Due to social distancing regulations, Kemper Museum docents are offering alternatives to group tours. 

The Museum will offer free online programs focused on the current exhibition, Elias Sime: Tightrope, as well as virtual tours of select works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Once the Museum reopens to the public, socially-distanced docents will also be stationed within the Museum during scheduled hours. Thank you for your interest in learning with us!

In addition to English, tours can also be provided in Spanish, French, German, Ukrainian, or Russian.

We are grateful for the highly motivated volunteers who serve as docents. The Kemper Museum Docent Program is made possible by generous support of the Family of Mary Beth Smith. 

For more information contact us at or 816-457-6137.

Please note: 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). Click here to learn more.

Virtual Gallery Tour: Elias Sime

Kemper Museum's Virtual Gallery Tours are informal conversations with a trained Museum docent. Enjoy the experience with your family, or meet colleagues and friends online. The Gallery Tour of “Elias Sime: Tightrope” leads groups of two to ten people through our online gallery experience, with the warm welcome and special insight of a trained docent. 

To preview the exhibition, Elias Sime: Tightrope, before your scheduled tour, click here.

This uniquely personalized online tour is held on the Zoom videoconference platform. Your confirmation email will have the web link to your Zoom meeting. For security, the password you'll need for admission to the videoconference will come in a separate email. To ensure you have a place in the tour, please arrive on time.

To schedule your tour contact us at or 816-457-6137.

Art, Observation, and Medicine

A community partnership between Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Kansas City University, Art, Observation, and Medicine is an interactive course that utilizes the power of the visual arts and the museum setting to enhance communication, critical thinking, and observational skills among medical students.

Click here to learn more.

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of Kemper Museum. The objective of the Kemper Museum school tour program is to engage students in discussion about modern and contemporary art and how it relates to students’ education and lives. With advance input from classroom and art teachers, tour content can be tailored to the groups’ needs. Thematic content, interdisciplinary curriculum connections, vocabulary words, etc., can be integrated into guided tours. Virtual experiences are available while the Museum remains closed in support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To book a group tour reservation, please fill-out our Group Tour Registration Form. For more information contact us at or 816-457-6137.

Consider sharing our "Visiting an Art Museum" presentation with your students before visiting Kemper Museum!

 Presentation for Students (pdf)

 Educator Resource Guide (pdf)

Field Trip Reimbursement Program

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art invites schools to take part in the Museum’s Field Trip Reimbursement Program. Kemper Museum provides funds to cover transportation costs for school groups to and from the Museum. Middle and high schools can request funds to reimburse costs for substitute teachers needed during field trip hours. The purpose of this program is to engage students in a discussion about contemporary art at the Museum and to make connections between art of today and their everyday lives. For more information about the program, and to request funds, please refer to the Group Tour Registration Form

Kemper Museum gratefully acknowledges financial assistance for the Field Trip Reimbursement Program, provided in part by The Sullivan Family Foundation and Jo Ann and William Sullivan.