100 W. 26th St., Kansas City
HOURS: Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
COST: Combo ticket to museum and tower $12 adult,
$10 senior, $6 child 6–11
An iconic part of Kansas City ’s skyline, the Liberty Memorial dates back to the early 1920s when city leaders met and agreed on the creation of a monument to honor those who had served in World War I. A community-based fundraising drive raised $2.5 million in a mere 10 days, and the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsored a national competition to select the monument’s design.
Architect H. Van Buren Magonigle’s towering monument won, and visitors can now visit the top of the tower as well as the National World War I Museum, an underground structure that spreads beneath the memorial.