Zoo Penguins Enjoy A Private Tour Around An Art Museum In Adorable Footage

Zoo Penguins Enjoy A Private Tour Around An Art Museum In Adorable Footage

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.




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. 





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.



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. 



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." 



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. 



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