Museums in Kansas City
Now that the Halloween activities are through, and it’s getting too cold for summer’s outdoor activities, how about a trip to one of Kansas City’s many world-class museums? Whether you’re a fan of history, have a love of baseball, or just like to explore gadgets from bygone days, there’s something to make the drive in from Independence worthwhile.
If you’re obsessed with records of the past, or you’re just working on a genealogical survey for your family, the National Archives makes taking the drive from Overland Park more than worthwhile. Not only can visitors explore the rotating exhibit gallery, but they can search more than 50,000 cubic feet of documents dating from the 1820s to the 1990s – for free.
World War I Museum
Home to more than 100,000 artifacts from the Great War, the National World War I Museum is stunning both inside and out. Built in the Egyptian Revival style, this towering edifice stands as one of Kansas City’s most iconic landmarks as it honors the sacrifices of men and women of more than a century ago.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Explore exhibits that showcase the talents of legendary players like Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, John “Buck” O’Neil. Learn about the perseverance it took for these men to play America’s Pastime, in spite of segregation and institutionalized racism.
American Jazz Museum
Jazz is a uniquely American sound, one that is beloved the world over for its passion, power, and emotion, as much as it is its unique origin. Here you can explore those beginnings through the eyes of legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie “Bird” Parker, and more or hop over to the Blue Room and enjoy a live performance by future greats and save yourself a trip back to Olathe to catch some tunes.
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Who doesn’t love taking a walk down memory lane and revisiting the toys of yesterday? The Toy Museum features a collection of more than 72,000 objects, including vintage games, antique dolls, erector sets, miniatures, furniture, and much more.
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No matter which museum you choose, you can’t help but learn something and have a good time. If you’re driving in from Olathe, pair your museum visit with a trip to the zoo then stop at an Overland Park restaurant for a bite. As a part of the community, Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit wants to help you find fun local events and places to find the best BBQ as well as the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day! Learn more with Eddy's Mazda of Lee's Summit.
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