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Water: H2O = Life is a visually stunning exhibition that invites the whole family to explore the beauty and wonder of water and illuminates one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: the sustainable management and use of this life-giving, but finite, resource.

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THE Museum at Prairiefire - OPENS MAY 2014

No longer just an idea, the Museum at Prairiefire is a reality. It will collaborate with the very best in this pioneering initiative: the American Museum of Natural History in New York, one of the most celebrated museums in the world. Through the American Museum of Natural History exhibitions, unprecedented and interactive eduational resources will be available to our region. These educational resources, developed and tested by the American Museum of Natural Historyís staff of over 100 educators, are designed to increase interest in the very important topics of science, technology, engineering and math.

Merging curiosity, education, and experience... it's happening.

Imagine the heart of Prairiefire, where a museum unlike any other in the Midwest beats, where human cultures, the natural world, and the universe come alive. The Museum at Prairiefire, where visitors understand and celebrate the world around them - past and present - through exciting, state-of-the-art community engagement and education.

General admission

Museum at Prairiefire Opens May 12, 2014!

General entry to the Museum at Prairiefire grants access to exhibits throughout the Great Hall, the Prairiefire Café, the Wetlands Interpretive Trail
and the Museum Store


Admission to the American Museum of Natural History Exhibition Hall supports the Museum's community and educational endeavors.

discovery room admission

Permanent Museum Opens 2014

Admission to the children’s Discovery Room supports the Museum's community and educational endeavors. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

become a member

Memberships Support Our Mission

Become a Member

Members Always Receive Free Admission to the AMNH Exhibitions and Discovery Room! Members also receive discounted admission for additional tickets to AMNH Exhibitions, special events, lectures and more.

Museum Shop

The Museum at Prairiefire Store offers unique collections of jewelry, exclusive stationary, postcards, and posters, a distinctive assortment of books, home decor and gifts including educational toys for children.

The goal of the Museum Store is to inform, educate and extend our visitors' appreciation of their Museum experience with quality products, excellent customer service and creative programs. Your purchases help support the Museum's  collections, research and educational programs.


Interesting people. Delightful places. Great things to do.

  • Explore the Wetlands Interpretive Trail.
  • Enjoy dinner and a movie.
  • Play bocce with friends and family.
  • Shop and dine in the museum district.
Prairiefire offers unique amenities that include live music, custom play elements, a pet-friendly shopping environment, commissioned art elements, fountains, Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce Bistro, Cinetopia Movie Theater and outdoor fireplaces. The convenience of 12 restaurants and eateries, residences and a fashion district make Prairiefire the ultimate shop, play, and stay destination!


AGeneral Admission (Great Hall) entry into the Museum is free. We encourage you to visit the Water: H2O = Life Exhibition and the Discovery Room! You can visit both with an All Access Day Pass which includes the Discovery Room and the current American Museum of Natural History Exhibition (when it is on display). At the end of each Exhibition run the Exhibition Gallery will close for installation for approximately six weeks. During this time, the rest of the Museum will still be open to the public. Enjoy the Great Hall, Discovery Room, The Fresh Market Café & Museum Store.



A cast of the Tyrannosaurus rex, discovered by Kansas native Barnum Brown, stands watch in the Museum’s stunning Great Hall as visitors bring an extinct creature alive through augmented reality. Look high above to see pterosaurs, enjoy rotating exhibits in the Alcove and the Sprint Gallery. Purchase unusual gifts in the Museum store. Partake in a cup of coffee and snack in the café or on the terrace overlooking the wetlands.


$12 Adults (13+), $8 Children (age 3-12)

WATER: H2O = LIFE: This visually stunning exhibition, organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, invites the whole family to explore the beauty and wonder of water. Through many interactive elements, explore where water occurs on Earth, how it’s used by us, and how we can become better stewards of our water planet. Water: H2O = Life will be on display from May 12 - July 13, 2014.



$7 (ages 3 and over)

The Discovery Room engages children 3-12 years old and their accompanying caregivers, in the disciplines of the natural sciences. Visitors can assemble a Prestosuchus, a life-sized cast of a Triassic reptile, and dig up fossils in a re-creation of a paleontology field site among many other activities and resources. This will be the place for Kansas City’s curious young scientists. Children must be accompanied by adults and adults must be accompanied by children.

The Discovery Room is first-come, first-served. Sessions start at 15 minutes past each hour and last 45 minutes. The first session is at 10:15am (M-Sa) & 12:15 (Sun), last session of the day is at 4:15pm. The Discovery Room closes each hour, on the hour, for a 15-minute cleanup.



$19 Adults (13+), $15 Children (age 3-12)

*Available only when an AMNH Exhibition is on display.

Discounts given to groups of 20+, please call the ticket office for details.


The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.


t has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education and exhibitions. The New York location encompasses Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.

Facts about AMNH


ong celebrated for the depth of its collections and the wide scope of its halls, the Museum has continuously been at the forefront of scientific discovery and interpretive programming. The Museum is dedicated both to acquiring scientific knowledge and to sharing that information with the broadest audience possible. By combining research and educational efforts, the Museum seeks to expand public understanding of the cosmos and the diversity of life on Earth.


Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities and activities, from interpreters inside the exhibition to greeters of our guests.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to support the Museum at Prairiefire.

The Museum is a unique venue where volunteers inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. From greeting guests to creating memorable hands-on experiences, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute, making them one of the Museum at Prairiefire’s richest resources!

As a volunteer you are an integral part of the Museum – whether it's interacting with guests or working with our exhibition team.

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Your Generosity Ignites Our Mission

By making a donation, becoming a member or volunteering, you are helping the Museum to advance its mission in the community and around the region. Your support for the Museum powers youth and adult education programs, conservation of artifacts and specimens, outreach, and world-class permanent and temporary exhibitions.


Become a Member

Membership provides great benefits and privileges - free admission, no waiting in lines and special access to behind-the-scenes tours - to name a few. Most importantly, Members' fees support our community outreach and education programs.

“The Museum is like family now.”

~ Founding Member

Unlimited, free access to the Great Hall, Discovery Room & Exhibition for 2 people (the two members do not need to reside in the same household). Also included:
  • 10% discount at Museum store
  • 15% discount at Museum café
  • 10% discount on additional tickets
  • Invitation to member-only events
  • Discounts on selected Museum educational programs
  • Invitations to special exhibition previews
  • One membership card
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Expires May 30, 2015

Benefits for up to two adults sharing the same household and 4 children under age 18.
  • 10% discount at Museum store
  • 15% discount at Museum café
  • 10% discount on additional tickets
  • Invitation to member-only events
  • Discounts on selected Museum educational programs
  • Invitations to special exhibition previews
  • Two membership cards
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Expires May 30, 2015


The Museum at Prairiefire is always looking for inspiring, passionate and hard-working individuals to join our team. Interested in applying? Please see available positions below:

Education Visit Coordinator


Please send a cover letter, resume and references to We look forward to your application!

To all those seeking employment with the Museum at Prairiefire: Thank you for your interest. We are excited that you would like to join our team! Available positions will be posted on this website; if a position piques your interest, we invite you to submit an application. While we accept general applications that are not for a particular position, we are primarily focused on filling positions we have identified and posted. All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We sincerely apologize that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to return phone calls or answer emails asking about the status of a specific application.

We currently do not have an internship program, however, we may post internship positions at a later date. If you are interested in an internship, please feel free to submit a resume and cover letter to with a subject line "Internship" and we will keep your materials on file just in case.

Thank you very much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!