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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
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Ranked #27 of 82 Attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
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Owner 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are in the mood for some very interesting pieces of art, this is the place to go. There are also very creative displays. I actually like this art museum better than some of the more traditional ones. It is small but a wonderful art experience. Lots of schools bring thier students here for field trips.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

All one one floor, soaring ceilings. Good collection of well known artists such as Chihuly, Nevelson, Wyeth showing singular pieces. Also some not so well known (to me I guess) like Hung Liu, who had multiple pieces in a special exhibition. Nice little restuarant in courtyard with interesting menu. Small enough that one can see it in an hour.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Museum has a lot of cool art, but it doesn't take more than an hour to see everything. The Café inside was excellent. You can bring the family but I can't imagine the kids staying entertained for long. It pairs well with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and is close by.

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
22 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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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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267 reviews 267 reviews
37 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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
73 helpful votes 73 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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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
13 helpful votes 13 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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