The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is an urban oasis in the heart of Kansas City’s Plaza shopping district. The garden area is located on the roof of a six-story underground parking structure, covering more than an acre of space – about one full building block! It has been in the planning stages for over a decade and opened in May 2007 to much fanfare. This garden is full of flowers and trees from all around the world. Visitors can enjoy the beauty while shopping at many different stores or eating at restaurants in this area of Kansas City.


The original focus when planning this space was to create a space that would attract visitors to Kansas City’s downtown area. The garden has become an integral part of the surrounding community and Plaza shopping district, adding beauty and nature amidst the hustle and bustle of people maneuvering through the streets.

The Garden is located on 3rd Street between Broadway Boulevard and Central Avenue in downtown Kansas City, MO. It is open to all visitors and is free.

Near the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art which is also worth visiting. The museum has several impressive exhibits that rotate every few months (it isn’t too large, so there aren’t that many), and it is free! 

Ewing Marion Kauffman was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He was born in February 29, 1902 in Indiana, United States. Kauffman founded Marion Laboratories (later known as Marion Merrell Dow after several mergers) in Kansas City, Missouri with $10,000 that he won in a poker game.

Muriel Kauffman was an American author and philanthropist. She was born in London, England on March 8, 1927. Married Marion Kauffman in 1950. The Kauffmans both died at their Kansas City residence on January 8th, 1993 within hours of each other after a long illness related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Foundation was launched in 1994 by the late Ewing Kauffman’s will, to continue his legacy of philanthropy. He has donated more than $800 million to various organizations during his lifetime. Muriel has given away more than $100 million in her lifetime to a wide range of organizations.

The Kauffmans were devoted to making Kansas City a great place to live and work, and that meant improving the community’s cultural life by bringing world-class art to local residents. In 1994, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced an ambitious $42 million gift in support of the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s expansion plans. Once added to the original 1933 building, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be home to three resident companies: Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Philharmonic.

See the next in this series: Prowler

See the previous article in this series: J C Nichols Memorial Fountain

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Driving Direction To One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City, MO:

One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, Head west on E 48 St toward Rockhill Rd, then turn left onto Rockhill Rd, now turn right onto Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Now here you will pass by KFC (on the right in 0.3 mi), time to turn left onto Euclid Ave/Garfield Ave, Time to use the left lane to take the ramp onto US-71 N. Now merge onto US-71 N, then continue straight to stay on US-71 N, then merge onto I-70 W/US-71 N, from there continue onto US-71 N (signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines), now continue onto I-29 N/I-35 N/US-71 N, Take exit 8A for Parvin Rd. Almost arrived, now turn left onto NE Parvin Rd, go left onto N Harrison Ave. From here you will arrive at your destination i.e. One Shot Water Heaters.


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