Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City

Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City

The Central Library building was built in 1897. Since 2004 it has been the main branch of the Kansas City Public Library System, and it is where all of the system's administrative activities occur.

The building began life as the First National Bank Building. It's a masterpiece of craftsmanship with marble columns and bronze doors. A major renovation project was necessary to get the building back in shape, and a fifth-floor needed to be added. The library system made it happen thanks to the public-private partnership headed by the Downtown Council.

The Central Library's Missouri Valley room has one of the largest collections of local history in the region, including published materials, newspapers, maps, and other documents from the city's earliest years. There are meeting rooms, screening rooms, and a coffee shop. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sight Name: Kansas City Public Library
Sight Location: Kansas City, USA (See walking tours in Kansas City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Kansas City, Missouri

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kansas City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

The Kansas City Crossroads Art District has become one of the trendiest art communities in the Midwest. The former industrial and warehouse area now is where many progressive art spots have established themselves. Have a look at some of the grandest and edgiest art in the Crossroads!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Historical Buildings Tour

Historical Buildings Tour

Kansas City is the biggest city in Missouri. It covers 318 square miles (820 km2) of land. The city was founded in 1838, and being several times a battle field during the Civil War left its stamp on the city's architectural styles. Kansas city is also famous for its contribution to cuisine and music styles, such as blues and jazz. The city is rich in historic monuments and edifices, such as...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Kansas City Introduction Walking Tour

Kansas City Introduction Walking Tour

Kansas City, Missouri, started in the 1830s as a port city at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. The first European explorers to map the area were the French, who named the river “Cansez,” which eventually morphed into Kansas.

Louis and Clark passed through in 1804, noting that the area was an excellent place to build a fort. The actual settlement didn’t come until later,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles