The Kansas City Museum is a history museum. It is the City’s leading institution on local and regional history with the collection, capacity, mission, and vision to share the robust multicultural stories of Kansas City and its people.
The Kansas City Museum believes that recognizing and understanding the whole story of our City’s history is healing. Therefore, the Kansas City Museum aims to be the “Home of the Whole Story” where perspectives and experiences from individuals and communities that are often underrepresented and overlooked are acknowledged, honored, and elevated to tell more complete and accurate stories of the City’s complex history.
The Kansas City Museum preserves, interprets, and celebrates Kansas City through collections, exhibitions, and bold programs that reflect the City’s evolution and spirit, and engage visitors in unfolding stories about Kansas City’s vibrant history, cultural heritage, and pride.
The Kansas City Museum is a hub of learning, creativity, and collaboration where individuals and communities innovate and inspire engagement and civic unity.
From Mansion to Museum
The Kansas City Museum property was the former estate of lumber baron R.A. Long and his family. The property was completed in 1910 and became a public museum in 1940.