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Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden provides a tranquil place where everyone is welcome and the Kauffman legacy continues to grow.

Plan Your Visit

Updated May 15, 2020: The Memorial Garden will reopen on Monday, May 18. Temporary restrictions will be in place to support public health and comply with Mayor Lucas’s 10/10/10 Reopening Plan. The new hours will be from 12-7 p.m. (until further notice). There will be a limited capacity inside the Garden, which will be monitored from the main entrance. You can find additional information on the Memorial Garden’s Facebook page. We will update as additional information becomes available or changes occur.

The garden will be open daily from 12 to 7 p.m. starting Monday, May 18. Admission and parking are free. All ages are welcome, and the garden is accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Daylilies in July
Daylilies in July

Pre-arranged tours are available. Please contact Powell Gardens for more details. To keep the garden open to the public, the space is not available for private functions, including weddings, receptions, or parties. Please enjoy your visit and respect the following within the garden: 

  • No smoking
  • No dogs, with an exception for service animals
  • No biking
  • No rollerblading
  • No alcoholic drinks
  • No portrait photography*

*Portrait photography is prohibited in the Memorial Garden. This applies to individuals, groups, and professional photographers visiting the garden for the sole purpose of organized photo sessions. These sessions have damaged property and disrupted the peace and tranquility that we want to provide for our guests. You are welcome to take snapshots of the gardens during your visit.

The Garden

Couple in the garden
A couple enjoying the garden

Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden. In addition to tending the perennial beds and many unique trees, the staff and volunteers change the annual plant displays at least four times a year.

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden draws inspiration from the couple’s journey through life and their commitment to share with others. The Memorial Garden opened Memorial Day weekend in 2000. It is an enduring gift for Kansas City that extends the legacy of a gracious couple and welcomes visitors to a vibrant landscape throughout the year.

The Kauffmans’ world travels inspired the creation of a space comparable to parks throughout Europe. The garden features bronze sculptures by Tom Corbin among lush and colorful annual and perennial plantings, pruned foliage framed by stone walls, brick walkways and playful fountains.

Open year-round through autumn’s crisp winds, winter’s quiet chill, the renewal of spring, and the warm summer sun, the Memorial Garden provides a tranquil place where everyone is welcome and the Kauffman legacy continues to grow.

Ewing and Muriel Kauffman

Opening Night
Ewing and Muriel Kauffman on opening night at Royals Stadium, April 10, 1973

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden serves as the final resting place of the Kauffmans. Mr. Kauffman passed away in 1993, and Mrs. Kauffman passed away in 1995. To learn more about their lives and the Kauffman legacy, please visit our online exhibit: Celebrate the Legacy