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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
01. American Jazz Museum
01. American Jazz Museum

(816) 474-8463

1616 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108   Directions

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Listening stations, touch screen interactives, custom mixing boards, and the John H. Baker Film Collection complement a year-round display of artifacts, graphics, and commissioned artwork. Visit the heart of historic Garden Grove to catch a show at the Gem Theater. See a quality production of theater, music or art (or a combination) at this intimate entertainment venue.

02. Arabia Steamboat Museum
02. Arabia Steamboat Museum

(816) 471-1856

400 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64106   Directions

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Come aboard the Arabia Steamboat Museum to catch a glimpse of the Kansas and Missouri frontier life in the 1800s. A perfect time capsule, the Arabia sank into the Missouri River in 1856, taking all its treasures into the muddy waters. Excavated in 1988, the salvaged and restored artifacts are now on display for all to enjoy.

03. Kansas City Museum
03. Kansas City Museum

(816) 513-0720

3218 Gladstone Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64123   Directions

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Run by Union Station Kansas City, the Kansas City Museum can be found at the breathtaking Corinthian Hall. Also known as the R.A. Long House, this 3-acre complex is dedicated to displays about local history and natural science. See collections of local artifacts or look to the heavens in the 50-seat planetarium.

04. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
04. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

(816) 753-5784

4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111   Directions

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The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the permanent collection of Bebe and R. Crosby Kemper Jr. The bright, light central atrium opens up to two wings of exhibits and attractions, which showcase both the permanent collection and a variety of special exhibitions. You can also enjoy a meal at the Café Sebastienne, where the world of contemporary arts meets contemporary cuisine.

05. National World War 1 Museum
05. National World War 1 Museum

(816) 888-8100

2 Memorial Dr
Kansas City, MO 64108   Directions

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Located in the Liberty Memorial, the National World War 1 Museum dedicates its space to preserving the artifacts and memorabilia from WWI. Appointed by Congress as America’s official WWI museum, you will encounter exhibits filled with photographs, propaganda posters, maps, uniforms, guns and even a Renault FT-17 tank. Learn what life was like during this time period through interactive displays and honor the soldiers who lost their lives at the memorial.

06. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
06. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

(816) 221-1920

1616 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108   Directions

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See the African American influence on America’s favorite pastime at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This unique specialty museum opened in 1990 with the mission of preserving this rich history. Learn about African American baseball players from the late 1800s to the 1960s as you tour through the multimedia displays, photographs, artifacts and attractions.

07. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
07. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

(816) 751-1278

4525 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64111   Directions

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Visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where even the building is art. Inside of this neoclassical architecture you will find one of the largest collections of Asian art in America as well as a highly prized collection of European and American paintings, photography, sculptures and historic artifacts.

08. Strawberry Hill Museum
08. Strawberry Hill Museum

(913) 371-3264

720 N 4th St
Kansas City, KS 66101   Directions

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Learn about Kansas City’s past at the historical Strawberry Hill Museum. This ethnic museum hosts a number of early Kansas City artifacts and features several displays and attractions about the people and cultures that influenced the city’s development. Visit this Victorian home for a slice of early immigrant life.

09. Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City
09. Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City

(913) 287-8888

5700 King St
Shawnee, KS 66203   Directions

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Head to the western suburbs for a day to Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City. Discover the wonders of education in this converted elementary school. Every room has a different theme, from space to physics to arts and crafts and more! Children of all ages (and children at heart) will love the exhibits at this fun, entertaining museum.

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