Making A Museum KC (#MakingAMuseumKC) is the fundraising initiative and capital project to restore and renovate the entire 3.5 acre property that comprises the Kansas City Museum into a leading 21st-century city museum of history and cultural heritage. 

Making A Museum KC is a multi-year, multi-staged project with each stage of construction opening to the public upon completion.

  • Stage I was the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall (the mansion). Corinthian Hall reopened to the public on October 21, 2021.
  • Additional Stages will include the restoration and renovation of the Carriage House and Paddock Area, Conservatory & Pergola, Lodge (originally the Horse Trainer’s Home), Tool Shed, and Perimeter Fence and Gates.

Currently, architectural design and fundraising are underway for the Carriage House, Conservatory, and the James Turrell Skyspace.

For more information about #MakingAMuseumKC, please contact Anna Marie Tutera at

Stage I Corinthian Hall Restoration & Renovation

Public funding for Stage I Corinthian Hall was provided by the Museum Mill Levy and GO KC Bonds (approved by voters on April 4, 2017).

In addition, the Kansas City Museum Foundation raised private funds to create the history- and humanities-based exhibits for Corinthian Hall. Currently, the Foundation is raising private funds to create the digital exhibit interactives for the Corinthian Hall.

The Honorary Chairs of #MakingAMuseumKC for Corinthian Hall included:  Mr. Bill Dunn, Sr., Mr. Edward T. Matheny, Jr., and Mr. Henry Bloch in memoriam. 

These gentlemen were friends and colleagues in Kansas City for more than 40 years. WWII veterans, they have been dedicated to arts, history, culture, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurship in Kansas City.

The Honorary Members of #MakingAMuseumKC for Corinthian Hall were Mrs. Anita Gorman, Mr. Ollie Gates, and Mr. Carl J. DiCapo.

Portrait of influential Kansas Citians, Carl DiCapo (left to right) Anita Gorman and Mr. Ollie Gates. Photo by Jim Barcus

From 1986 to 1991, Mrs. Gorman, Mr. Gates, and Mr. DiCapo served together as Parks Commissioners. Collectively, they were responsible for the revitalization of Starlight Theatre, the Kansas City Zoo, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Pictured from left to right inside the Kansas City Museum on May 10th, 2017, Henry Bloch, Edward Matheny Jr. and Bill Dunn Sr. Photo by JIM BARCUS