The Kansas City Zoo and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art teamed up for the very special outing.

By Stacey Leasca
May 18, 2020
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While you’re stuck in quarantine penguins are out having all the fun.

Last week, a trio of adorable penguins got to escape their day-to-day routine at the Kansas City Zoo and pay a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art instead. Along the way, Bubbles, a five-year-old penguin, Maggie, a seven-year-old little lady, and Berkley, an eight-year-old waddler, got to check out the art and even pick a few favorite pieces to ponder over. And luckily for us all, there was a video crew following their every move so we can all watch the visit from home.

"Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little stir-crazy, even the residents of the Kansas City Zoo,” the caption of the YouTube video read. “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.”

According to NPR, Bubbles, Maggie, and Berkley are known as Humboldt penguins and are native to the desert coast of Chile and Peru. Julián Zugazagoitia,  the executive director and CEO of the museum told NPR that not only did the birds love the art, but also seemed to "really appreciate" when he spoke Spanish.

So, which pieces were their favorites? Zugazagoitia shared with ArtNet, “They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than Monet.”

But, according to zoo officials, the penguins likely enjoyed all the pieces equally.

“Unfortunately, our penguins can’t speak for themselves,” a representative from the zoo additionally told Artnet, “but we think they found the experience at the museum very enriching!”

Just in case you need more penguin content after watching their art-filled adventure, the zoo has also set up a live cam so fans can watch the little ones play all day. And really, watching them play may be even cooler than watching them watch art.