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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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Renowned for the building's neoclassical architecture and impressive permanent collection of Asian art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is beloved by Kansas City visitors and locals alike. The museum's Beaux Arts architecture style was inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art and designed by architects Wight and Wight. A schoolteacher and art lover named Mary Atkins left money for the construction of this museum in 1911, and, though it was originally two separate galleries, the sites merged into one museum in 1983. While the museum is best known and celebrated for its extensive collection of Asian works, especially pieces from imperial China, it also boasts numerous American and European paintings, as well as photography and visiting exhibitions. This site hosts balls, speaker series, and other events year round. Using our international travel planner, Kansas City attractions like The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Saw the Surveillance exhibit. This was a. It underwhelming. The Dutch masters were great. No fee to enter, parking was $8. Nice casual day. 
  • My favorite is contemporary and modern art, so it is wonderful to come to the museum and be greeted by the giant shuttlecocks with the lovely museum in the background. You could spend several hours he...  read more »
  • This was an enjoyable experience in our trip to Kansas City, and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only are there paintings of many types, but there is fascinating furniture, glassware including a Tiffa...  read more »
  • A great place to experience art. Great exhibits for all ages. Check out the shuttle cocks on the lawn, there pretty cool up close. Better yet, bring a picnic lunch and sit under them eating lunch. You can't see it all in 1 day, so I would recommend visiting multiple times. Access is free and parking is $8. Check out Rozzelle Court Dining too. Only a small selection, but very upscale and very good.
  • One of the BEST Art Museums I've ever been to! They offer tons of history on many different floors, with both stairs and elevators, it's open to all people. Wheel-chair ramps are available and parking is plentiful in the PAY garage or first-come on the streets for FREE. They have a beautiful luncheon area in the middle of the museum and they do offer live performances often, so check their website! The front of the museum is a beautiful area for picnics or group pictures, with many sculptures on every side of the building. There's a reflecting pool in the back of the building as well. They are always featuring new exhibits and currently the cost is FREE to get in (make a donation if you like, it's well worth your time and money to go see)!
  • Wonderful museum full of memories for me, the park out front "Volker" Park was a big hang out place from the 60's all the way to the 90's, but I do not think so anymore. A great place to go inside and see all of the art, and a very neat little eating area, kinda like an indoor park. Seems to be attached to Westport, and the Art Institute across the street, making it part of a sort of artists district for creative minds.
  • We live right by the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It is a very family friendly place and they are always updating their activities and attractions. In addition, their grounds and pathways are always clean, and offer an excellent place to take walks and enjoy the surroundings. A great spot to hit while visiting KC!
  • I'm neither an art, nor an art museum expert, so I'll limit my comments to saying that this is a beautiful museum, with what seems to my uneducated eye to be a fairly broad representation of fine art. There is an outdoor sculpture garden with works that, I think, appeal to those looking for representation of various traditions. The buildings, and galleries that were added during the recent expansion are gems, and, alone, worth a trip to Kansas City.
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