To many outsiders Kansas City may seem to be well deserving of its “cow-town” reputation. After all, historically speaking, Kansas City grew up out of the prosperity created by the local cattle markets strategically located at the crossroads of key national rail lines. However, any local will tell you that it would be a mistake to reduce Kansas City to a stagnant creature of its historical origins.
Make no mistake, the legacy of Kansas City’s cattle markets and rail links lives on. Kansas City’s steakhouses and barbecue restaurants are considered by many to be the best in the nation. Visitors ranging from celebrities to US Presidents frequent landmark establishments, and the railroads still play an important part in the Kansas City economy.
However, Kansas City has also developed a thriving Arts community complimented by the vast array of global cultural influences the city supports. Museums, the performing arts, and local galleries all boast impressive and dedicated followings from residents and visitors alike, and local organizations host a range of events that reflect the diverse multicultural heritage and community that makes Kansas City so unique.
The Alliance Française de Kansas City is an organization dedicated to the appreciation of the French language as well as Francophone culture, history and art. The Alliance provides opportunities for members and interested people of the area to get together on a regular basis to exchange ideas as well as increase their knowledge of the Francophone world. For more informaiton, please see the Directory.
The City is divided into six council districts. The mayor and six councilmembers are elected at large, with one at-large councilmember representing each district. Six councilmembers are elected only by voters in their districts. The City of Kansas City, Mo., has a vision for our city. Our vision is one in which Kansas City’s communities are safe, well-maintained and environmentally responsible. People, neighborhoods, businesses, arts and education prosper, and leadership inspires confidence and promotes unity. For more information, please see the Directory.
After nearly a decade of planning & execution of an 18th & Vine redevelopment initiative the American Jazz Museum opened to the public in September 1997.
Since its opening, the American Jazz Museum has hosted thousands of world-class jazz performances in its Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater; displayed dozens of compelling exhibitions in its Changing Gallery, presented countless education programs and community events and nurtured a unique artifact & film collection. For more information, please see the Directory.
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial provides an extraordinary experience. The state-of-the-art Museum gives you the chance to explore and discover the nation’s most extensive assembly of artifacts, photography, art and narratives of the Great War ever presented in a single collection. The Museum introduces the war in unprecedented ways – through visual and audio sensory stimulation to mold an unforgettable experience in the minds of all visitors – young and old. For more information, please see the Directory.
Through the inspiration of Horace M. Peterson III , founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, a group of local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players came together to create the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the early 1990s. In 1994, it expanded to a 2,000 square-foot space in the Lincoln Building, which include a number photographs and interactive displays. Designed by ESA Design of Abilene, KS, this exhibit became the flagship for redevelopment in the historic district. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas. The Cultural Center is housed in the Strawberry Hill Museum. Strawberry Hill Museum receives recognition. At the Kansas City Kansas Wyandotte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 2009 Tourism Celebration, the Strawberry Hill Museum was presented with the 2008 Event of the Year Award. The event was "Olde World Christmas". For more information, please see the Directory.
When you step inside the John Wornall House Museum, you enter another century. In 1858 John B Wornall built his elegant home in the Greek Revival style. Restored to the period, its interiors and authentic furnishings demonstrate why the house was called “the most pretentious house in the section". Now engulfed by Brookside, the John Wornall House originally sat on the Missouri Frontier and is on of the finest examples of period architecture in the region. For more information, please see the Directory.
Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City's mission is sparking a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. We provide fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children ten and under, their parents and teachers from across the Kansas City area. Our members and visitors today enjoy our exhibits and programs in our museum facility in Shawnee, Kansas, as well as in our Wonderscope LiveWonderscope on Wheels outreach programs throughout the metropolitan area. For more information, please see the Directory. and
The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City is a 38-room house that boasts largest collection of nostalgic toys, fine-scale miniatures and marbles in the Midwest. This specialty museum, located on UMKC's campus, is just a few blocks south of the renowned Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is home to one of the region's largest automated cash vaults. From a viewing area in the Money Museum, visitors can get a close-up look of how Bank employees and the vault's robots work together to move large containers of cash within a secure area. The multi-story facility is responsible for sorting and transporting cash to and from commercial banks. Don't miss your chance to see this attraction, which serves a vital role in the nation's currency chain. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Truman Presidential 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 Trumans 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. For more information, please see the Directory.
At Science City, science fact is more fascinating than science fiction. This thoroughly modern science center in Kansas City's restored Union Station features interactive exhibits and offers a hands-on experience that's so much fun you won't realize how much you're learning.
Science City is also home to the Dino Lab, a real laboratory with real scientists working on real dinosaur fossils. For more information, please see the Directory.