NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

Things to See and Do

Kansas City has a lot to offer the vacationing family! Just take a look at some of the City’s main attractions:

Featured Kansas City Attraction:

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The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is America's museum dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum fulfills its mission by:

  • Maintaining the Liberty Memorial as a beacon of freedom and a symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor of all who served in World War I
  • Interpreting the history of World War I to encourage public involvement and informed decision-making
  • Providing exhibitions and educational programs that engage diverse audiences
  • Collecting and preserving historical materials with the highest professional standards


Other great Kansas City Attractions!

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Recent renovation with restaurants, shops, exhibits, and museum. http://www.unionstation.org
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The first presidential library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. http://www.trumanlibrary.org
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A world-class art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. http://www.nelson-atkins.org
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Home to resident organizations such as the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming. http://www.kauffmancenter.org
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The largest contemporary art museum in the four state region, hosts sixteen temporary exhibitions annually and showcases the Museum’s Oppenheimer Collection. http://www.nermanmuseum.org
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Located in the historic 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri. Exhibits feature Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. The Blue Room is a fully functioning jazz club on site, and the Gem Theatre across the street is a larger venue hosting jazz music. www.americanjazzmuseum.org
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Collocated with the American Jazz Museum, this is a privately funded, no-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball. www.nlbm.com
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Features a number of vintage aircraft, including a Super “G” Constellation, fully restored to flying condition. www.airlinehistory.org
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A river boat sinking in 1856 and discovery in 1988 is the beginning of an amazing story. An extensive (200 tons) collection of perfectly preserved and recovered items from a sunken 19th century river boat represents a unique window into pre-Civil War American culture. www.1856.com
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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. www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org
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A large (915 acres) botanical garden, 30 miles east of Kansas City, featuring 6,000 varieties of plants, with 225,000 plants in seasonal displays. Open to the public, for a fee, during daylight hours. www.powellgardens.org
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Yes, we have them! Parley that bankroll into a sufficient sum to buy that brass locomotive that you’ve always wanted. The Kansas City metro area is home to several full-scale casinos, including:
  • Ameristar Casino
  • Harrah’s North
  • Isle of Capri
  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway


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A commercial complex containing many shops, great restaurants and entertainment venues. It also is home to Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium. www.crowncenter.com
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An American upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. The first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Established in 1922 and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises many retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues. www.countryclubplaza.com
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Large outdoor shopping, restaurant, and entertainment area located near the Kansas City Speedway and Sporting Park.
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Large shopping mall and entertainment area, located in suburban Johnson County, Kansas, mere minutes away from the Convention hotel.

Sports Venues

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Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. Part of the Truman Sports Complex, together with Kauffman Stadium, it is the 28th largest stadium in North America and fifth largest NFL stadium in seating capacity, behind AT&T Stadium, Lambeau Field, MetLife Stadium, and FedExField. It is the largest sports facility by capacity in the state of Missouri. A $375 million renovation was completed in 2010.
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Kauffman Stadium, nicknamed "The K" and formerly known as Royals Stadium, is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City Royals of the American League. Together with Arrowhead Stadium—home of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, it is part of the Truman Sports Complex. Since July 2, 1993, the venue has been known as Kauffman Stadium in honor of the Royals' founding owner, Ewing Kauffman.

Kauffman Stadium was built specifically for baseball during an era where building multisport "cookie-cutter" stadiums was commonplace. It is often held up along with Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as one of the best examples of modernist stadium design.

It is currently the only ballpark in the American League to be named after a person, Ewing Kauffman. It is also one of ten stadiums in Major League Baseball that does not have a corporate-sponsored name; the others are: Marlins Park, Turner Field, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and Nationals Park. (Kauffman, Wrigley, and Turner are named for the individuals and not the corporations they owned.) The stadium is 42 years old, making it the sixth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. Kauffman Stadium recently underwent a $250 million renovation, which began after the 2007 season and was completed in July 2009.
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Sporting Park (formerly Livestrong Sporting Park) is a soccer-specific stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, US, and is the home of Sporting Kansas City. The stadium was renamed in January 2013 after the Livestrong Foundation and Sporting Kansas City ended their agreement. The stadium is located near Kansas Speedway and it opened during the 2011 season of Major League Soccer on June 9, 2011. The stadium has a seating capacity of 18,467 seats, which can expand to 25,000 for concerts.
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Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. It was built in 2001 and it currently hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends. The Verizon IndyCar Series also raced at here until 2011. The speedway is owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation.

For the Family and the Kids

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Kansas City Zoo is a 202 acres (82 ha) zoo founded in 1909. It is located in Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States. The zoo has a Friends of the Zoo program. It is home to more than 1,300 animals and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

In 2008, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America's best zoos.[2] It was ranked number one in the nation for “African Animals and Exhibits,” with the authors, Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner, praising its 95-acre (38.4 ha) Africa exhibit as representing five nations with "one of the most extensive collections of African animals we’ve ever seen." The Zoo was also ranked among the top 10 in the nation for “Australian Animals and Exhibits” and for “Pachyderms: Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos” In addition, the authors re-quoted famed ape expert Jane Goodall’s compliment that Kansas City has “one of the finest chimpanzee exhibits in North America.” “America’s Best Zoos 2008” ranks the Kansas City Zoo as the number one zoo in the nation for viewing both chimpanzees and kangaroos.
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Kaleidoscope nourishes the creative spirit. It is a place where children are invited to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas. Provided by Hallmark Cards, Kaleidoscope is FREE.

At Kaleidoscops, children use their imaginations to make art with left-over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. It’s fun both for the kids and the parents (and grandparents)! More information about Kaleidoscope here.
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Get your science on at Science City. Located in the Union Station, Science City is a wonderful learning and exploring experience for kids of all ages.
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The name says it all! Two large amusement parks located in the north eastern part of the metro area. A local favorite!
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Outdoor water park, featuring the world’s tallest water slide. Located in Kansas City, Kansas, near The Legends shopping area

Click the map below to go to an interactive site of KC Attractions (will open in a new window)

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