Scroll down to see a list of programs and experiences by date.

The Kansas City Museum creates programs and experiences that complement and deepen the content in exhibits and installations throughout Corinthian Hall. Programs and experiences include:

  • concerts and performances
  • films
  • lectures, workshops, and special gallery talks with curators and historians
  • book readings and signings
  • culinary experiences like cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, and chef dinners
  • celebrations and traditions like Día de los Muertos, The Fairy Princess, and The Derby Party
  • virtual programs
  • private tours
  • school field trips

Some programs and experiences are free and others are ticketed. All proceeds directly support a robust and inclusive offering of public and education programs.

Programs in 2022 are sponsored in part by the generous support of Evergy and Mark One Electric through the museum’s Corporate Unity Partners corporate giving initiative.

Playing Now – June 30
Womontown
Showing at 10:15 a.m., Thursdays- Saturdays
Showing at 12:15 p.m., Sundays
Film- 27 minutes 
Free
JE Dunn Construction Theater- Third Floor
Space is limited. No Tickets Required.

Kansas City PBS presents Womontown, a new documentary from producer Sandy Woodson about a group of women in 1990s Kansas City who defied gender norms, transforming 12 city blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood into a revolutionary community by and for women.

In 1990s Kansas City, Drea Nedelsky and her girlfriend, Mary Ann Hopper, imagined a neighborhood where women could walk hand-in-hand down the street without the judgments and fear. After purchasing a home in the Longfellow Neighborhood they launched a nationalized, grassroots recruiting campaign, reaching out to queer women, selling them on the dream of Womontown, spelled in such a way to entirely remove the mention of “man”. Within five years, 75 women purchased 28 homes and 14 apartment buildings in a 7×7 block area in midtown with their life savings or loans from family members, renovating the properties and creating a home.

Once settled, the women mobilized, electing residents to the neighborhood association to work from the inside to create a secure and supportive environment. They utilized programs available through the city to offset the cost of renovations. Rather than selling and ultimately gentrifying the neighborhood, they put down roots and hoped for something larger.

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Saturday, June 25
The Strawberry Swing Summer Solstice
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All Outdoors – East Lawn
Free Entry. No Tickets Required.

Join Kansas City’s premier pop-up maker market, The Strawberry Swing, as we celebrate the Summer Solstice on the east lawn of the Kansas City Museum!

Food Trucks, Live Music, Local Artists & Makers, and all the museum has to offer! Check out the museum before or after.

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Sunday, June 26
Curator Conversation: “Meditation”, statue by Ferdinando Vichi
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Free. Space is limited. RSVP Recommended
Click here to RSVP

Join Lisa Shockley, Curator of Collections at the Kansas City Museum for a conversation centered around artist Ferdinando Vichi, and “Meditation,” one of the statues originally purchased by Robert A. Long for Corinthian Hall. Sold at auction by the Long family in 1934, the statue was donated to the Kansas City Museum in 2019.

Curator Conversation is a free program offered at the Kansas City Museum on the last Sunday afternoon of the month. It is an informal conversation led by curator Lisa Shockley, beginning with historical background information offered about a particular artifact, followed by an invitation for attendees to ask questions or contribute their own personal insights or reflections.

For more information, please contact Curator of Collections, Lisa Shockley at lshockley@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7704.

“Meditation”, statue by Ferdinando Vichi

Sunday, June 26
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin plus discussion with Justice Horn
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Film – 83 minutes + Discussion after
JE Dunn Construction Theater- Third Floor
Free. Space is limited. RSVP Recommended
Click here to RSVP

A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, BROTHER OUTSIDER presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustin’s activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice, and human rights.

Community leader, advocate, and social justice activist, Justice Horn, will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the film. Justice Horn is a community leader, policy advocate, and social justice activist. Horn made history as the University of Missouri – Kansas Cityʼs first Black queer student body president. Before his time at UMKC, he broke barriers as the NCAAʼs first Black openly queer college wrestler. In 2020, after the brutal slaying of George Floyd, Horn led the Black Lives Matter protests here in Kansas City. Horn has committed himself to the community as an activist with his work in climate justice, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. Still in public service, he serves on half a dozen community, county, and national boards and commissions related to the communities he fights for.

For more information, please contact Glenn North, Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at gnorth@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7709.

Justice Horn

Thursday, June 30
Flight Night with J. Rieger & Co
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 
$50 per person, 21 y/o+
Café at 3218 – First Floor
Space is Limited. Tickets Required.
Click here to purchase tickets

Since 1887, J. Rieger & Co has always been known for their production and distribution of whiskey and in 2022 that focus, and momentum is no different. Join co-founder, Ryan Maybee, and National Beverage Director, Andrew Olsen, as they guide you through Rieger’s incredible story, along with a tasting experience you will soon not forget.

Included in your ticket price is a reception cocktail, and 1 oz of each featured whiskey: Kansas City Whiskey, Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon, Bottled in Bond Straight Rye, and the limited-edition Monogram whiskey.

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Saturday, July 16
A Day with Kellen Whaley
Session One: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Session Two: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
$40 per seat
Café at 3218 – First Floor
Space is very limited. Ticketed Required.
Click here to purchase tickets

Spend an afternoon with Kellen Whaley of Whaley Sweet learning how to decorate summer-themed cookies!

We’re well into summer, and if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, there’s no better way than visiting the Kansas City Museum and decorating some cookies! Spend an afternoon with Kellen Whaley of Whaley Sweet as he teaches you how to decorate your very own box of summer-themed cookies. Everything you’ll need for decorating, plus a few other goodies, will be provided!

Kellen Whaley has been baking for over a decade and is 100% self-taught. He created Whaley Sweet in 2013 and has been providing sweet treats to friends and family, as well as the greater Kansas City metro, ever since. In 2018 he was a winner on Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge and returned in 2019 to become winner of Cookie Wars. He was last seen on Food Network in 2021 on a Returning Champions episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge. All the while, he has expanded his reach in KC, doing pop-ups and teaching instructional classes.

You can stay connected with him on social media via Facebook (Whaley Sweet) and Instagram (@whaley_sweet).

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Saturday, July 23
Summer House Concert with Baric Brothers

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
$10 per seat
Sunderland Foundation Living Room – First Floor
Space is limited. Tickets Required.
Click here to purchase tickets

Jim Baric first started training in accordion at the age of five. At the age of 10, Jim joined the St. John’s Tamburitzans and began studying tamburica under the legendary Don Lipovac, who inspired Jim to continue studying the accordion even as he played string bass in the Sumner Academy Symphony Orchestra. He then auditioned for and was granted entrance into the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, where he also earned his degree in Music Education. Jim is the bandleader of Kolograd and one-half of the Baric Brothers and the tambura orchestra Hrvatski Obicaj. He recorded his first album in 20019.

Joe Baric also began accordion lessons at the age of five. He joined the St. John’s Tamburitzans as well. Joe attended the University of Kansas, where he studied philosophy and the Croatian language. He has played in numerous bands and groups over the years, performing in multiple genres, including punk, rock, country and Slavic music. He also performs in the bands Kolograd and the Baric Brothers with his brother as well as Hrvatski Obicaj.

For more information, please contact Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming Paul Gutiérrez at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Jim & Joe Baric

Sunday, July 24
Curator Conversation: Woman’s dress, designed by Jessica McClintock for Gunne Sax, 1970-1973
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Free. Space is limited. RSVP Recommended
RSVP link coming soon

Join Lisa Shockley, Curator of Collections at the Kansas City Museum for a conversation centered around Jessica McClintock and Gunne Sax, one of the most iconic dresses of the 1970s. Gunne Sax was the original “prairie” dress, and by the late 1970s, every female clothing line had at least one version of the dress. Inspired by sewing with her grandmother, McClintock created an iconic clothing brand that she continued to work with until her death at age 90.

Curator Conversation is a free program offered at the Kansas City Museum on the last Sunday afternoon of the month. It is an informal conversation led by curator Lisa Shockley, beginning with historical background information offered about a particular artifact, followed by an invitation for attendees to ask questions or contribute their own personal insights or reflections.

For more information, please contact Curator of Collections, Lisa Shockley at lshockley@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7704.

Saturday, July 30
Beer Tasting with Vine Street Brewing Co.
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. 
$20 per person, 21 y/o+
Café at 3218 – First Floor
Space is Limited. Tickets Required.
Click here to purchase tickets

Join Vine Street Brewing Company for an intimate beer tasting experience.

Meet the founders, try two fresh releases and learn about their mission to be Kansas City and Missouri’s first black-owned brewery. Must be 21+ to enjoy this experience. Tickets are very limited so purchase yours today!

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.


Select Sundays June – September

Yoga on the East Lawn with True Love Yoga
July 10, August 14, and September 11
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  
$10 per session or FREE for TLY Members
Click here to book your session/s

Since 2016, True Love Yoga has offered yoga sessions for all. Join us and True Love Yoga for a beautiful morning of yoga at the historic grounds of the Kansas City Museum! TLY founder Lauren Leduc will lead you in a grounding all-levels flow.

Lauren will graciously be donating 50% of proceeds to the museum’s renovation. Bring a mat and water, bathrooms located inside the museum.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Select Fridays June – September
Summer Concerts on the Lawn
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. *Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
$5 per adult
Free for children 12 y/o and under (must have adult present)
Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. No glass please!
Dog and cat friendly
Advance Tickets Required. Lawn Space is Limited to Ensure a Pleasant Experience.
*No Tickets Sold at the Door*
*No Cash at the Door*

Friday, July 15
The Black Creatures

Neo-soul, R&B, Afrofuture, Discotheque, and Revolutionary Music.
Click here to purchase tickets

If you’re attending our next summer concert with The Black Creatures on Friday, July 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., plan to stop by Wisteria’s Alfresco shop set up right next to the band space. It will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll have a sampling of our best sellers along with our new Kansas City Museum t-shirts, printed by Oddities Prints! Receive a complimentary Boulevard Quirk hard soda with any purchase. Must be 21+.

Wisteria is a boutique located on the first floor of Corinthian Hall. Wisteria offers a selection of jewelry, clothing, accessories, home décor, books, games, and more including small batch collections of items created by local and regional artists and designers who have been inspired by our city’s history and cultural heritage. The Kansas City Museum is proud to offer free general admission to all.

By shopping at Wisteria, your purchase directly supports our education and public programs.

For more details, contact Paula Wheeler pwheeler@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.8336

Jade Green and Xavier

Friday, August 12
Rex Hobart & The Honky Tonk Standards
60’s classic country and like-sounding originals.
Click here to purchase tickets

Rex Hobart

Friday, September 9
Mariachi Estrella KC
Classic and contemporary mariachi music for all ages.
Click here to purchase tickets

From right to left (Bottom to top of staircase):
Fredy Hernandez, Jesse Perez, Luis Portillo, Rafael Ornelas. Claudia Banda, Stephanie Franco