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The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For…

Restored and renovated Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum (courtesy of Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks)


Reopening Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum

On behalf of the Kansas City Museum Foundation and the Kansas City Museum staff, we are delighted and honored to announce that after many years of restoration and renovation, we plan to reopen Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

The new Kansas City Museum will serve our community as the home of the whole story, where visitors experience a multiplicity of perspectives about Kansas City’s vibrant history and cultural heritage.

Located in the Historic Northeast area atop the Missouri River Valley and adjacent to Kessler Park and Cliff Drive, the Kansas City Museum is a beacon on the bluff for our city — illuminating the unfolding, often untold stories of the city and guiding us to a deeper understanding of how to collaborate and achieve civic unity.

Hours and Admission

Due to COVID-19, the Kansas City Museum will be open as follows through December 2021: private tours, rentals, and school field trips offered in limited capacity and with advance reservations Monday – Wednesday, and free general admission with timed tickets Thursday – Sunday. Visit kansascitymuseum.org for more information.

Public Programs & Events

The first public program will be the eighth annual Día de los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. To purchase tickets to Día de los Muertos and other programs and special events, visit kansascitymuseum.org.

Image of an artwork from Renée Cinderhouse’s art time capsules sealed within the walls of Corinthian Hall from 2018 to 2021 (courtesy of Renée Cinderhouse)

Funders

At this time, we want to thank the following lead funders and stakeholders to date for their generous support of the Kansas City Museum:

Missouri Development Finance Board
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Sunderland Foundation
R. A. Long Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Edward F. Swinney Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Ann & Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation
Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
and the R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust
The Waldrop Family
Milbank Manufacturing
Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust
William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee
The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation
Central Bank of Kansas City
and the Dr. Dominic F. Tutera Family
Tom and Jean McDonnell Fund
The Privitera Family and Mark One Electric
Kirk Family Foundation
JE Dunn Construction Company
Ann and Kenneth G. Baum
Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation

We look forward to celebrating and acknowledging all contributions for the rebirth of the Kansas City Museum when we reopen Corinthian Hall.

Images of Dr. Roland Sabates, Teresa Chien, Toi Wilson and Christina Cua Her Vang from the Our City, Our Stories interactive story sharing exhibit on the third floor of Corinthian Hall created in partnership with the nonprofit 7 Billion Ones. (courtesy of Randy Bacon)

Features

Visitors to Corinthian Hall will enjoy the following exhibits and experiences:

  • Three floors of exhibition galleries featuring stories about Kansas City’s past, present and future
  • Wisteria – our retail boutique
  • Elixir – our Soda Fountain
  • Café at 3218 – for culinary programs and chef-inspired events
  • The JE Dunn Theater – for films and documentaries
  • A Billiard Room – to play pool and board games
  • Commissioned site-specific art works by Renée Cinderhouse, Mona Cliff, Marv Graff, Clarissa Knighten, Zac Laman, Linda Lighton and Stephen Proski

The food and beverage program at the museum will expand its capacity over time as we monitor the impact of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff.

What’s Next for the Kansas City Museum?

The restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall is Stage I of a multi-staged, multi-year project to complete the restoration and renovation of the entire property. We will begin more architectural design and planning in 2021 for the next stages and look forward to sharing the details. To learn more about the renovation project, visit kansascitymuseum.org.

–Dr. Mary Davidson and Anna Marie Tutera

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