The Kansas City Museum has had some work done. Oh, you know, they all do, at a certain age. But this is more than a facelift–this is $22 million worth of work by JE Dunn and International Architects Atelier. After years of restoration and renovation, Corinthian Hall, the centerpiece of the Kansas City Museum, will open its doors to the public on October 21 with refreshed exhibits, a new boutique, and loads of features soon on its way.
The freshened space will now feature three floors of galleries devoted to the past, present, and future of Kansas City, designed by Gallagher and Associates and fabricated by Kubik Maltbie and 4-Gen Construction. The museum will showcase its collections devoted to firefighting, the Garment District, medical technology and implements, equestrian Loula Long Coombs, and the archives, including documentary photographs and film chronicling media in Kansas City over the last 100 years.
Admission to the Kansas City Museum is free, but timed tickets are required. Once you’ve chosen your slot, visit Wisteria, the new boutique featuring jewelry, clothing, and ephemera, on your way through the museum’s more than 100,000 artifacts. In early 2022, Elixir, a soda fountain, will offer classic ice cream favorites as well as a limited menu. Cafe at 3218 will also showcase the city’s culinary talents, with ticketed events to be announced shortly.
The museum will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December. Book your tickets online at kansascitymuseum.org.