Kansas City Museum

Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Take A Sneak Peek Of The New King Tut Exhibit At Union Station

"The Discovery of King Tut" displays a replica of Tutankhamun's golden mask. It's a representation of the king as everlasting, and not a portrait.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, or King Tut, has been a subject of fascination ever since his tomb was discovered in 1922. The young king, who died at the age of 19, and his golden treasures have inspired films, fashion, music, travel and exhibitions. The Discovery of King Tut, has toured 20 cities since 2008, and it makes its first stop in North America at Union Station on Friday.

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thomas Hart Benton's 125th Birthday At The Kansas City Museum

"The Twist" by Thomas Hart Benton, 1960
Credit James Vaughan / Flickr / Creative Commons

Thomas Hart Benton was one of Kansas City's most famous artists. This year marks the 125th anniversary of his birth, and the Kansas City Museum is throwing a birthday party by displaying some of Benton's most prominent lithographs in a special exhibit.

Guest:

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Inside The Collection Of The Kansas City Museum

A tiara, from the GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) collective initiative, worn in a drag beauty queen pageant.
Laura Spencer KCUR

In December, a city ordinance shifted management of the Kansas City Museum from Union Station Kansas City, Inc. to the  parks department, as of May 1, 2014. Corinthian Hall, the home of the museum, is under renovation – so much of the vast collection remains in storage at Union Station.

So what's in the museum's collection of more than 70,000 objects?

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Government
7:53 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Kansas City Council Approves New Management For KC Museum

Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone Blvd, is the home of the Kansas City Museum. It's been mostly closed for renovations since 2008.
Credit Creative Commons

After years of discussion, the Kansas City Council Thursday approved a new long-term agreement for the Kansas City Museum. Union Station Kansas City has managed the museum since 2000. The agreement transfers it to the city’s parks and recreation department. But the bulk of the collection remains owned by Union Station. 

"This is a very long awaited resolution to a somewhat extended and difficult partnership that we've had with Union Station," says Councilwoman Jan Marcason, who introduced the ordinance before the council. It passed with a unanimous vote.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

City Plans To Take Back Management Of Kansas City Museum

The city of Kansas City, Mo. is one step closer to taking back management of the city-owned Kansas City Museum. A contract has been in place with Union Station Kansas City since 2000. It’s taken time and effort to reach a new agreement.

Charting a new path

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Government
11:07 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Kansas City Council Weighs Split Between Museum And Union Station

The Kansas City council is looking at a proposal for the city to take control of the Kansas City Museum and its collection. The move would cut the strained ties between the museum and Union Station, which has managed the museum since 2000.

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Government
9:38 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Board Votes, Again, To Sever KC Museum Ties With Union Station

The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall in 2005.
Credit Scutter / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board on Monday approved a plan recommending the Kansas City Museum separate from Union Station. The board meeting opened with a Sunshine Law training. The last time the board voted on this issue, the city attorney’s office said it violated the state’s open meetings law.

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KC Currents
3:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra

A young Lupe Gonzalez poses with his saxophone.
Credit Courtesy / The Gonzalez family

An exhibit opens this weekend at the Kansas City Museum about Lupe Gonzalez, a local musician who became an icon in the Latino community. His name may not be recognizable, and that’s likely because Gonzalez never received national recognition.

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Government
7:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

6 Questions For Councilman Scott Wagner About The Kansas City Museum

In 2003, Scott Wagner moved to the city's historic Northeast and got interested in neighborhood issues. A year later, Wagner joined the mayor-appointed Kansas City Museum Advisory Board. "I've been involved now for nine years. I've seen quite a bit in that time," he laughs.

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Government
4:22 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Museum Advisory Board Asks City To Reinstate Director

The Kansas City Museum is housed at Corinthian Hall in the city's historic northeast. The mansion was built by lumber baron R.A. Long in 1908; it opened as a museum in 1940.
Credit Scutter / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board has formally approved the business plan calling for the city to break Kansas City Museum's ties with Union Station Kansas City.

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Government
3:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Union Station And Kansas City Museum, Parting Ways?

The Kansas City Museum’s house director Christopher Leitch was fired on Monday. Details have not been released because it’s considered a confidential HR matter. But rumors have circulated that this signals the potential closing of the museum and layoffs.

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Government
10:29 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Leadership Shake Up At Kansas City Museum

The Kansas City Museum is housed in Corinthian Hall.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Update, 11:30 a.m.: "We are unchanged in our commitment in working with the city and our management contract to deliver programming for Kansas City Museum, both at Corinthian Hall and elsewhere," said Jerry Baber, chief financial officer of Union Station. "Our operation isn't changing, associated with the Kansas City Museum. Our relationship with the city isn't changing. This is strictly just an employment issue."

Denise Morrison, director of collections and curatorial services at Union Station, will step in as the museum's interim house director.

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Central Standard
3:05 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Kansas City Museum Celebrates History Of Innovation And Invention in KC

Samuel Coffman has over 200 patents to his credit. One of his inventions: electric clippers.
Bruce Bandle Kansas City Museum

The Country Club Plaza is a staple in Kansas City, but did you know it was the first shopping mall in the country?

Barbers would still be cutting your whole head with scissors if Samuel Coffman hadn't invented electric hair clippers, and washing your dishes would be a much bigger hassle if Marion Trozzolo didn't think to combine Teflon with pans.

The history of innovation and invention conceived in Kansas City is crucial to the city's identity, and starting June 1 the Kansas City Museum will celebrate this history. 

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KC Currents
10:05 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History

Map of gay-friendly businesses in KC.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

Back in 1966, Drew Schaeffer started a small group in Kansas City called the Phoenix society. 

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Historic Gardens
2:12 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

PHOTOS: Replanting A 1910 Garden At The Kansas City Museum

Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The Kansas City Museum is in its third phase of a major restoration of Corinthian Hall, the old Northeast mansion that houses its collection. And the renovation doesn’t stop at just bricks and mortar.  A recent project aims to recreate the Georgian garden plantings that surrounded the mansion.

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Kansas City History
2:45 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Reconsidering The Legacy Of KC's Champion Cakewalker

The Portrait of Joseph "Doc" Brown was painted in 1896 by Millard C. Haywood. Poet Glenn North says he originally saw the image as troubling, but came to see the beauty in it.
Kansas City Museum

Every month, the staff of the Kansas City Museum asks a local expert in some field to talk about a piece from the museum's collection for its Community Curator program.

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Visual Arts
8:37 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Finding...Alvin Ailey

An image of Alvin Ailey near the entrance to the exhibit
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

African-American modern dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died nearly 20 years ago. But, until recently, his personal collection of photographs, costume sketches, stage notes and letters had not viewed by the public.

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