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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
816-753-5784
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Ranked #29 of 102 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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PACIFIC
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We've visited Contemporary Art museums all over the world and this little gem was among the best. Small, but very good variety and nicely displayed. So many of these places wind up just showing some strange, giant installations. This place had many unique approaches to making art in a new way and still use great technique. Go and visit.

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The museum was nice but extremely small so can do the whole thing in under 30 minutes. We went there to eat brunch at Café Sebastienne which was excellent. The Café is very, loud because of the concrete and vaulted ceilings but the food was great and so was the service.

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Minneapolis
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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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266 reviews 266 reviews
37 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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210 reviews 210 reviews
67 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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39 reviews 39 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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
21 helpful votes 21 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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