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National Archives at Kansas City

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Address: 400 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108-4306
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+1 816-268-8000
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

Explore our exhibit galleries, watch Democracy Starts Here (11 min film),...

Explore our exhibit galleries, watch Democracy Starts Here (11 min film), make rubbings of famous signatures, research your family history and more!

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Excellent Place For Genealogy Research

We made the trip to KC specifically to spend a couple days in the research room at the National Archives. We needed information from Nebraska and South Dakota and there were... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

We made the trip to KC specifically to spend a couple days in the research room at the National Archives. We needed information from Nebraska and South Dakota and there were records that are not available online. We were able to access them. If you are doing this type of research, it is imperative that you phone first to give... More 

Thank RickMIusa
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a great place to go to begin your search on ancestry, local history, and just to see some neat things throughout the year. They have a nice gallery to walk through to learn as you go.

Thank decker78
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Not easy to find, but worth a visit. The Archives building has very interesting traveling exhibits, that change regularly. We usually go there for their speaker events which are always enjoyable. It is free and easy to tour through.

Thank Robert S
Leawood, Kanasa USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2015

I discovered this museum by accident one day while googling around for things to do in Kansas City. I've lived here for nearly 30 years and never knew about this place. They have rotating exhibits that are excellent. The current one is on Jewish Artifacts (mostly texts and writings) found in the basement under 4 feet of water in Saddam... More 

1 Thank flwrpeep
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

great place to visit and learn with good exhibits. kids will like it and adults. close to other sites

Thank LawrenceJhawk1
Overland Park, Kansas
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The National Archives in Kansas City is a treasure trove for actual original documents. Help is available for research. A decent video and bench seating is available when entering, and should be viewed. We made our first trip there to see the Nazi Propaganda exhibit laying out "a culture of indifference." It was very good and there was also an... More 

1 Thank Ann T
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I went to the National Archives in Kansas City to do some research on the files of Leavenworth prison inmates. The files date back to the opening of the Federal Prison at Leavenworth in 1895; they are absolutely fascinating! The archives staff goes way above and beyond to make researchers feel welcome and to provide any assistance needed. They also... More 

Thank Shayne D
Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

When we were trying to decide what to do, we tried to think outside the box. We selected National Archives. What a great choice! Free services. Free classes. Excellent exhibit. We were lucky enough to be visiting during a time when they had a free class on reading the census. We learned a lot and are now on our way... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We found out that some information about my grandfather was available at the Archives. We went there and the staff was super friendly and helpful. We left with over 700 pages of information! Now I have to go through it all and add it to the family history.

1 Thank TexasJimC
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

Good for research projects of any education level, but most helpful for mature teens and above. Staff is very helpful, and if you're doing local research, you should be able to locate everything you need.

Thank Fraiseology

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