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.

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

To book a group tour reservation, please fill-out our Group Tour Registration Form. 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.

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! 

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)
Educator Resource Guide: Summer Wheat (Feb–May 2020)

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.