Everyone from Kansas City knows that the Liberty Memorial is one of the best spots for incredible views of KC. Having grown up in Kansas City pretty much my whole life, it’s kinda sad that I never made it to the top of the Liberty Memorial until last year. Better late than never, right?
The Liberty Memorial is located at the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial which is perched atop a hill overlooking downtown Kansas City. In 2004, the United States Congress designated the museum as the nation’s official World War 1 Museum. The National World War 1 Museum at Liberty Memorial is a memorial to men and women who served in World War 1 and is the only national museum dedicated to the Great War. The museum is housed beneath the Liberty Memorial Tower and features more than 50,000 artifacts – the world’s second largest WWI collection behind Britain’s Imperial War Museum.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can get free views of KC from the base of the Liberty Memorial Tower, however $5 gets you an elevator ride (plus a few stairs) to the top of the tower. I’ve admired KC from the base of the tower and the top and I think the $5 to go up is definitely worth it. You get a bird’s-eye view of downtown Kansas City and you can see for miles in every direction. It’s truly the perfect spot for 360-degree panoramic views of KC. Even though the museum and tower have specific hours, you can still go admire KC from the base of the tower at just about any time or season you want. I’ve been to see downtown KC in the bright sunshine, at night when the sun is setting, in the winter after a snowfall, and numerous other times.
The WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial is one of my favorite spots in Kansas City and is one of the first places I take my friends who are new to the city or just visiting. It’s one of the most popular activities in Kansas City and for a good reason, not only can you get breathtaking views of downtown Kansas City, but the WWI Museum is truly top-notch and is well worth a visit. You would be missing a key part of Kansas City if you skipped the WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial, so make sure to stop by on your next trip to Kansas City.
- The museum and Liberty Memorial Tower are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (Closed Mondays – except Holiday Mondays and during summer hours)
- The last ride to the top of the Liberty Memorial Tower is at 4:15 pm (5:15 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer)
- If you’re not interested in seeing the museum and you only want to go up the Liberty Memorial Tower, you can get tickets for $5 (purchase tickets to the tower inside the WWI museum)
- Admission to the WWI Museum includes a ride up the Liberty Memorial Tower
- Prices to the museum for adults are $14, seniors and students are $12, and youth is $8
- There are discounts if you show a Military ID or you are a teacher
- Special admission on Wednesdays: all tickets are $7 all day on Wednesdays
- Click here for more information on hours and admission prices
Have you ever been to the top of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City? Where is your favorite spot for beautiful views of KC? I’d love to hear what you think – leave a comment below!