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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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Drop in for an hour, come for lunch, or spend the entire day wandering through world-class galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City and just three blocks from the Country Club Plaza, and admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins, recognized as one of America’s finest art museums, strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community. With 40,000 works of art, the Nelson-Atkins is best known for its new Bloch Galleries, featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, plus its Asian art, photography, American paintings, American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a beautiful setting for a walk or picnic, is an oasis in the city and home to notable sculptures.
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've gone about 4 times in the last 2 years and love every special event. I plan to eat lunch because the dishes are great. A very pleasant experience. I've traveled in Europe and it really feels European.

Thank Gail R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is great & was our first visit. We visited there, two couples, and spent about 6 hours. We didn’t even see it all so we’ll be returning. The stuff they have is amazing!! They have a nice place for lunch, too.

Thank AliciaRJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was born an raised around Kansas City, and this was where I learned about art. I would call this a "Generalist" museum -- a museum that decent collections in many areas and eras. With the expansions over the years (and their sprawling sculpture gardens),...More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love modern art then spend most of your time in the Bloch Building. If you like more traditional art then the Plaza level is the place to be. Do not miss the Gates of Paradise at the top of the ramp.

Thank lbrb97
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful art museum with a range of collections to satisfy most art lovers. The museum consists of the original 1930's classical Beaux-Arts building and the 2007 modern Bloch Building addition. During our visit we had the opportunity to see two special exhibitions...More

Thank verdere
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Im blown away every time I visit this exceptional Museum. This winter season I was lucky enough to encounter the Exhibit Through the Eyes of Picasso which was a unique collection of Pablo Picasso s personal african collection which had a tremendous impact on him...More

Thank Riri242014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a must do! They have an amazing collection of art, displayed in a beautiful setting. They often host special displays (though more often then not, these special showings require a ticket) and have many events. The museum is free! If you go,...More

1  Thank Laura H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has cool architecture with an old part that feels very stately and a new part that is very modern, light and airy. They also have a very nice courtyard where you can enjoy lunch, tea or a snack. They have a very nice...More

Thank MizzouLizard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many things to see here for, you, your family, or visitors. The absolute place not to miss. Take anyone that loves seeing history, arts, or cultures. Learn, prospective, enlightenment, and be enchanted. Large beautiful space to walk and enjoy the arts at its finest....More

Thank roberthP4233IM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those who are members of the "fly-over crowd", there are other world class art museums not named The Met or The Getty. The Nelson-Atkins is such a museum. It's collections are extensive, varied and of world class quality. One of the things I like...More

Thank JimKirkwood
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20 August 2016|
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Response from JimmyB0bby | Reviewed this property |
Parking is underground and is super clean and convenient and you can walk directly into the modern art section from the lot, through sliding glass doors. You can also park on the street. You will see many parked cars on... More
10 March 2016|
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Response from richardjwaksman | Reviewed this property |
It is free.
30 November 2015|
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Response from Patrick P | Reviewed this property |
The MAX (Metro Area Express) runs north and south to all the main destinations. It stops at 45th and Main, and you can walk east past the Kansas City Art iInstitute to the Nelson-Atkins