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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

3613 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64111
816-931-5722
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Ranked #33 of 82 Attractions in Kansas City
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Owner description: Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings, and both are preserved at...
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Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Owner description: Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings, and both are preserved at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. A trip to the home and studio of the renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer offers a glimpse into how the talented Benton lived and worked. Benton converted half of the carriage house into his art studio, which remains as he left it. Visitors can still see coffee cans full of paintbrushes, numerous paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another of his masterpieces. Thomas Hart Benton died in his studio in 1975.

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Athens, Georgia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The tour starts w/ a brief overview of the Benton family and its role in US history (which is pretty impressive) then to the artist and his immediate family. From there you move to his studio where you get an idea about the fascinating way he painted--he made clay models of his subjects in order to get the shadowing correct--and... More 

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Kansas City
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Although Benton's style of artwork really isn't our style, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Touring the house in itself is worth the $4 fee. The guide was well informed, too. Neighborhood houses are gorgeous, great styles of architecture.

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Brooklyn, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The studio provides a fascinating look into THB's process for creating his art. I had no idea he built clay models to get the lighting and shadows right in his paintings. The home is less interesting - a study in Middle American decorating. If you're not familiar with THB's work, unfortunately there is not enough there (even in copies) to... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a must if you want to know more about this famous Kansas City artist.....His studio looks as if he will be back shortly.The home is one of those gracious old homes in the Westport area.

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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238 reviews 238 reviews
146 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a fascinating collection and life of the artist himself. Thomas Hart Benton was an interesting character and his work is all over KC and so realistic about the life and times of his characters. Well worth the visit! You can almost feel his presence

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Liberty, Missouri
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visit this house and studio, and you get to feel the life style of Thomas Hart Benton and his family. Free access to most everything and no time limits. quite a spot in mid-town KC that most folks miss.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is the home of Thomas Hart & Rita Benton. The museum contains the studio of Benton and the home that was purchased by Rita Benton in 1939 for $8,000 while Thomas Hart Benton was in Massachusetts researching and painting. The home is marvelous and so well set up for examination and enjoyment. The studio provides a remarkable view of... More 

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North Liberty, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

When I have visitors in town that like art (even a little) I take them to the Thomas Hart Benton home. I think all who visit leave learning more about our American art heritage and one of the true midwest masters. It is a great peek into his world and one leaves feeling like you knew him. For a special... More 

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Nevada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Home and studio of Thomas Hart Benton. Visit studio as it was when he painted with brushes and materials as he used them. Then visit home and hear stories of his family and Rita his wife and business partner. They have a few original works of his and can tell you the stories about the works. This is a Missouri... More 

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Merriam, Kansas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a very cool place to visit. Especially interesting lovers of art. Close to the Nelson Atkins Museum if you are making a day of it.

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