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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 3 days ago

There is something for everyone here...and with so many wonderful changing exhibits the visit is never the same...beautiuful outdoor space as well. There are often events and community fun days held in the sculpture garden in the warm months.

Thank Theresa R
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the finest art museums in the country. An impressive permanent collection and there is always a great exhibition or two when I visit. The old part of the museum is a Beaux Arts masterpiece and the 21st century addition is a...More

Thank RBarnhart
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful museum that, in my opinion, doesn't get the notoriety that it deserves. Don't miss the gift shop!!

Thank Axemom
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nelson-Atkins is by far one of my favorite museum! So much to see and enjoy here. Beautiful grounds, wonderful exhibits, and such a lovely morning visit to the museum this time around.

Thank Katie D
Reviewed 5 days ago

I do really enjoy the Nelson-Atkins as it has a great variety of mediums and styles. That being said I tend to enjoy contemporary and modern a little more than classic. There is a section of the museum dedicated to the contemporary that I appreciate....More

Thank Heath R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with our 3 month granddaughter. Very successful. The art was first class with good information available for most pieces. We enjoyed lunch which is made to order and very good and moderately priced. Staff was very helpful during our visit with our granddaughter...More

Thank chance s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is art in its architecture, perfectly manicured grounds (with exhibits throughout) and hours of art to appreciate. Also it’s free apart from some specific exhibits. I had the privilege of viewing the Picasso exhibit and it brought me to tears. Go before it’s...More

Thank Ashley J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nelson holds multiple events throughout the year, and has a pretty extensive collection the rest of the time. Visiting the museum itself is free, but the special exhibits have a cost. Personally I like to go to the second floor and sit in the...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Good Museum and displays Arts and Culture of Various Civilizations. The sculptures at display are not found even in the country of its origin. One can learn the culture of China, India, Egypt and most of the European and African Culture and its Sculptures...More

Thank Jat00704
Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to come here every time I am in Kansas City. It has a great collection and the special exhibits are always very well done. I recently saw the Picasso special exhibit and loved it. The outdoor sculpture garden is always fun. If you...More

Thank Marshall C
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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
9 March 2016|
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Response from richardjwaksman | Reviewed this property |
It is free.
29 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