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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111
816 751 1278
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Ranked #2 of 102 Attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Dining
Description: This museum has a collection of life-like sculptures.
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English first
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We were surprised by the collection of Egyptian and Roman period art in the museum. They had a wonderful collection of art through the ages. The labyrinth of glass walls outside was a lot of fun. They had a special exhibit of American Indian art and we were a little disappointed in it, maybe due to the extra cost to... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Amazing and a must see in Kansas City.There is no charge for admission but parking is $8 and worth every penny . I am a self professed "art snob" and this gets 5 stars. You can make it an all day event. The sculpture garden is unique and relaxing. Enjoy lunch in the Rozzelle Court Restaurant, save room for dessert... More

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Webster Groves, Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art captures your interest and attention from the outset, with huge badminton birds strategically placed on its well-manicured grounds. Who could pass up inquiring about these unique piece of art. Then, once inside, you will witness paintings and sculpture one would never expect to find in the U.S., let alone in the Midwest. The Nelson is... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I have now lived in Kansas City twice and visited on multiple occasions. Whether with friends and family of different ages or alone the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is one of my favorite places to spend my free time. There is so much art from so many places, time periods and styles. Entry is free. One of my favorite... More

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Kansas City
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This exhibit is a must see. It is appropriate for any age starting with children who are old enough to be exposed to items of historical significance. The exhibit space is laid out wonderfully. The volume of artifacts spanning hundreds of years is quite unique. The descriptions are very well done explaining very concisely what you are looking at. This... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was my first time to see the new addition. The Plains Indians exhibit was featured. This museum is breathtaking, the sculpture garden incredible, the Chinese exhibit world-famous, and its architecture stunning. It is certainly a Don't Miss.

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Covington, Kentucky
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We went to this museum for one and a half days. There was so much to see. Their informational book said they do not allow photos, but that is not enforced. The art is organized by region.

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LaGrange, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Nice place to visit. Easy to find. Free admission with paid parking. Recommend making a visit when in Kansas City.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum is amazing. Being Italian I loved the European section and unfortunately I only had a couple of hours to spend there so I just visited the European section (they even have a Caravaggio's painting!) and the contemporary art section partially. It really displays a wide range of art throughout history (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and medieval art plus more... More

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Highland Park
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The museum building is attractive and maintains a well presented tour of European and modern western art (we did not view other galleries or halls). Each gallery as one circles the wing we were in is progressively closer chronologically, to the present day. There are excellent though limited examples of Dutch painters, romantics, pre-impressionists, impressionists and expressionists. We then toured... More

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