Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STL-KC Museums; A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STL-KC Museums; A TALE OF TWO CITIES

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ST. LOUIS

The Gateway Arch, the city's signature attraction, is hard to miss. Architect Eero Saarinen's tribute to Thomas Jefferson greets you as drive west on Interstate 70 into St. Louis. At 630 feet tall, it's the highest point downtown.

While you are there, visit the free Museum of Westward Expansion at the base of the Arch. You can find information about that and more area museums in our Summer Fun section.

Jody Mitori, Post-Dispatch

KANSAS CITY

No location this side of the Atlantic better covers the Great War than the National World War I Museum, and what better time to explore it than the year of the conflict's centennial. Films, weapons and moving maps are mixed with mockups of a battle field and a trench. (Mud and stench not included.) This museum also offers a grand view of Kansas City from the top of the 217-foot Liberty Tower. (Extra, Extra! Just down the hill is Union Station, which has a visiting King Tut exhibit complete with mockup of the tomb.) Tickets are $8 kids; $12-$14 adults; theworldwar.org.

Negro Leagues Baseball and Jazz Museums: Before Jackie Robinson changed the majors and the nation's pastime, Negro league players provided a rich history. Jim Crow laws kept them separate, and in unequal circumstances across the country, but it couldn't keep them off their own fields where their skills thrilled their fans. James Earl Jones narrates a film that shouldn't be missed. Admission is $6 (kids) to $10; nlbm.com.

Adjoining is the Jazz Museum, which the New York Times called an "interactive paradise. …

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