Kansas City Museum
Hours: Kansas City Museum
Housed in the historic 1910 Beaux-Arts style mansion and private estate of lumber baron and civic leader Robert Alexander Long and his family, the Kansas City Museum became a public museum in 1940. The three-acre Museum site sits atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley, adjacent to historic Kessler Park and Cliff Drive, a state scenic by-way. Corinthian Hall, the mansion, at the Kansas City Museum is closed and scheduled to reopen to the public in late summer 2021 as the new museum of Kansas City History and Cultural Heritage. The Kansas City Museum is operated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation. The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets Kansas City's local and regional history. The Collection contains more than 100,000 objects in subgroups including an archive of film, photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera; the Dyer Native American collection of cultural and historical objects; a large clothing, accessories, and textiles collection; a small fine arts collection of paintings by artists of local subjects; a transportation collection including rail cars and carriages; a collection of firefighting objects from the Kansas City Fire Historical Society; decorative arts including a selection of original furnishings from Corinthian Hall; and much more.