A Group of Penguins Couldn’t Stop Looking at the Paintings in a Museum

A group of Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. While humans are…
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A group of Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. While humans are staying at home due to the pandemic, Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo have taken to the streets of Cape Town having fun.

They wandered the halls of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and admired the impressionist masterpieces. The Penguins examined the Caravaggio and Monet paintings.

The reason we wanted to expose the penguins to the ‘Water Lilies,’ besides the fact that it’s one of our favorite paintings, is that it’s so calming and soothing. We thought maybe they would react to the soothingness of that painting, but they seemed to wander around and not particularly stop on that one.

Julián Zugazagoitia

The group of penguins seem to like the comfort and the beauty of the museum. They really loved the Baroque painting. The plan to bring penguins to the zoo was just a joke at first. Zugazagoitia asked the director of the Kansas City Zoo, Randy Wisthoff, the plans he has for the reopening of the zoo amid the pandemic.

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I was calling him to see how operations were going and when they were thinking about reopening. Then, as a joke, I said, ‘Hey, why don’t you bring some of your penguins to the museum?


ZugaZagoitia thought the Zoo’s director wouldn’t buy the idea as it was crazy. However, the director replied him asking when he wanted to do this. The Zoo’s staff members planned the visit. The caretakers of the penguins went with them as they go around the museum.

The Penguins behaved like humans. They acted like they were visitors who came to admire the artwork in the museum. ZugaZagoitia said the penguins were more anthropomorphic than he expected.

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