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The Kansas City Museum has opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a new special exhibition and programming space located at 800 Broadway Blvd. on the first floor of the historic 800 Broadway Building at 8th St. and Broadway Blvd. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.

The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) offers special exhibitions that display historical items from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and also present contemporary works by local fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and artists.

The Historic Garment District Museum continues to celebrate the people who worked in Kansas City’s Garment District by showcasing the companies for which they worked, the clothing they made, and the equipment they used. The Historic Garment District Museum displays 25-35 garments, that are changed seasonally, and demonstrate the variety of materials and styles of predominantly the 1940s through the 1970s. Both the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

800 Broadway, Blvd. KCMO 64105 For admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) or the Historic Garment District Museum, please enter at the KCM@HGD at 800 Broadway Blvd.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday

General Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is free. Special Exhibition Admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under as well as Museum Members at the Family Level. For information about booking group tours of six people or more, please contact Kate Warfield at katherine.warfield@kcmo.org.

On Broadway Blvd., between 8th and 9th Streets, there is street parking as follows:

  • West side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • East side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with no parking 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • West and East sides of Broadway Blvd., free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, on Bank St. and Washington St., there is free two-hour street parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

The Historic Garment District Museum was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer in Kansas City. The Garment District Collection collection highlights about a dozen companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes numerous objects such as equipment and marketing pieces. In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and manages the Kansas City Museum, began to operate and manage the Historic Garment District Museum, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection. The Garment District Collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region. The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open to the public while the Kansas City Museum at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. is under construction.


Drag Queen Storytime, for Kids!
Saturday, August 18, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
$10 per adult/Free for children ages 1-15

The Kansas City Museum is very excited to join The Pearl to present Drag Queen Storytime, an event designed to encourage early literacy and challenge gender stereotypes featuring Ron Megee!

At Drag Queen Storytime (DQS), drag queens perform and read stories to kids in a theatrical setting! We will have craft time, a dance party, and every child will go home with a book donated by Turn the Page KC!

Broaden your kid’s horizons (and your own) by bringing them to an event at which they can get to know people who defy rigid gender restrictions with glamour, humor, and confidence.

This event is recommended for the whole family, and particularly for those with children from birth to fifth grade. DQS is facilitated by The Pearl, in cooperation with educator and activist Wick Thomas, and will feature a rotating cast of professional drag queens from the Kansas City Area. Feel free to dress up in your most fantastic princess, prince, Prince, animal, or any other costume that makes you feel fantastic!

Admission is $10/adult and FREE for children ages 1-15! *Space is limited, click HERE for tickets.

Our intention is to capture the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and to give children positive, and unabashedly queer role models while encouraging literacy and exploration of the theatrical arts.





My Tee & Me: Statement & Identity in Kansas City
On View April 21 through September 1, 2018
Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD)
800 Broadway Blvd., KCMO 64105
Special Exhibition Fee: $5

We all have a favorite t-shirt. It’s comfortable, it goes good with anything, and it makes a statement—of how we’re feeling, what we like, where we stand. It says something about who we are. T-shirts are an important part of most everyone’s wardrobe today. But no one just throws on a tee—some thought goes into the wearing of one. Where are we going? What are we doing? Who are we seeing? What do we want to say about ourselves today? My Tee & Me is an exhibition about who we are, as individuals and as a community, through the t-shirts we have worn and are wearing in our home towns.

The Kansas City Museum has been collecting clothing and textiles since 1940, not only for who wore or made them, but also for what stories they tell about our city’s history. And there’s no greater piece of clothing in the last fifty years than the humble t-shirt to communicate interesting stories about our city, and to convey a shared identity and pride in what we love and believe. My Tee & Me will feature t-shirts from the Kansas City Museum’s collection supplemented by photographs and memorabilia documenting cultural trends, sports and entertainment, political themes, and activism in our community.

The Museum is delighted to work with local historian David W. Jackson, who serves as co-curator with the Museum’s Director of Collections Denise Morrison and will bring his perspective to the city’s history through this exhibition. David is an author of several books on local topics. In addition, the Museum will partner with the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) at UMKC. One major highlight of the exhibition is 20 years of AIDS Walk KC t-shirts and historical materials to celebrate AIDS Walk KC’s 30th Anniversary.




My Tee & Me Exhibit Meets Epsten ARTicipation
Wednesday, July 25
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

‘My Tee & Me’ Exhibit Meets ‘Epsten ARTicipation’ with a POP-IN T-SHIRT- MAKING ADVENTURE for All-Age Teens and Families! Join artist and art therapist Sherri Jacobs in creative exploration of self-identity and community by making a one-of-a kind T-Shirt that demonstrates who you are, what you value, and what’s happening. The Kansas City Museum and The Epsten Gallery collaborated to present this program.

RSVP Required, space is limited!
Questions/RSVP to Heather Lustfeldt Curator, Epsten Gallery director@epstengallery.org or 913-266-8414
Sherri Jacobs, MS, LMFT, MA, ATR, is founder/owner of Heartland Art Therapy, located in the InterUrban ArtHouse in downtown Overland Park, KS. Learn more at heartlandarttherapy.com


July Free Summer Concert
Erica McKenzie
Friday, July 13
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Garment District Place Park

Loop Artist. Human Jukebox. Singer-Songwriter.
Erica McKenzie Music is a riveting music-making machine from the Midwest with an alluring voice of golden liquid velvet. Her sole purpose in life is to burgeon love and light by kindling the fire in your soul that awakens your whole body to erupt in goosey hullabaloo. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, or blankets!

Concert is Free and takes place at the Garment District Place Park at W. 8th St. & Washington right next to The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) at 800 Broadway Blvd.

For more information, please contact Paul Gutierrez at 816-513-0726 or paul.gutierrerz@kcmo.org.

90.1FM KKFI is the Proud Radio Sponsor of the Kansas City Museum’s summer concert series.



Exhibit Design Presentation and Open House
6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD)
800 Broadway Blvd., KCMO 64105
  • Formal Presentation: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Open House with Design Team Members: 7:15-8:00 p.m.

The Museum project team shared with the community about the newest in the Exhibit Design & Development process. The team provided key highlights, including the core interpretative and thematic core stories that Museum guests will experience in its exhibits & programs. Attendees were also welcomed by our JE Dunn colleagues too, who were at the Exhibit Design Presentation event on June 27 – and who came prepared with their signature “Donuts with Dunn” goodies, as well as answers to any questions attendees had on construction.

For questions and more information, please contact Kansas City Museum Communications Director Steff Hedenkamp at steff@redquill.com or (816) 506-4630. Read the News Release here.