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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
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Ranked #30 of 101 Attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Dining
Description: Established in 1885 as Kansas City's first cultural institution, this art museum houses a rich collection of modern and contemporary art.
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved the main gallery but didn't care for the other spaces. They seemed like second thoughts. I wasn't even sure if we were supposed to go into one of them. The main gallery, however, contained some very nice work and was a very pleasing space. Stella, Warhol, O'Keefe, Frankenthaler, Thiebaud and others. Stopped in the restaurant for a coffee... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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246 reviews 246 reviews
31 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nice museum that is worth about 1 hour of your time. It's really small, only 3 galleries. There is no cost to visit.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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67 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great little museum for modern art in a very cool, contemporary building. There are some Chihuly pieces and collection of O'Keefe. The rest of the museum's collection is some paintings, sculptures, and other interesting works. The staff are friendly. This is great visit in combination with the Nelson-Atkins museum next door. Have a culture day. Visited 2011

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Murphysboro, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are into contemporary, aka modern art, you will love this small and sweet museum with super helpful employees. This is a must do on your next visit to Kansas City. They have a lovely collection of O'Keefe, nice piece of Chihuly and various paintings along with some cutting edge sculpture.

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Cahokia, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Contemporary art is a term used loosely.. too much so these days. Visited looked really wasn't impressed. They were having some event so that could explain the coldness of the museum staff...

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Clifton, NJ
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a nice visit. Sometimes they have some pretty cool stuff on display. I don't visit this museum every time I visit KC, but I have gone several times.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I often see some wonderful art at this small but lovely gallery.It's certainly worth checking out. The museum shop has a fine array of beautiful objects to purchase.

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Kansas City
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I always love visiting the Kemper Museum. they do a great job of rotating their permanent collection, as well as showcasing new exhibits. It's also a small but fun experience every time, usually takes about 30 minutes, tops.

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Matawan, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The museum is on the small side, and can be viewed in a hour or so. There were some interesting pieces and installations, and there is no charge to get in, so it was worthwhile to spend an hour viewing the collection. Parking was convenient as well.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

The museum has some interesting pieces but is very small. If you like art, I'd recommend a short visit after going to the Nelson Atkins museum nearby. It would not take more than an hour to see everything that the museum has to offer (30 min for me). Free admission and free parking, so can't complain there! Staff is also... More

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