The staff of Kemper Museum has been carefully monitoring Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to plan for the Museum's reopening. In response, we will be moving forward with details on how we can safely welcome everyone back beginning Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
In the weeks to come we will be announcing additional details explaining more about how you can plan your visit to Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne.
Even as our physical doors have remained closed, an unprecedented and growing number of people are finding tangible resources provided as virtual experiences, inspiring creativity, and impacting visitors of all ages, accessible from everywhere.
Select public programs are also taking place online, including the phenomenal new Mystery Art Challenge series, our popular TOTs on Tuesday collaboration with Kansas City Library, and Summer Camp Kemper for artists ages 6–12.
Keep an eye on our Event Calendar as new summer programs are added, and know we are so excited to welcome our visitors, staff, and volunteers back to the Museum for the midwest debut of a remarkable new exhibition, Elias Sime: Tightrope, featuring the work of contemporary Ethiopian artist Elias Sime.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Safety is our number one priority. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art values the health and well-being of our visitors, our community, our staff, and our volunteers. We are working to create a new and safe environment for a public re-opening during the current pandemic.
Therefore, at this time, Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne plan to welcome everyone back on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. However, if we are unable to do so safely, this date may be delayed. Please continue to watch the Museum website for more information.
Select public programs will take place in June virtually! Click here to learn more.
Friday, May 1, 2020: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri) is temporarily closed to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, all in-person public programs and activities through June 1, 2020, are canceled or rescheduled. Please continue to watch the Museum website for more information.
Friday, April 17, 2020: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has announced an extension of his Stay-at-Home Order previously scheduled to expire Friday, April 24. All non-essential businesses must now remain closed through Friday, May 15.
Visit City of Kansas City Missouri – COVID-19 for more information.
Monday, March 23, 2020: With the announcement of Kansas City's month-long Stay-at-Home order, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will remain closed through Friday, April 24. This date may be revised by government authorities, so please continue to watch this space for further information.
We look forward to welcoming you to back to Kemper Museum soon!
Friday, March 13, 2020: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri) is temporarily closed beginning Saturday, March 14, to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, all public programs and activities through Friday, April 3, are canceled or rescheduled. Please continue to watch the Museum website for more information.
Kemper Museum’s priority is to protect and support our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and we have been taking proactive precautionary measures to ensure public safety. While we do not have any confirmed cases connected to Kemper Museum, we must work to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, including minimizing gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible.
We look forward to welcoming our visitors, staff, and volunteers back to the Museum on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Thursday March 12, 2020: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is dedicated to being a safe and welcoming space every day for our visitors and staff. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following all public health recommendations from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and city and state authorities. We frequently clean and sanitize all public spaces and surfaces and remind everyone about the importance of handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, using hand sanitizers, and respecting personal space.
Kemper Museum is open and all programs are taking place as scheduled, unless otherwise noted on kemperart.org. To help protect everyone’s health and well-being, we ask that if you are sick with flu-like symptoms or if you have recently traveled to a place that is experiencing widespread transmission of COVID-19, please visit the Museum at a future time. For more information on the novel coronavirus and its prevention, please see the websites of these trusted sources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19
- World Health Organization – COVID-19
- Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- City of Kansas City Missouri – COVID-19
We will continue to update our messaging with news and information.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to Kemper Museum!