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In 2017 the Kansas City Museum opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a 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.


The Fairy Princess
Fridays – December 7 & 14 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays – December 8,9,15,16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
$10 per child, includes small gift and sweet treat

*Space is Limited. Purchasing Tickets in Advance is Required.*

To past generations of Kansas City children, the holidays meant a visit with the fabulous Fairy Princess at Kline’s Department Store at 1113 Main Street. There, in Kline’s wondrous Toyland, yesterday’s youngsters told their fondest holiday hopes to the Fairy Princess. But the beautiful Fairy Princess did much more than listen. Being magical, she waved her wand to make a surprise gift appear for each child. This gift was a delightful prelude to the holidays when children received toys on their wish list.

The Fairy Princess tradition began in 1935 when Kline’s first opened its Toyland. The brand new toy department incorporated the latest trends in child development. As Kline’s officials informed the “modern mothers and father” of 1935, “we consulted child psychologist and child experts” because “we wanted toys that would help your child develop a more alert mind, a healthier body, and a happier disposition.” And, as an additional incentive to lure modern parents to Kline’s, they presented the Fairy Princess. A child could visit Santa at any department store, but only Kline’s featured the unique Fairy Princess.

In the following decades, the white-gowned, love Fairy Princess continued to fascinate children as some aspects of the presentation changed. Yet, it mattered little whether the surprise package slid down a chute, revolved on a turntable, appeared behind doors in a fairyland tree, or laid in a festively decorated truck, because they Fairy Princess’s magic remained the same. Amazingly, so did the 25 cent fee Kline’s charged for a visit with the Fairy Princess from the 1930s through the 1960s.
The 1960s brought more and more children to this popular holiday attraction. Kline’s new branch stores in the Ward Parkway and Antioch Shopping Centers increased the number of children this retailer could delight. To reach even more children, Kline’s kept making the holidays special with the Fairy Princess until the late 1960s, shorty before the business closed in 1970.

In 1987, the Kansas City Museum revived the Fairy Princess tradition and brought it to Corinthian Hall. Today, thirty-one years after reviving the tradition, and while Corinthian Hall is under construction, the Kansas City Museum is please to present The Fairy Princess at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District at 800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105.



Dressing Up in Kansas City: Dressed to the Nines
On View September 29, 2018 through March 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday- Saturday
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105

Special Exhibition Fee: $5 per person

“To the nines” is an English phrase meaning “to perfection” or to dress “buoyantly and high class.” From Charles Worth to Charles James, the Kansas City Museum has been collecting the high fashion of Kansas Citians as well as everything in between. Among its hundreds of gowns, the Museum has examples of homemade gowns, custom-made gowns by local dressmakers, and couture gowns—all worn for balls, receptions, inaugurations, and even gowns that made the wearer feel like a fairy princess.

Co-curated by the Museum’s Collections Specialist Kate Warfield and Kansas City’s own De De DeVille, a vintage fashion collector who has donated many of her gowns to the Museum’s GLAMA collection, Dressing Up in Kansas City: Dressed to the Nines will show off garments that define eras, sometimes making comparisons between them.

Dressed to the Nines is the second in a series of exhibitions that the Museum has created focusing on the fashion worn by generations of Kansas Citians. The first exhibition, Dressing Up in Kansas City: Rites of Passage highlighted clothing worn from birth to death and every major life milestone in between.


Savoy Memories 
On View September 29, 2018 through March 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday- Saturday
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105

Special Exhibition Fee: $5 per person

Hotel Savoy, 9th and Central streets, originally opened in 1888. In 1903 the hotel was remodeled, and the west wing was added featuring the Savoy Grill dining room. Now, after two years and $50 million in renovations, it’s reopened as the 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City, a contemporary art museum, boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant.

Memorabilia will be on display from both the historic hotel and restaurant, donated by 21c Museum Hotels.














Comparison of Historic Floods in Kansas City
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
Suggested donation of $5 per person

Join us in remembering and comparing the great floods of Kansas City! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993 that is considered the largest flood in Midwest history. However, Kansas City survived it relatively well because of the levee improvements made after the 1951 flood.

Dr. Gene T. Chávez will explore the devastation that the 1951 flood brought to the communities of Argentine and Armourdale in Kansas City, Kansas. Kenneth L. Kieser, author of Missouri’s Great Flood of “93” will illustrate the impact of the 1993 flood on Missouri communities. A panel made up of survivors of both floods will share their tragic stories of loss and their triumphs in re-building their lives after the floods.

This program is part of History by Design. Over the next year, the Kansas City Museum is creating the permanent and changing exhibitions for Corinthian Hall (to re-open in 2020). During this exciting time, the Museum will present History by Design, a new program series that examines a different topic or theme each month about Kansas City’s history, and provides a glimpse into the exhibition design process. Programs will be presented by historians, scholars, curators, authors, and archeologists with time reserved for Museum staff to provide updates on how the Museum is developing content, selecting artifacts, and producing media and interactive technologies. For the exhibit design process, the Museum will be soliciting the public’s support in finding specific artifacts that fit into the new exhibitions, but are not currently represented in the collections. For more information on donating artifacts, please contact Denise Morrison at denise.morrison@kcmo.org.

History by Design programs take place at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District and are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. RSVP is required. All proceeds go to developing education and public programs for the Museum.


Conversations: An afternoon with DeDe Deville & Kate Warfield
Saturday, November 17
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105

In conjunction with Dressing Up in Kansas City: Dressed to the Nines (on view through March, 2, 2019), local fashion historians DeDe Deville and Kate Warfield will guide you through the exhibition, explaining why garments were selected for display and the hidden stories behind each one. A brief question and answer session will follow, and ample time will be allowed to view the exhibition.


Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Information Session 
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Free, RSVP is required. *space is limited

We are delighted to partner with SCAD and host this event at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District! Attend this SCAD information session and discover more than 100 innovative programs of study, meet one-on-one with an admission representative and start your journey at the university for creative careers.

Learn about SCAD’s innovative academic programs, art and design career options, and admission requirements. Guests can also can participate in a Q-and-A session with admission representatives.


Book Discussion: Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America by Bonnie Siegler
Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Free, RSVP is required. *space is limited

We are thrilled to partner with the Kansas City Public Library for their FYI BOOK GROUP in conjunction with My Tee & Me: Statement & Identity in Kansas City Exhibition, on view through September 8. Join us for a discussion of Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America by Bonnie Siegler.


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!


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.