The StoryTarium is a fantastic feature at the Kansas City Museum, where visitors can learn about Kansas City’s rich local and regional history. The StoryTarium features films, lectures and other history-related programming in an intimate auditorium that seats 40 people. It is housed in the Museum’s former planetarium. The regular programming schedule in the revamped space features a variety of original programs that first aired on KCPT, Channel 19.
Wednesday-Sunday | 12 & 2 p.m. | Free
February Featured Film: Uniquely Kansas City Part I: The Art of the City
Take a journey into Kansas City’s architectural past, where visionaries and entrepreneurs built their way up from steep bluffs along the river to create a lasting legacy of parks and boulevards, fountains, sculpture and monuments of national renown.
With glimpses into the work of designers and architects like Louis S. Curtiss, George Kessler and Nelle Peters, and innovations like the Country Club Plaza, this program reveals much of the beauty that is “Uniquely Kansas City.”
March Featured Film: Uniquely Kansas City Part II: A Great Town Rises
From its earliest days, Kansas City has been a haven for music, theatre and the visual arts. This installment of Uniquely Kansas City looks back on such long-gone venues as the Gillis and Coates Opera Houses, and the Western Gallery of Art; at painters like George Caleb Bingham and John Douglas Patrick; and the city’s contributions to the musical style known as ragtime.
April Featured Film:Uniquely Kansas City Part III: The Golden Age
As the 20th century began, Kansas City blossomed with artistic activity in its theatres and concert halls. And soon its music, in the form of jazz, would wake up the world. Meanwhile, the birth of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Philharmonic and the emergence of the Kansas City Art Institute, marked the 1930s and 1940s as a truly golden age in our arts.