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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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A Hidden Gem in Kansas City

I believe most people have seen Thomas Hart Benton's murals, and this was a chance to see where they were created. The house is on a shady quiet street on the west side of Kansas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Upland, California
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Upland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I believe most people have seen Thomas Hart Benton's murals, and this was a chance to see where they were created. The house is on a shady quiet street on the west side of Kansas City and you park right in front. I have to say that the young man that served as docent was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I was not familiar with Thomas's work until this visit. This was a fun window into his life. Our tour guide knew a lot and shared a number of stories. Thomas's work is distinct and recognizable.

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is just wonderful-everything in the house is original, and in the studio too. You get to see the framwork for this artist's family life and work life. The guide was excellent and others in our group had visited before; we plan to visit again too. And the price was super-reasonable.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I am a bit of a fanatic about artists' studios and this one is perfect...preserved in situ since the artist and his wife's death in 1975. The docent and home give a real sense of one of America's great (but underappreciated) artists. Only downside is rather awkward parking situation, but should not normally be an issue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

What a great unexpected surprise. Sitting in a residential neighborhood is this massive stone house where Benton and his wife lived from the mid1930's until their passing. We had a great guide who had many interesting facts and anecdotes to share. For example, did you know he was about 5 foot 2 inches tall. Or that his wife was an... More 

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Very interesting tour. Had no idea this was a state park. The tour brought the Benton family to life and you could easily picture them in the home and him working in his studio. Located in a lovely neighborhood.

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Gladstone Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Went there as an outing with UMW. I did not know we had this house, in KC Mo. It was very interesting. The setting is very beautiful AND, of course, there are pictures that he has drawn. You get to see his 'work' room. It is very memorable--

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Missouri state park (no extra fees or decals) in a beautiful Kansas City neighborhood. Staff give a good tour based on artists public and private life. Takes less than two hours and was very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Our guide was informative and fun. If you're into American art, this tour is a must do. Tickets are purchased on site. Tour takes about an hour.

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Sarcoxie, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 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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