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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Address: 3613 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone Number: 816-931-5722
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Description: Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings...
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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We enjoyed the information we got from our tour guide.beautiful home and great history. Happy we learned a lot about Thomas Hart Benton.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Sarcoxie, Missouri
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Sarcoxie, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the information we got from our tour guide.beautiful home and great history. Happy we learned a lot about Thomas Hart Benton.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We visited here as part of one of my grad school classes, on a FREEZING day in February. It's a super cool little site...when you walk into the house, it's as if Benton and his wife just left for a little bit. The park ranger lives on site, and the extra attention shows. It's very well maintained. As a historian... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

A visit to Thomas Hart Benton's home provides insight into the life and times of a great American artist. Our guide was an artist herself and she helped us to further appreciate his work. The home itself helps one better understand Thomas Hart Benton's art as well as his personal life. Well worth a visit!

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I cannot say I ever heard of Thomas Hart Benton before visiting, but that did not impair the visit at all. Our guide (Eva Dean?) was passionate. She did not overplay her knowledge, but I feel she knew all about his life. She gave a thorough overview of his life. His wife was a powerful force in his life, including... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited this lovely historic home on the spur of the moment after a visit to the Thomas Hart Benton wing at the Nelson Atkins. What a great idea that turned out to be! Our guided tour was wonderful and the interpreter did an amazing job of bringing Thomas Hart Benton to life. The house is just as he and... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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315 reviews 315 reviews
180 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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