Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

February 21: Today is International Mother Language Day as declared by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Where better than an encyclopedic art museum to celebrate languages and cultures across the world?

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Talk of the Town

Bloch Lobby

Band: Pink Royal

Despite Pink Royal’s wide-range of influences, one thing remains consistent—an unshakable groove. Carrying an infectious energy, Pink Royal continues to explore its organic and all-encompassing creativity and lives to spread its gospel of fun, love, and positivity.

Bloch Lobby
DJs at Third Thursday

DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter, and he’s bringing some friends!

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery between 205 and 206

Poetry Showcase

Join us to experience three of Kansas City’s dynamic poets as they perform throughout the evening.

6:45 p.m. – Natasha Ria El-Scari
7:15 p.m. – Chico Sierra
7:45 p.m. – Aisha Sharif

Meet in Nelson-Atkins Building, Sculpture Hall
People in American gallery

ASL Art Walk

Learn a few signs in American Sign Language using the works in our collection as a guide.

Tours are limited to the first 20 people. First come, first served.

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery 220

Gallery Concert: Experiences Collected, featuring the Partch Curators

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory is bringing a collection of instruments created by influential American composer Harry Partch (1901-74) to Kansas City, February 13–22, 2019.

The Nelson-Atkins is proud to present a concert as part of this residency honoring Partch, who was musically self-educated and influenced by a wide variety of world cultures. These instruments are widely recognized for their structural as well as musical beauty. For more information on Harry Partch, the residency, and other performances of music and dance related to the residency, please visit the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s website.


Artist Demonstrations: Lettering

Ever wonder about the work put into those perfectly shaped, flowing words or calligraphy on cards, murals, art prints, and more? Observe how some local artists create their works and feel free to chat with them on their lettering and typography techniques!

Bloch Lobby

Drop-In Art Activity: Monogrammed Coasters

Take home a coaster with your or a loved one’s initial on it! Stencils are available for you to make your mark and add your own touch to personalize your coaster.

Guides available in Bloch Lobby. Tour various galleries.
People looking at African art

Gallery Moment: Languages and Writings

Make your way through our galleries exploring different writing styles and languages in our artworks!

Galleries L13-L15

Exhibition: Napoleon: Power and Splendor

Visit our featured exhibition! $18 ticket, member discounts applicable.

Bloch Lobby

96.5 The Buzz Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 96.5 The Buzz that could include concert tickets, music downloads and swag.

To enter, fill out a Third Thursday MadLib card at the art activity table. Add your name and number and we’ll text the winner at 8:30 pm (better respond quick before we move on to the next person!). Must be present to win.

Bloch Lobby
Happy Hour

Beverages and Small Plates

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!


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