Scroll down to see a list of programs and experiences.

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.

Select Thursdays and Saturdays
December 1, 3, 15, 17, 22, and 24

History of The Longs – Guided First Floor Mansion Tour
Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Free. Space is Limited. No Tickets Required.

The Charles & Anna Milbank Library

Join Janet McGuire, Visitor Experience Educator, for a guided tour of the first floor of Corinthian Hall, the mansion.

These meticulously restored rooms of the former R.A. Long mansion will be an enjoyable adventure sure to delight and educate. Learn how the Beaux-Arts Classicism architecture style influenced period style rooms. Delve into the unique lives of each member the Long family and their contribution to society and community.

For more information, please contact Janet McGuire, Gallery Guide, at jmcguire@kansascitymuseum.org

On view October 7 – December 31, 2022
Expressions Art Exhibition: Showcasing Artists with Disabilities
Education Room – Second Floor
Free Exhibit. No Tickets Required.

Artwork by 2022 Artists

Recognizing that “the whole person” encompasses imagination as well as physical existence, the Expressions Art Exhibition organized The Whole Person promotes artists with all types of disabilities by featuring their work in professionally organized exhibitions that connect them to the creative community.

Expressions began in 2011 to showcase the strengths and talents of people with disabilities while promoting inclusion in the regional First Friday art scene. Through exhibitions, workshops, and networking opportunities, Expressions has increased the visibility of artists with disabilities and extended The Whole Person’s vision of a fully integrated community. The goal of Expressions is two-fold: to expose the public to professional-level artwork by people with disabilities, and to educate the community about the therapeutic power of art in the lives of these individuals.

The Whole Person is a nonprofit organization that offers a broad range of services to people with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants, or other care-giving services. Their services and programs build the confidence of these individuals and improve the many skills they need to live, learn, and work in the Kansas City metro community.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Desk at 816.702.7702.

Thursday, December 1
Winter House Concert with The Reyes Brothers
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
$5 per seat 
The Sunderland Foundation Living Room – First Floor 
Space is limited. Tickets Required. 
Click here to purchase tickets

The Sunderland Foundation Living Room

Join us for an intimate acoustic house concert with The Reyes Brothers!

Tony and Andre Reyes, along with Robert Castillo, present you an evening of classic jazz. From straight ahead hits to Latin infused grooves, come relax and be soothed by the intricate yet soothing music put forth by these masters of the craft. They’ll be sure to toss in some holiday tunes to get you in the spirit of merriment.

For more details, please call the admissions desk at 816.702.7702.


December 8 – December 11
The Fairy Princess 2022, a KC tradition since 1935

Betty Milbank Waldrop Salon – First Floor
Timed tickets are required
$10 per child, no tickets required for adults
Space is Limited. Advance Tickets Required. No Walk-ins.
Click here to select your date and time

photo credit: David Remley

Please Note: The Salon, Library, and Elixir will be closed to the public for this special program.

Each ticket includes:
Visit with the Fairy Princess
One special gift
One sweet treat
One printed photo onsite
Access to website to buy additional prints and digital downloads by the photographer
10% off in Wisteria boutique, show your ticket

For more information, please contact the Admission Desk at 816.702.7702.

Saturday, December 10
Free Tasting + History of Bootleg Bourbon Balls
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Café at 3218 – Frist Floor
Space is limited. No Ticket Required. Pop In As You Wish.
*While Supply Lasts*

In this intimate free tasting with Lisa Fitch, owner of Bootleg Bourbon Balls, she will explore the history of these traditional treats, while sharing her journey and passion to develop Kansas City’s own bourbon ball.  Handcrafted in small batches, using local and regional spirits, you will enjoy samples of two different offerings – Noggy or Nice and Jacked-Up Apple, as well as an additional “Notoriously Naughty” treat!  The Bootleggers only wish they’d thought of concealing booze so deliciously. 

No tickets are required, 21+ y/o guests are welcome to pop into the Café between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for their free tasting. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to visit The Fairy Princess, a KC tradition since 1935. She will be accepting visits in the Salon on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please call the Admissions Desk as 816.702.7702.  

Sunday, December 11
Free Tasting + History of gm goods coffee  
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Café at 3218 – Frist Floor                                                                                 
Space is limited. No Ticket Required. Pop In As You Wish.
*While Supply Lasts*

While the Kansas City Museum waits to have daily food and beverages offerings, equipment is still being permitted, join us for this intimate free tasting with Brendan O’Shaughnessy, owner of gm goods which just recently launched in November 2022.

Each guest will be able to sample gm goods first coffee offering which is a small batch roasted Colombia Palmera. Flavor profile includes: chocolate, caramel and light citrus. In addition to the coffee, gm goods will also have a select array of other goods and products to browse.

gm goods was founded to share positive vibes through the tough times life can often throw our way. Founded on the principle that life starts with gm (good morning). It represents the start of the day and the ownership of a new beginning. Their challenge to you is simple: spread the gm vibes.

For more information, please call the Admissions Desk as 816.702.7702.  

Sunday, December 11
The Dickens Carolers
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
First Floor Landing – Grand Hall
Free. No tickets Required. No Sitting Available.

Dickens Carolers

This holiday season the Kansas City Museum is revisiting our past tradition of hosting the Dickens Carolers. Performing in costume, the Carolers will be singing your favorite holiday songs. Also, in the Grand Hall, the Nell Hills Holiday Tree is located the same southwest corner where the Long Family enjoyed their decorated tree years ago.

Be sure to take your family’s picture in front of our beautifully decorated tree.

Please take note, there are no seats available to view and listen to the Dickens Carolers. The live singing is to enhance your visit to the museum on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

For more information, please contact the admissions desk at 816.702.7702

Sunday, December 11
Holiday Meet & Greet + Ornament Signing with Irma Starr
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wisteria, our Boutique – First Floor
Free. No Tickets Required.

 At home in her Kansas City studio this year, Irma Starr works on a commemorative plate for Kansas City Life Insurance Company’s 125th-anniversary celebration.
Photo courtesy of KC Studio Magazine

Join us for cider and holiday cookies and meet Irma Starr!

Irma’s Starr’s artistic journey has been a trip back in time; she is a 17th century slipware artist. While viewing the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s famous Burnap Collection of ceramics, Irma fell in love with the slipware mermaid on a plate, by English slipware artist Ralph Toft, and has never looked back.

Irma Starr began her journey in 1963 as a mother of two and a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) when she was given a life-changing assignment; go to the Nelson-Atkins, just across the street from KCAI, choose a piece of ceramic art and reproduce it. The rest is history. In 2002, she was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute to create a 36-inch commemorative plate for the 30th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, where it is now hanging.

She is accomplished in all of the classic glazing techniques: combing, feathering, marbling, and slip-trailing. Starr has been commissioned by private connoisseurs, museums, companies, and the White House to create commemorative pieces.

Quick Facts About Irma Starr:

Specializes in 17th-century English Slipware Pottery

Works of art include commemorative plates, decorative ornaments, jewelry and figurines

In 2000, Hillary Clinton commissioned her to make a commemorative plate for the Clintons’ 25th wedding anniversary. She has also done ornaments for the White House Christmas tree.

In 2002, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art commissioned her to create a commemorative plate for the Renwick’s 30th anniversary.

Her work can be seen at leading museums around the nation, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art.

Her studio is based in Kansas City, MO.

Shop our exclusive Irma Starr Corinthian Hall and Fairy Princess ornaments plus enjoy the live Dickens Carolers singing on the first-floor landing from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. as you visit the museum.

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