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!

August 16: “Maria, I just met a girl named Maria…” Whom will you meet at this Broadway, TV and movie musical inspired Third Thursday? Come join the theatrical festivities and find out.

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.

Bloch Side Story

Bloch Lobby

Charlotte Fletcher and Soigné

The soulful powerhouse, Charlotte Fletcher and Soigné, are back to put the diva in Broadway! Dance along to some of the genre’s biggest hits. Dreamgirls anyone?

Bloch Lobby

DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter. Experience the fun for yourself!

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

Pop-up Performance: Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Enjoy highlights from Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s WEST SIDE STORY, opening Sept. 22 at the Kauffman Center. Jonathan Ray and Ashley Wheat, both from Lyric Opera’s apprentice program, will sing selections such as “Tonight,” and “There’s A Place for Us.” Stop by the information table to register to win two free tickets to the Wednesday, September 26 performance!

Bloch Lobby

Community Spotlight: Lyric Opera

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City offers transformational opera experiences and broad service which captures the hearts and minds of our communities. Find out more and stop by the information table to register to win two free tickets to the Wednesday, September 26 performance of West Side Story!

Bloch Lobby

Drop-in Art Activity: Mask Making

Taking theatre back to its roots, become the muse! Create your own theatrical mask inspired by the museum’s Ancient Roman Muse Sarcophagus.

Sculpture Hall, Nelson-Atkins Building

Figure Drawing

Drop by for our drop-in figure drawing activity featuring our leading ladies from UMKC’s School of Conservatory and Dance. No drawing experience necessary!

Bloch Lobby

Dance Demo: Redux Society

It’s hard not to be inspired when Redux Society is on the dance floor. This great social justice dance club is back to entertain us with a special musical dance number!

The Redux Society wants to look back through American and world history and find elements from our past that have made society truly great. We want to resurrect arts, fashions, and dances from era’s long forgotten; and bring them back into the present with modern twist. We have a chance to redo these elements without the racism, sexism, and divides of past generations.

The Redux Society is a social experiment. Can we use the past to heal the present? Join us, and let’s find out.


Bloch Lobby, various galleries

Gallery Moment: The Role of the Mask

Take a trek around the world and discover different masks in our permanent collection. Grab a handout from a volunteer and follow along!

Atkins Auditorium

KC Jazz ALIVE Presents Chasing Bird: A KC Jazz Icon

FREE tickets required

This panel talk kicking off this year’s Charlie Parker Celebration will explore the myriad of jazz greats who were inspired by the musical genius and indelible impact of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker…why they, chased the bird. The panel will be moderated by David Basse – Jazz with David Basse on public radio.

Panelists include:

Dr. John Hasse – Curator Emeritus of American Music at the Smithsonian (DC)

Lisa Hittle – Saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Friends University (KS)

Tivon Pennicott – New York-based Grammy award-winning saxophonist and 2018 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist In Residence.

Bloch Plaza Level
Quay Coffee cup

Quay Coffee: Extended Hours

Quay Coffee is joining the Third Thursday experience with new extended hours and specialty drinks for this night only!

Bloch Plaza Level

Summer Game Lounge

Build words, build puzzles, build wealth and more in our classic board games lounge!

Bloch Lobby
Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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

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Monster Mash