The Kansas City Museum will quadruple its exhibit space in the historic Garment District by leasing the first floor of the building at 800 Broadway.
The move will allow the museum to display more of its large collection of vintage clothing made in Kansas City, which at one time had a garment workers union second only to New York in size, said Denise Morrison, director of collections for the museum.
“The Kansas City Museum has one of the largest and best represented collections of clothing materials in the Midwest, including couture gowns, day dresses, uniforms, overalls, shoes, hats, buttons and everything in between,” Morrison said.
The new 3,300-square-foot space may also allow the museum to display a line of sewing machines that, like an assembly line, used to hum and whir throughout the district in its prime.
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The museum currently operates a smaller exhibit space across the street at 801 Broadway. It was acquired from Garment District veterans Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried, who founded it in 2002. It currently is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays only.
Beginning Aug. 16, both spaces will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The Kansas City Museum is now part of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, which maintains a small park and fountain at Eighth Street and Broadway.
“The expanded Historic Garment District Museum will offer a new element of cultural life to downtown Kansas City,” said Anna Marie Tutera, executive director of the Kansas City Museum.
The museum’s main home at Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., is currently closed for renovation. Work is scheduled to begin later this summer. Until it reopens, the space at 800 Broadway can be used for receptions and other museum programming.