Econo Lodge Airport
11300 N.W. Prairieview Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone: (816) 464-5082
Fax: (816) 464-2816
Arts & Museums
Take a trip back in flight-time with a visit to this museum that celebrates aviation history. It is located inside a hanger at the old Downtown Airport and visitors can see airplanes, photos, audio/video productions, artifacts, logbooks, uniforms and other items that illustrate the grace of propeller-driven travel. Individuals who lived and worked among the aircraft during their glory days sometimes lead informative and entertaining tours. Groups of ten or more must call ahead to reserve one. Check website for details on events and other information.
Located along Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum recounts the story of the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in 1886 when a walnut tree created a hole in the hull. When it sank, there were only parts and pieces that could be salvaged, however these remnants and artifacts are now displayed here. The museum claims to have the largest amount of pre-Civil War artifacts in the entire world and judging by the collection, we can assume its true. It is a great museum for all ages and with captivate adults as well as children alike.
This museum is devoted to the history of Kansas City and its environs. The museum is housed in the stately Beaux-Arts mansion that once belonged to the lumber tycoon R.A. Long. The estate was given to the city in 1938 and converted into a museum shortly thereafter. Inside, visit the 50-room wing known as the Corinthian Hall or the StoryTarium, which is an interactive area that presents the history of the city as well as the people who created it. In addition to Kansas City history, the museum also focuses on community events that run the gamut, from Latino heritage exhibits to LGBT programs.
This interactive museum is great for children and adults. Geared toward the agriculture and livestock industries, this museum provides exhibits and displays that keep guests entertained for an hour or more. The museum, which opened in 1992, centers around the American Royal, a Kansas City fall tradition that celebrates agribusiness and the cowboy experience. It also features a general store, Big Barnyard and a history section on the Royal and stockyards.
This art gallery-cum-community center is located in the eclectic Crossroads District of KC and is one of the premier galleries of abstract work in the city. Some of the rotating exhibits include sculptures, found art, performance art and other media too varied to compile here. The Belger Cartage Service building itself is a living monument, it is over 100 years old and in fact, this company still does business out of the offices on the 3rd floor. Check website for exhibition details and admission is free.
This institution is one of 13 different archival centers that house Federal documents in-perpetuity for the United States. Here, visitors can come for free and peruse the exhibits, learn about how documents are archived, you can even come and find long-lost relatives in their genealogy record archive. However, this particular center holds the documents from the following states only: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. So if you live in any one of these states and are so inclined, take some time to learn a little about your particular state from the federal perspective.
Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th & Vine District. Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement. This museum adjoins the American Jazz Museum, so be sure to allow enough time to visit both. Check website to find out more details on events and presentations.
This interactive museum provides educational entertainment for the entire family. Located in Union Station, the newly created Science City provides interactive displays where visitors learn about astronaut and sports training, weather, history and other scientific phenomena. Divided into five sections, each with a different theme, the museum provides hands-on interactivity for children of all ages, proving that learning about science can be fun, as well as educational. The new City Nights Theater and the overnight 'camp-ins' only add to the experience.
This impressive museum pays tribute to the music and performers within the inimitable American art form we call jazz. The history of this music is told through interactive exhibits where you can listen to performances, watch videos and learn more about the greatest jazz musicians on earth, from those perennial favorites Dizzy and Miles to those lesser known cats like Horace Peterson and Tony Williams. Visitors will also learn about the history of African-American artists in local Kansas City lore and their many contributions to the community. The museum, which adjoins the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, rents its stage for special events and group tours are available. Call ahead or check the website for more details.
Located inside the Liberty Memorial, this museum offers a grim remembrance of World War I, its beginning as well as its aftermath. After the memorial complex opened in 1926, it fell into some decay during the subsequent decades. Then in 2006, Kansas City dedicated this 80,000-sq. ft. underground facility which includes the Edward Jones Research Center. Some of the exhibits display field equipment, artillery, helmets, propaganda posters and a Renault French Tank. One of the most poignant parts of the museum is a walk over the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge. Here, visitors tread somberly over a field of 9,000 red poppy flowers; each one represents 1,000 dead soldiers. The museum presents an earnest and candid look at the scope and realities of war, as well as its consequences.
A visit to the Black Archives makes the perfect addition to a day of discovery in the downtown area. This one-of-a-kind attraction, located just one block west of the 18th and Vine District, boasts one of the largest collections of African-American art, memorabilia and historical materials in the region. You will also explore the histories and lifestyles of many of the most respected African-American leaders in the area.
There is a world of excitement and imagination that awaits everyone at this Crown Center family attraction. Here, children can create one-of-a-kind artwork, design their own unique puzzle, construct a skyscraper and more using scrap material provided by Hallmark Cards. Kaleidoscope also offers one-hour sessions that allow visitors to become acquainted about the process of making these popular cards. Most of the exhibits are specifically designed for children ages 5-12 and during the school year it is normally packed with elementary students.