Adult Programs


Find new ways to enjoy and learn about the museum's collections. Discover how art relates to your everyday life with programs that inspire you to contemplate, participate and share. The Nelson-Atkins presents an ever-changing selection of innovative programs for the lifelong learner.

Talks & Events
Talks highlight the museum's collections and exhibitions, and explore issues relevant to 21st-century audiences. Engage with a curator. Learn from a distinguished scholar, design professional or filmmaker. Ongoing programs include the Mary Atkins Series, the annual Atha Lecture and The Curator is IN! For a full listing of upcoming talks and events, visit the calendar.

Third Thursday
Experience the museum in a whole new way with our new not-so-quiet night at the museum showcasing live local bands, hands-on activities and a variety of programs to connect you to the museum and the community. View the line-up for Third Thursday.

Films & Performances
Thematic film series expand understanding and appreciation of art and exhibitions. The Conservatory Connections series links performing and visual arts in the spaces of the galleries. The Atkins Auditorium comes alive each season with a variety of music and dance events. For a full listing of upcoming films and performances, visit the calendar. , visit the calendar.

Art Classes
Explore art processes and build skills in creative problem solving by attending a wide array of studio courses and one-time workshops. No need to worry; in our classes, "mistakes" are really just direction changes and new approaches. For a full list of offerings, visit the calendar.

Gather with friends for an art excursion! Groups of 6 or more may schedule a free docent-led tour of the museum's collections. Tours are one hour and 15 minutes and are free. To view and schedule tours, click here.

Adult Scholarships

Call for Proposals
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