The Nelson-Atkins Museum Is Still Closed for Humans, But Three Sophisticated Penguins Just Got a Private Tour (and the Photos Are Adorable)

Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: Gabe Hopkins.

As museums started to shutter across the world, many were forced to cancel or postpone their black-tie galas. But one midwestern museum still managed to attract a few tuxedoed visitors this week. 

A trio of penguins—Bubbles (age five), Maggie (seven), and Berkley (eight)—from the Kansas City Zoo took a field trip across town to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this week to take in a little culture sans humans.

The penguins, it turns out, had some hot takes. “They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than Monet,” noted Julián Zugazagoitia, executive director and CEO of the museum, in a video of the tour posted online yesterday.


The three Humboldt penguins are native to the coastal areas of Peru and Chile and can live well into their 30s, according to the zoo. Zugazagoitia says he and other hosts at the museum spoke some Spanish to make them feel at home. 

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