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That’s the Idea! Patents and Inventions from the Kansas City Museum Collection
East Gallery, 2nd Floor, Corinthian Hall
June 1-September 8 | Free
Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Sunday, noon-3 p.m.
Exhibit viewing available by tours only on the hour.


Friends members receive a special exhibit preview and reception May 31 from 4-7 p.m prior to the exhibit opening to the public. RSVP to Education Curator Rebecca Schroeder at 816-483-8300 x1402.


Learn about Kansas City’s contribution to the world of technology, from hay balers and Teflon coated frying pans to one of the world’s first experiential film events. You’ll meet Samuel Coffman who had over 200 patents to his credit, some of which are widely used today, and you’ll find out how Kansas City’s famed fire chief George C. Hale was a film pioneer long before Hollywood came to be. The exhibit covers a 100 year period and includes patent models, plans, applications, and in some cases the actual finished product. That’s the Idea! Patents and Inventions from the Kansas City Museum Collection will be on display this summer at Corinthian Hall. Click here to see the exhibit online.


Group tours can be scheduled with Education Curator Rebecca Schroeder at 816-483-8300 x1402. The exhibit coincides with Maker Faire® Kansas City at Union Station June 29-30.

Scheduled events in conjunction with the Exhibit:

June 2: First Sunday Family Fun Day
June 29-20: Maker Faire®
July 17 &19: Summer Drop Ins
August 27: Community Curator Speaker Series



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