1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Free; RSVP not required

On our historic grounds and in Corinthian Hall, discover the history and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos, and learn how it is celebrated in Kansas City. Enjoy live music by Mundo Nouvo and puppetry by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. Decorate sugar skulls, make tissue flowers, sample traditional Día de los Muertos bread from Panaderia de las Americas, and contribute to a community altar installation (which will remain on display through Saturday, November 5)! Day of the Dead face painting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. by Sister Act Face Painting.

Street parking available. Accessible parking only available in the Museum’s parking lot.

This program is presented in partnership with Mattie Rhodes Center.

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All ages welcome! Bring a picnic and enjoy the historic grounds!



9:00 a.m. to Noon
$10 per scout; RSVP required (see below)

Learn about the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and architecture with emphasis on the design planning and renovation of the Kansas City Museum. Guided by local architects from International Architects Atelier, Eric Bosch, City Architect for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and historian Michael Bushnell, tour the Kansas City Museum, review historic drawings, and enjoy a walking tour of nearby historic homes. This program fulfills badge requirements. Please bring blue cards to the program.

 **Please Note** We are at capacity for this program! For more information, please call Paul Gutierrez at (816) 513-0726 or email paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org.


10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (two sessions per day, see below for details)
Ideal for children ages 10+
Free; Space is limited. RSVP to Paul Gutierrez at paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org or (816) 513-0726.

Kansas City Museum is proud to be a host site for MagiNation, a pop-up mobile art laboratory of creative hands-on activities and experiments that engage people in a practice of imagination through site-specific materials. The pop-ups are science and art integrative, accessible and fun events held at community and cultural sites to encourage enriching experiences of play and cross-community interaction. MagiNation projects stem from the childhood experiences of lead instructor Minh Du Pha, who grew up and played in both Vietnam and Kansas City. Twisting ideas of the “resource-less” and the “resource-full,” MagiNation pop-ups transform the entrepreneurial idea of a pop-up to an inclusive sphere of inclusive cross-community activity.

Each day, there will be hands-on activities where participates make something to take home.

September 17
Session One: Kites
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Session Two: Boats
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 24
Session One: Rubber Band Airplanes
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Session Two: Cardboard Shelters
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You may bring a picnic and enjoy the historic grounds before or after your free session! 

Support for this project is provided from a 2016 Rocket Grants Project Award. The Rocket Grants program is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is implemented by a partnership between Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.




7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Buhs played at the Kansas City Museum. They are an eclectic group of singers, emcees and musicians who perform their own brand of soul, pop, and hip-hop.

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4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Harmony Project KC and the Kansas City Symphony kicked off the Kansas City Museum’s summer concert series. The audience enjoyed a spectacular afternoon of music and community. Harmony Project KC students performed a short repertoire alongside members of the Kansas City Symphony, and then the Symphony continued to perform. Harmony Project KC is an intensive music education program for children in Northeast Kansas City that promotes the healthy development of children through music.

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Photo Courtesy of Dan White, 2015.


7:00 p.m.
Free; Kansas City Museum Grounds

Team Shakespeare, in partnership with the Kansas City Museum, presented William Shakespeare’s MacBeth for a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience! The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s apprentice acting troupe, Team Shakespeare, brought to life this timeless tale of treachery, deceit, and hunger for power. Pre-show entertainment began at 6:15 p.m. The mission of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is to make Shakespeare’s works accessible to a diverse audience through professional theater and educational programs.


And…in Southmoreland Park June 14 to July 3:

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Operation: Undressed

7:30 p.m.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial

History reveals that World War I changed everything about undergarments. From corsets to camisoles, this event uncovered the change of the modern silhouette in the latest event in the Operation series: Operation: Undressed.


Exhibition Opening Reception for Fashioning Kansas City Icons: The Art & Inspiration of Heidi Herrman, Steve Gibson & Amina Marie Hood
Historic Garment District Museum
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Free to attend


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Thank you for joining us as we honored the Long’s love of horses and Loula Long Combs’ equestrian legacy! Guests enjoyed live music by The Grisly Hand band; southern food bites created by the Local Pig; southern beverage creations with local #KC distillery labels such as J. Rieger & Co., Tom’s Town, Union Horse, and Restless Spirits; dessert by Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House; on-the-spot illustrations by Pop-Up Charlie; yard games; and more. Guests watched the race and enjoyed Derby Fashion including Best-dressed and Best-hat competitions with special guest judges Katie Van Luchene and Tom Paolini, and much more! 90.9 The Bridge was our proud radio sponsor.

All proceeds benefited the Kansas City Museum Foundation!

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Many thanks to Vineyard Vines, Donna’s Dress Shop, and Amina Marie Millinery for dressing our guests

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors and in-kind sponsors!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Re:Dreaming at the Kansas City Museum

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Carriage House
Free to attend

The Kansas City Museum hosted an interactive after-hours event where citizens of Kansas City were invited to dream for themselves, their neighborhoods, and their city. Attendees mingled and milled about the first floor of the Carriage House, finding a different activity presented in each room to record their version of the American Dream and specifically, their dreams for Kansas City.

The event partnered with ReDream, a KCPT-led nationwide series about opportunities, obstacles, and the American dream.




Friday, March 18, 2016
Exhibition Opening Reception for Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery and Now & Then
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Corinthian Hall
Free to attend

For more information on Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery and Now & Then, see Exhibitions in the menu bar.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
No More Nomads – A Picnic on My Dress
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Corinthian Hall
Free to attend

It takes a home to have a picnic. In this final installment of No More Nomads – A Picnic on My Dress, Mark Southerland brought to Kansas City Museum’s Corinthian Hall a performance installation piece about home and vacancy. Cultural exchange happens in the flesh. Where and how we decide to share food, music, and art defines our sense of place and community.

Participants were encouraged to picnic on giant dresses while enjoying the hors d’oeuvres from ÇaVa. Three commanding performers, Victoria Boteo, Zhanna Saparova, and Coleen Dieker, all accompanied by Beau Bledsoe, wore grand and looming garments by Hadley Anne Johnson and Rachel Anne Gottlieb. This unique and spectacular picnic in Corinthian Hall brought the audience and performer together in a new and intimate way.

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Support for this work was provided by a Rocket Grants Project Award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Funding was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Support was also provided by a grant from the Lighton Fund and contributions from private donors.






Saturday, March 5, 2016
Exhibition Opening Reception for Cultures without Borders
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Carriage House
Free to attend

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Saturday, February 13
The Fourth Annual “ART OF LOVE” Valentine Coffee
9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Corinthian Hall
Free to attend

Scarritt Renaissance Coffee Club and the Kansas City Museum were delighted to present the Fourth Annual “ART OF LOVE” Valentine Coffee in Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum. Guest took in the warm, neighborly love as they enjoyed decadent sweets and savories (Sasha’s Bakery and Boulevard Bakery) while watching a unique sneak peek performance of the “Elixir of Love” by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Donizetti’s Elixir of Love is a Valentine of an opera about a boy, a girl, and a love potion. The setting has been re-imagined as early 20th century America in a style reminiscent of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. Come celebrate the heart and the heartland with Lyric Opera of Kansas City apprentice artists and chorus members, who perform excerpts from Elixir paired with its classic music theater cousin, “The Music Man.”

At 9:00 a.m., breakfast sweets and savories, from Sasha’s Bakery and Boulevard Bakery, were served with gourmet coffee from Eleos Coffee. The Lyric Opera performance started at 10:00 a.m., and lasted approximately 50 minutes.



Friday, February 12, 2016
Exhibition Opening Reception for the Pan American Association of Kansas City’s Student Art Competition
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Carriage House
Free to attend

Light refreshments and food were provided by Hamburgesa Loca food truck. Live music was provided by Pablo Sanhueza & The Subtropicals, a Afrolatin American music band.



Saturday, February 6, 2016
Old House Expo
9:30 a.m. in the Carriage House and Corinthian Hall
Ticketed Event

The Kansas City Museum was proud to sponsor the 2016 Old House Expo presented by the Historic Kansas City Foundation and the Young Preservationists, KC. Participants enjoyed a day packed with information, assistance, and networking–all about historic houses! Participants joined a lively conversation with vendors who helped inspire residents to invest in rehabilitating and renovating historic homes.

The Exhibition Hall and Education Sessions were located in the Carriage House and Corinthian Hall with booths comprised of vendors, contractors, banks, architects, and other professional and nonprofit services. Historic Kansas City Foundation volunteers also manned a booth to assist with researching the history of your house! Participants got onsite help finding tax assessor photos, searched online resources, and got other research tips.

Historic Kansas City Foundation was also pleased to welcome Bernice Radle as the keynote speaker and happy hour host. She is the owner of Buffalove Development and co-host of the DIY TV show American Rehab: Buffalo.


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October 9, 2015

Thank you so much for joining us on October 9th as we honored the Kansas City Museum’s 75th anniversary as a public museum and celebrated its future.

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We are grateful to The Dave Stephens Band and for the generosity of the following sponsors.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Friends of Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall
Molle Auto Group

Brush Creek Partners
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J.E. Dunn Construction
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

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