Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

These Kansas City penguins took a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum—and preferred Caravaggio over Monet

“We are so happy to welcome our colleagues from the zoo,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, the director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, in a video posted by the museum. And who were these colleagues in question? None other than a family of Peruvian penguins who were brought along for a day trip to the museum to shake things up because, as the zoo-director Randy Wisthoff put it, the zoo’s temporary shuttering has caused the animals to “really miss having visitors come out and see them”, leaving zoo officials to find new, creative ways to provide the animals with stimulation. Zugazagoitia, who is originally from Mexico City, noted that “these are Peruvian penguins so we were speaking to them in Spanish, and they really appreciated art history.” Zugazagoitia also added that the avian museum-goers “seemed definitely to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet.” So while these birds may not be able to fly, they certainly have taste.

Image courtesy the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art