Kansas City Museum reopens with World War II exhibit
Public can get in for the first time in 5 years
11:07 PM, Mar 7, 2013
8:23 AM, Mar 8, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most of the walls and floors wait to be redone. But that's not stopping the Kansas City Museum from reopening its doors at Corinthian Hall.
The iconic building in KC's Old Northeast closed for renovations in 2008, and the work is far from finished. But there is enough done to allow visitors back in. Beginning Friday, those visitors can see an exhibit called Ours to Fight For: Kansas City During World War II.
"We introduced this exhibit series the second we were able to get back in the building -- once the new air conditioning had been installed and the windows and doors had been put back in place," said museum director Christopher Leitch.
Leitch said the new HVAC system will save on utility bills and create a much better climate for preserving artifacts.
Some of the artifacts in the World War II exhibit include vouchers for rationed food, a church's tribute to its soldiers in the war and posters urging Americans to conserve goods and keep their spirits up.
Dr. Hal Wert will deliver a lecture at the museum April 23 on the topic of World War II and Kansas City.
In June, the Kansas City Museum will present an exhibit on local inventors in conjunction with Union Station's Maker's Fair.