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!

November 21: The Valley of the Queens refers to a site in Ancient Egypt where the pharaohs buried their wives. Tonight we celebrate all our queens in honor of our featured exhibition, Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt.

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.

Valley of the Queens

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Funk Syndicate

From Bruno Mars to Adele to Steve Wonder and Aretha Franklin, Funk Syndicate has been bringing Funk, R&B, Soul and Disco to the Midwest for the past twelve years. They make the party wherever they go and you won’t want to miss this one!

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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!

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Pop-Up Performance: Egyptian Dances

KC Raqs World Dance Institute will present several Egyptian dance pieces during their first pop-up performance set. You’ll get your chance to learn some moves yourself during their second set in an audience interactive portion!

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Artist Demonstration: Joseph T. Newton

Engage with local artist Joseph Newton as he demonstrates his signature style influenced by Egyptian art. A skilled oil painter, Joseph’s fascination with ancient Egypt goes beyond formal concerns. For him, “Pharaohs ascended to the throne through their mother’s side of the family. Females were very powerful in Egyptian culture. There was balance.” Joseph likes adding geometric graphics into his paintings as a way of giving them greater depth and 3D qualities. One of Newton’s strategies is to maximize detail portions of Egyptian artifacts that others might miss, such as the interior of a gold-and-electrum-plated lobed cup from approximately 1000 BCE, or feathers and pieces of jewelry dated from around 1325 BCE. Stop by as he experiments with his ink-tints process.

Photo by Jim Barcus.

Noguchi Court

Kemetic Yoga with Auburn Aesthetic

Join us for a special free Kemetic Yoga session with certified yoga teacher, visual artist, and art instructor Dr. Auburn Ellis, E-RYT. Kemetic Yoga is the ancient Egyptian system of yoga enlightenment based upon the practices of physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation. The modern version of this ancient system was developed from primary research conducted by Dr. Asar Hapi and Master Yirser Ra Hotep (Elvrid Lawrence) of Chicago during the 1970s.

No prior yoga experience needed. Beginner friendly, all-levels flow. Limited yoga mats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring your own if you can, and you can store them at our coat check for free while you enjoy the rest of Third Thursday before and after yoga!

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery P3

Gallery Performance: Traditional Music

World music multi-instrumentalist Chris Stephens specializes in the family of instruments known as “lutes,” the ancestors of the guitar. His main focus is to share these historic art forms with new audiences and to engage those who are familiar with them by honoring the old traditional styles and compositions. He’ll be playing an instrument called an oud, made in Cairo by the luthier Mahmoud Dagher, in a traditional Egyptian improvisational performance style called taqsim. Wander through the gallery or feel free to take a seat and let the music wash over you.

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Community Spotlight: Barrier Babes

For the month of November, we will be partnering up with local businesses to do a Period Product drive called FLOW-vember!

What we need:
Individually wrapped panty liners
Menstrual Cups

Where will it go?
All period products donated will be distributed to local schools in Kansas City

Barrier Babes believes in transparency, especially when it comes to sexual health education. Barrier Babes strives to educate on topics of sexuality, health, and menstruation through educational programming and to provide important resources such as tampons and pads in local schools, and condoms in businesses like local bars and hangout spots.

Our hope is that by providing crucial sex education and protection, we can tackle rising STI rates, as well as the stigma around sex and menstruation.

Our mission is to change the sexual health landscape of Kansas City for the better.

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Young people at an event

Photo Op

A custom photo op so new that we don’t even have a picture for it! Pose with your friends and mark your time with our Ancient Egypt-inspired photo op!

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Ask Me Anything (AMA): Ancient Egypt Edition

Still obsessed with Beyoncé’s Coachella performance with all its Ancient Egypt references? Know someone who cites the Ancient Aliens guy with the bad tan? Chat with local Egyptologist, Dr. Lisa Saladino Haney, about modern views and pop culture around ancient Egypt and why the suggestion that aliens built the pyramids is actually a racist and colonialist concept.

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Drop-in Art Activity: Your Name in Gold

Create your own embossed, signature cartouche on fancy foil using hieroglyphics! Add on to your Ancient Egyptian-inspired style by decorating your own paper collar with amulets.

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Radio Station Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday winner will win an awesome prize pack from 90.9 The Bridge.

Visit the art table in Bloch Lobby for a chance to win!

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Temporary Tattoos

While we may not have any of these metallic Napoleonic bee temporary tattoos left, we’ll have metallic Egyptian cartouche temporary tattoos to decorate your skin!

Featured Exhibition Galleries

Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt

She was known as The One for Whom the Sun Shines. Discover the celebrated Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Experience the magnificence of royal palaces and tombs, including Nefertari’s burial chamber, considered one of the greatest artistic achievements in the Valley of the Queens. Explore the daily life of the village where tomb builders and artisans lived, worked and worshipped more than 3,000 years ago.

Drawn from the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition will bring together works that present the richness of life in ancient Egypt, focusing on the role of women—goddesses, queens, and commoners.

$18/person. Member discounts apply.

Nelson-Atkins Building, P1-P4
Inner Coffin of Meret-it-es

Free Exhibition: Egyptian and Near Eastern Galleries

Wander through our permanent collection galleries featuring artworks from ancient Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and more. From coffins to marble statues, gain a snapshot of the Ancient World.

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Beverages and Small Plates

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

Pajama Jam