Due to social distancing regulations, Kemper Museum docents are offering alternatives to group tours. Once the Museum reopens to the public, socially-distanced docents will be stationed within the Museum during scheduled hours. Additionally, 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. Thank you for your interest in learning with us, and please keep your eye on this page!

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.

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. 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!

"Visiting an Art Museum" Presentation for Students (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.