Old Photos: School Visit to the Nelson Gallery

Sometimes random bits of information come together nicely. Here is a quote from a local blog…

I attended Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools way back before Kansas City became a hollow shell of a city and before the school district lost its will to live. From the fourth grade on, we were regularly treated to visits to the Nelson, The (then) Kansas City Philharmonic and other cultural treasures of the area.
In the sixties, Corinthian Hall was the herding place for throngs of children, delivered by groaning yellow buses from all corners of the district. We sat, cross-legged on the floor, ready to buddy up and explore, two-by-two, the wonders of the world contained inside the limestone and marble wonder.

… and here are some photos to go with it.

School children visiting William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art.

School children visiting William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art. © Time Inc. Ed Clark

School children leaving the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (1954)

School children leaving the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (1954)© Time Inc. Ed Clark

  • amy

    i’m not sure the kids of today have the attention span required for a museum visit – the shift to all interactive and media based mentality must be challenging for curators. oh my – how stinkin cute are those little kids watching the marionette show on the linked pics? 🙂

  • Our classes went to both the Nelson and the Philharmonic in the 50s…. I loved particularly looking up at the giant buildings… both the Nelson and the Music Hall…. they were much bigger back then.

  • It has also come to my attention that I inadvertently relocated Corinthian Hall from the Kansas City Museum to the Nelson-Atkins. make that Kirkwood Hall.