KCM@HGDlogo (2)In 2017 the Kansas City Museum opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a special exhibition and programming space located at 800 Broadway Blvd. on the first floor of the historic 800 Broadway Building at 8th St. and Broadway Blvd. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.

The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) offers special exhibitions that display historical items from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and also present contemporary works by local fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and artists.

The Historic Garment District Museum continues to celebrate the people who worked in Kansas City’s Garment District by showcasing the companies for which they worked, the clothing they made, and the equipment they used. The Historic Garment District Museum displays 25-35 garments, that are changed seasonally, and demonstrate the variety of materials and styles of predominantly the 1940s through the 1970s. Both the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

STREET ADDRESS
800 Broadway, Blvd. KCMO 64105. For admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) or the Historic Garment District Museum, please enter at the KCM@HGD at 800 Broadway Blvd.

HOURS
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday

ADMISSION
General Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is free. Special Exhibition Admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under as well as Museum Members at the Family Level. For information about booking group tours of six people or more, please contact Kate Warfield at katherine.warfield@kcmo.org.

PARKING
On Broadway Blvd., between 8th and 9th Streets, there is street parking as follows:

  • West side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • East side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with no parking 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • West and East sides of Broadway Blvd., free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, on Bank St. and Washington St., there is free two-hour street parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

OVERVIEW HGD
The Historic Garment District Museum was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer in Kansas City. The Garment District Collection collection highlights about a dozen companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes numerous objects such as equipment and marketing pieces. In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and manages the Kansas City Museum, began to operate and manage the Historic Garment District Museum, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection. The Garment District Collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region. The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open to the public while the Kansas City Museum is under renovations and restorations. 


UPCOMING PUBLIC PROGRAMS & EVENTS AT THE KCM@HGD

As the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, both public programs have been CANCELED.

Please watch this page, our website, and emails for any updates.

 

*CANCELED* Bess In Hats  
Thursday, March 19  
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. 
Free, space is limited

According to Bess Wallace Truman’s best childhood friend, Mary Paxton, Bess “always wore what the rest of us did; the difference was that she looked more stylish than anyone else we knew. Bess always had more stylish hats than the rest of us did, or she wore them with more style.” In this public program, presented by Harry S. Truman Library Archivist Tammy K. Williams, we will look at Bess Wallace Truman’s style throughout the years, as seen through her hats.

Free street meter parking after 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Programs Director, Paul Gutierrez at 816.513.0726 or paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org.

 

*CANCELED* From Politics to Playthings
Thursday, April 2   
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. 
Free, space is limited

The 20th century was a period of great toy-making innovation. Advances in technology, materials, and media played a role in shaping children’s toys. These cultural artifacts are infused with the values of their time from fame and fortune to politics and war. Join Laura Taylor, Curator of Interpretation for The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, in exploring the cultural and historical messages imbedded in playthings.

Free street meter parking after 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Programs Director, Paul Gutierrez at 816.513.0726 or paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org


CURRENT EXHIBITION ON VIEW AT THE KCM@HGD

POMP AND CEREMONY: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond 
On View through June 27, 2020 
800 Broadway Blvd.
$5 per person, *self guided exhibition 

The fashion of politics is about making a statement—protesting or campaigning for a leader or a cause. We can identify ourselves with a position by what we wear. There are also fashion statements in what we wear to major political events in our history—being appropriately dressed has never mattered as much as it does at political gatherings.

Pomp and Ceremony: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond looks at what we wore to those political events: the inaugurations, balls, parties, and campaign rallies. Everyone has a garment they have kept because of its relationship to a political event or belief. For many years, the Museum’s auxiliary The Women’s Division was intent on collecting the best pieces of fashion worn to “big” events, paying particular attention to ceremonial wear. Some of the items acquired by the Women’s Division have belonged to a few 20th Century First Ladies.

If there’s one political souvenir kept from presidential elections it’s the campaign button, a candidate’s or party’s best advertising piece. So, in addition to clothing worn, the exhibit also highlights a selection of political ephemera related to presidential campaigns as far back as William Henry Harrison. Buttons, badges, pins and medals are all included.

We have a shared heritage of campaigns and voting—no matter the cause or political figure it is an experience we all participate in.  What we wore, what we saved from that experience is the stuff of history.

 


PAST EVENTS AT THE KCM@HGD

B.F.F. “Best Food Favorites” of Past Presidents 
Saturday, February 22
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd.
$15 per person, space is limited,

In conjunction with Pomp and Ceremony: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond (on View through April 25, 2020), come celebrate George Washington’s 288th Birthday and sample some Presidential food favorites, from Lincoln to Obama! In addition, view Mrs. Anna Allen’s costume worn to the George Washington’s Bicentennial Ball held in the Capitol on February 22, 1932.

 

Conversation with Denise Morrison, Director of Collections & Curatorial Services 
Saturday, January 18
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd.

In conjunction with Pomp and Ceremony: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond (On View through April 25, 2020), join Denise Morrison, Director of Collections & Curatorial Services as she walks visitors through over 100 years of presidential elections and inaugurations as seen in inaugural clothing and the ephemera of elections. The exhibit also shows off three presidential first ladies clothing as well as clothing from governors and Kansas City mayors wives.

 

Fashion Forward, KC Style: From A Rich Past to Today’s Fashion Leaders
Wednesday, December 4
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd.
Free, *please note that this event is at capacity

Kansas City has played a major role in the fashion industry. Nelly Don, Inc., and its founder, Nell Donnelly Reed, were innovators in the fashion industry. Today, that legacy lives on in a dynamic and growing Kansas City entrepreneurial fashion sector.

Denise Morrison, Director of Collections and Curatorial Services at the Kansas City Museum, will be in conversation with some of Kansas City’s new innovators who are advancing our City’s legacy and building its fashion future.

This program is a partnership between the Kansas City Museum and the Computer History Museum in California.  It’s part of a series of Kansas City-based programs accompanying UpStart: Stories of Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Kansas City, a prototype traveling exhibit about entrepreneurial people and communities, hosted at the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Branch from November 12 – December 5, 2019.