The Kansas City Museum had an HVAC water pump malfunction that caused some water damage in Corinthian Hall. This incident has prompted the Museum to close through March 31, 2023, to thoroughly investigate the issue and take the time necessary to reinforce all mechanical systems for upcoming enhanced operations like food and beverage and exhibit interactives and media. To read the media alert, click here.
The Kansas City Museum is a self-guided experience. Approximately 400 artifacts plus numerous images from the museum’s archives, exhibits, media, and site-specific art installations by Kansas City-based artists are on display.
The First Floor of Corinthian Hall has historically preserved, restored, and renovated rooms including:
- The Betty Milbank Waldrop Salon
- The Charles & Anna Milbank Library
- The Ann & Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation Dining Room
- The Sunderland Foundation Living Room
- The Privitera Family and Mark One Electric Breakfast Room
These rooms have exhibits and historical objects that explore the history, legacy, and impact of the Long family and the architectural history of Corinthian Hall.
The First Floor has the following amenities:
- Café at 3218, The Jack F. and Glenna Y. Wylie Charitable Trust Café
- Wisteria – A retail boutique
The food and beverage daily offerings for Café at 3218 will start in early 2023.
The following works of contemporary art are on the First Floor: Luminous by Linda Lighton, an installation including 18-lines of “Blind Boone’s Vision” from Olio by Tyehimba Jess and a digital print entitled Nest of Limbs by Jason Piggie, Cotton Wood by David Remley, and Seasons of the Sycamore Series by Dr. Charles Porter.
The Second Floor of Corinthian Hall has main five exhibition galleries with historical objects that provide a history of Kansas City. The galleries feature the often untold or under-told stories of the City and its people. Four main galleries provide a chrono-thematic timeline of the City’s history. The fifth gallery showcases limited-run exhibits that take a deeper dive into the museum’s collection groups.
Exhibition Galleries on the Second Floor
Below are the names of each gallery space and an overview of each gallery’s content.
- Culture Confluences: Rivers to 1870s, The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Gallery
- An Evolving City Landscape: 1880s to 1920s, The William T. Kemper Gallery
- Flourishing Populations and Industries: 1910s to 1940s, The Joseph Charles Cirese Sr. and Central Bank of Kansas City Gallery on behalf of the Dr. Dominic F. Tutera Family
- The Kansas City Spirit: 1940s to 1980s, The Edward F. Swinney Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Gallery
- The Greater Kansas City Museum Collections: St. Joseph Hospital’s Donald Piper Medical Museum Collection, The Jean and Tom McDonnell Gallery
The Second Floor has a meeting and education room that is used for meetings, programs, special events, and temporary exhibits that connect to current topics and projects in Kansas City.
The following works of contemporary art are on the Second Floor: Cordon d’Or by Marv Graff, Healing at the Roots by Clarissa Knighten, Homes/Hogares by Kiki Serna, Ha · Hou by Mona Cliff, The Ties that Bind Us and Living Memory by Renée Cinderhouse. Portraits of Us by Zac Laman.
The Third Floor of Corinthian Hall explores Kansas City’s past, present, and future including three exhibition galleries with historical objects and limited-run exhibits, and a 42-seat theater for films, programs, and events.
Exhibition Galleries on the Third Floor
- A Cultural & Community Restoration: 1970s to Present Day, The Edward F. Swinney Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Gallery
- Our City, Our Stories – An exhibit featuring the personal stories of 21 Kansas Citians from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Curating a Museum – An exhibit featuring a history of El Torreon and Cowtown Ballroom
- JE Dunn Construction Theater – A space for films and programs
The following works of contemporary art are on the Third Floor: The Battle of Kansas City by Stephen Proski, Storage Room 308 and Living Memory by Renée Cinderhouse, and Portraits of Us by Zac Laman.
Downstairs at Corinthian Hall:
The Lower Level of Corinthian Hall features:
- Elixir, The Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust Soda Fountain
- Billiard Room
- Interpretive displays
The food and beverage daily offerings at Elixir will start in 2023.
Photographs by David Remley