What to See in Kansas City
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
The museum preserves and exhibits one of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys and the world’s largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures. Explore interactives and temporary exhibits, including 2017’s “Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz,” alongside old museum favorites, such as the nine-foot-tall Coleman Dollhouse.
National Frontier Trails Museum
The National Frontier Trails Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted to the three great western routes: the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails.
Located in Independence, MO, the principal “jumping off” point for all three trails, the museum highlights the unique features of each trail and their dramatic impact on American History. Additional exhibits focus on the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the early fur trappers and traders, and the reasons why people heeded the call to “Go West!”
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball. Experience a tour of multi-media displays, museum store, hundreds of photographs, and artifacts dating from the late 1800’s through the 1960’s.
American Jazz Museum
Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a history museum housing artifacts salvaged from the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
The Truman Library and Museum collection consists of approximately 30,000 objects, primarily three dimensional items and works of art on paper and canvas. Most of these objects fall into one of five main categories: gifts to President and Mrs. Truman from foreign heads of state; gifts to the Truman’s from private citizens, both American and foreign; personal possessions of the Truman family; political memorabilia relating to the Truman Presidency and to the American Presidency in general; and objects associated with the historical events of Truman’s career, and particularly with his Presidency.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art a rapidly growing permanent collection of contemporary works of artists from around the world. The Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, installations, film and video series, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs.
Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site was originally a stop along the Oregon and California Trails, which originated in nearby Westport, Missouri.
National World War I Museum
Steeped in history, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it. Interactive displays, thought-provoking films and eyewitness testimonies help guide visitors through one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.