Night/Shift at the Nelson-Atkins

Something’s about to shift at the Nelson-Atkins. Kansas City’s creative community is remixing the museum experience for Night/Shift — a free evening of creative encounters that spotlights local talent among the 5,000 years of artistic innovation in the museum’s collection.

Every night shifts perspectives

Headlined by DJs, visual artists, and live performers, each night features a fresh combination of pop-up projects, interactive demonstrations, artmaking, and unexpected ways of exploring the museum.

The first night is on the horizon: Thursday, May 30 | 5–9 p.m.

Inspired by the exhibitions Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy, A Layered Presence/Una presencia estratificada, and Melissa Shook: To Prove that I Exist, the inaugural Night/Shift amplifies ideas of empowerment and creative acts of defiance. Take a cue from our featured artists and the art on view to ask yourself “What if…?”  then see where it takes you.   

Night/Shift is free but registration is required. We encourage you to register in advance to avoid long lines, but you may also register upon arrival. 

Please note: Tickets are required to see the featured exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy. Reserve tickets here.

A man in a yellow suit and a woman in an colorfully patterned dress dance in a crowd at a Nelson-Atkins event similar to Night/Shift.



What to expect

  • Admission is easy. Night/Shift is free, but registration is required. For faster check-in, we recommend registering in advance — either online or at the museum’s Info Desk before May 30.
  • Bring your ID. You must present a valid ID upon arrival.
  • Order up. Craft cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and light bites will be available for purchase. (No outside alcohol is permitted.)
  • Come as you are. Whether you love an excuse to dress up or you’re feeling casual, attire is up to you. Just no full face masks or large bags. Free coat check is available in Bloch Lobby.
  • Make an entrance. Ride share drop-off and pick-up is in the circle drive around the museum’s North Plaza. (45th and Rockhill Rd.) Paid garage parking is available (enter from Oak Street).
  • Respect the art and each other. Don’t touch art or lean on walls. Support the featured artists and entertainment. Appreciate — don’t appropriate — different cultures. 
  • Share the night. If you snap pics, tag @nelsonatkins on Instagram and use #NelsonAtkinsNightShift.

Want more Night/Shift know-how? The Night/Shift Know How team, a service of the Friends of Art Council, will be stationed just past check-in. Hit us up if you’re needing tips on where to begin and what to experience!