The Kansas City Museum was built as a private residence forRobert Long and finished completion in 1910 at an estimated cost of $1 million. Named Corinthian Hall, it was designed by local architect Mr. Henry F. Hoit in a beaux arts style.Upon Mr. Long's death in 1934, his daughters Sally and Loula took it upon themselves to remove the decorative artifacts and belongings from the mansion for installation in their own properties.
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In the fall of 1934, they held a 2-day auction to sell off the remaining furniture and contents, after which the mansion stood empty until they donated it to the Kansas City Museum Association in 1939.
During the 1950s and 1960s, it housed a display of taxidermy, featured a planetarium, and played host to a soda fountain that served up ice cream. It was at this time that the museum saw its heyday.
In the 1970s, the museum was seen as too small to house all of the historical artifacts, and so the museum was split into two locations. The main attractions of Corinthian Hall were the residence building and the carriage house.
Tours of Kansas City Museum
Learn about Kansas City's bold and vibrant history as you are led around the building and its grounds by a knowledgeable guide. Discover the stories behind some of the historical artifacts and learn about the city’s cultural heritage.
If you don't feel like being part of a guided tour, you also have the option of performing a self-guided tour with the use of a museum map and guide. This will allow you to take as much time as you like to explore all that the building has to offer.
August the 11th, 2017, sees two fantastic events taking place at the Kansas City Museum. The first is the Kansas City Summer Concert, which runs from 7:00pm to9:00 pm and is free for all to attend.
The second is the Prelude to the Solar Eclipse, which runs from 6:30pm to9:00pm and will feature sky tours, Q&As, meteor viewing, and plenty of up-to-date information regarding this spectacular astronomical event.
Following the prelude, additional observation can be performed at the Warkoczewski Observatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City until 11:00pm.
Hours of Operation and Entry Fees
The Kansas City Museum is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and admission is free.
Entry into the Museum
Tours of the first floors of Corinthian Hall and the carriage house are free and start at 10:30am and 2:00 pm.
Exhibition tours are also free, self-guided, and run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Room Hire per Hour
Carriage House - meeting room: $50 per hour
Corinthian Hall - grand hall and select first floor rooms: $200 per hour (2-hour minimum)
Kansas City Museum Grounds: $100 per hour (2-hour minimum)
Photography Permit: $125 per hour
3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64123, Phone: 816-513-0720
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