These Kansas city penguins decided to go on a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to get a little culture.
While the entire world is reeling under the effects of coronavirus and itching to go out and resume normal life again, these Kansas City penguins had quite a memorable field day. According to a report by NPR, three penguins waddled through halls of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and they quite seemed to enjoy the art installations by impressionist and Baroque masters.
We’ve had some dapper guests visit the museum before but these little tuxedoed visitors are our favorites. The @KansasCityZoo treated the penguins to a little culture before the Zoo re-opens. Watch an extended video on our website https://t.co/WUpsHRDNEg. pic.twitter.com/Bdo9tUTVWT— Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (@nelson_atkins) May 14, 2020
This outing was arranged by the combined efforts of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Zoo. Both the places are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Three lucky penguins from the Kansas City Zoo got a chance to tour the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, taking in the exhibits while the space was closed due to the #coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/HkF9CrQpb9— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 14, 2020
A video of the adorable event was uploaded by Kansas City Zoo along with a caption that read, "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little stir-crazy, even the residents of the Kansas City Zoo. So several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins, which is still closed, to get a little culture." Randy Wisthoff, the executive director of the zoo, was heard in the video saying that the penguins were even missing the regular interactions with humans, especially those who visited the zoo regularly. Check out the video below.
Wisthoff said, "We're always looking for ways to enrich their lives and stimulate their days and during this shutdown period, our animals really miss visitors coming up to see them." The zoo has also installed a camera to see what the penguins are up to back home when they are not being art connoisseurs. Julián Zugazagoitia, the director and CEO of the museum, in an earlier interview with TIME, said that the penguins would be happiest to see the works of Claude Monet because they are “soothing” and resemble water.
Kansas City Zoo penguins went on a field trip to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.— All Things Considered (@npratc) May 15, 2020
If you're wondering what sort of art penguins might like, this outing provides some (very) modest anecdotal evidence that they may be drawn to Italian baroque techniques.https://t.co/ev02SekKNS
But his prediction was not really on point as the special visitors were mainly drawn towards the work of Baroque and Caravaggio. Zugazagoitia said, "I don’t know what they feel, what it says in their mind. They stop, and look and wonder.” The museum also revealed that Kansas Zoo examined the galleries before the penguins came to make sure neither they nor the artworks were in any kind of danger.
Best news item of the week - Peruvian penguins from a Kansas City Zoo visiting an art gallery because they miss social interaction. @JaneHillNews saying what we are all thinking. Brilliant 👏👏 #bbcnews #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/VOJKnPli7r— Linda Howard (@LindaCHoward) May 15, 2020
Zugazagoitia said that he was a little concerned about the entire visit going without any hiccups, but he was very pleased that the trip has brought a smile to everyone's faces. He added, "It really brought us joy, and I think it brings the community together when the love of animals and the empathy we feel for them is also reinforced by the love that we feel for art."
Look at these Humboldt penguins visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City! (Photo from the museum.) pic.twitter.com/NyklZGL9qK— Erin Annis (@MsAnnisEnglish) May 16, 2020
Even though the museum has not yet announced any details regarding any opening date, Zugazagoitia said that they are doing their best to keep the community engaged and thinking about shifting their festivities online. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Zoo reopened on Saturday.