Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led (guided) tours of Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions. 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. 

Tour reservations must be made two weeks in advance of the visit date. Maximum capacity is 60 people per one-hour tour. Self-guided groups are strongly encouraged to make group tour reservations in advance, as well.

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


Slow Art Day 2019

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

In connection with the global Slow Art Day celebration, Kemper Museum encourages visitors to join us on Saturday, April 6, anytime during Museum hours 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. to slow down your museum experience, focus on slow looking, and experience its transformative power.

Come with a group, explore on your own, or sign up for a special Seeing Slowly Tour, taking place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. where participants will be docent-led to engage with art quietly, slowly, and mindfully. Experience the activation of the senses and the mind by being fully present in the process of viewing art, indulging in the unique opportunity of concentrating on just one thing... art. 

RSVP for a Seeing Slowly Tour on Eventbrite:

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Select one or more works currently on view and challenge yourself to spend 5–10 minutes at each piece. Avoid the wall information. What observations can you make? Does the work of art remind you of anything? What interests you most about this work of art? How does this work of art make you feel? What new thoughts or ideas came up as you viewed this work?

Learn more about Slow Art Day here.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

Every Saturday from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

A casual opportunity for visitors to engage with artwork through informative conversations with Museum docents. Ask questions about the artwork on view and enjoy informative and lively dialogue.

No reservations required, just "drop in" and learn something new! 

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. One chaperone for every ten students is required.

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!

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.