it began. Now located in Merriam. They welcome visitors , give bakery tours and have a large sample area to taste the many varieties. These make wonderful gifts .
I highly recommend a visit and the chance to sample the many varieties available .
5 based on 2 reviews
Drop in for an hour, come for lunch, or spend the entire day wandering through world-class galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City and just three blocks from the Country Club Plaza, and admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins, recognized as one of America’s finest art museums, strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community. With 40,000 works of art, the Nelson-Atkins is best known for its new Bloch Galleries, featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, plus its Asian art, photography, American paintings, American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a beautiful setting for a walk or picnic, is an oasis in the city and home to notable sculptures.
We chose to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum because they were hosting an exhibit entitled “Through the Eyes of Picasso.” The exhibit examined Picasso’s influence by and use of African and other aboriginal images, especially tribal masks. In some cases, a specific mask was shown alongside a Picasso painting, making it undeniable that this was the source. We began to think about some of Picasso’s works that were already familiar to us and suddenly began to see the aboriginal influence. It was a terrific exhibit that will forever inform our appreciation of the works of one of our favorite artists.
The museum also had a Chinese exhibit called “Dreams of the Kings,” a collection of art and other items from the Han Dynasty, including an entire full-body suit of jade. It took about 90 minutes to see both exhibits and take the requisite photos outside by the giant shuttlecocks.
4.5 based on 24 reviews
Always a pleasure when traveling to find where the locals go to met and eat. Nice nooks for gathering. They have something I found unique, that is the bread from the bakery next door, they share an open wall between them and you can move from the bakery to the coffee shop. You can get a slice of the bakery bread, toasted and topped with a variety of jelly or peanut butter. I tried the Walnut Berry with peanut butter and honey. While it's a local favor and recommended I did not find it much to my taste. It wasn't bad, tasty of course, but diffidently a local favor. It was very interesting to see the bread baked in such a manner and stacked on it's end until ordered. Good Latte and service. Charming. Business people there with laptops, free internet, Families there, Mom and kids. Good mix. Enjoyed the morning newspaper and reading here. There are photos on their website. Take a look!
4.5 based on 12 reviews
My mom and I happened upon Antioch Park on a Sunday morning while waiting for stores to open. The walking trails around the little lake were great and it was fun watching the ducks, geese, turtles, and frogs. The area for children looks very fun. It is a wonderful place to take a walk, relax, and enjoy nature.
4.5 based on 94 reviews
Fun place to go to buy fresh produce, plants, flowers and more. The prices aren't cheap, but you are supporting local folks, so that makes it ok. It can get pretty crowded. Also, good idea to take canvas bag to carry stuff
4.5 based on 17 reviews
Came here for a museum conference and was amazed at the love, care and detail that has gone into redeveloping this historic site. Set in the year 1929, the town features a truck farm, General store, funeral parlor, Barber Shop, school, typewriter repair shop and more. Also has a roaring twenties "speak easy" styled hall for weddings, parties and meetings. A great step into the more recent past.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
Saw it listed in a brochure and stopped by to check it out. We live in the next city and were interested to find out more about Merriam. They have outdoor walking stops and inside a pictorial of the history of the area. We had no idea that the city was originally named differently. It is worth the time and they have a short video of how the city came to be.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
This park is a hidden gem off the beaten path for taking walks, running, bicycling, and just plain enjoying the outdoors. The 13.6 mile asphalt & concrete trail is now completed, and meanders through wooded and open areas passing meadows, ball fields, housing editions, streams, and railroad routes. The best way to access the park entrance and trail head is the Holliday Drive exit off of I-435 and go West. Follow this road for about a mile, and cross the railroad tracks, and then look on the left about a block up for the entrance. The entrance is not real obvious, so watch carefully. About 5 miles into the trail, there is a bluff that has a rather steep walkway, but the reward awaits you at the top with a nice view from this bluff over the valley below. The ball fields can get quite busy on the weekends, but there are plenty of places for a picnic, or some fun on your own. All in all, a very nice place away from it all.
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