Happy Anniversary! In 1939 the Kansas City Museum Association had incorporated, but they had no place to call home. In November 1939, the daughters of Robert A. Long offered them a solution: their parent’s home at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., which had been empty since 1934. They offered it to the association for free, and the City of Kansas City, MO remitted the back taxes and made the property tax free. On Sunday afternoon, May 5, 1940 the Kansas City Museum opened to the public with 4,500 visitors. What they saw during their visit was a variety of historical and scientific artifacts and natural history specimens. The Museum’s first director, John Ripley Forbes, was on hand to welcome everybody. #HappyAnniversary #KCParks | KC Parks Instagram Photos

Happy Anniversary! In 1939 the Kansas City Museum Association had incorporated, but they had no place to call home. In November 1939, the daughters of Robert A. Long offered them a solution: their parent’s home at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., which had been empty since 1934. They offered it to the association for free, and the City of Kansas City, MO remitted the back taxes and made the property tax free. On Sunday afternoon, May 5, 1940 the Kansas City Museum opened to the public with 4,500 visitors. What they saw during their visit was a variety of historical and scientific artifacts and natural history specimens. The Museum’s first director, John Ripley Forbes, was on hand to welcome everybody. #HappyAnniversary #KCParks