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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone Number: 816-753-5784
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Established in 1885 as Kansas City's first cultural institution, this art...

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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great collection

small, curated collection with a big feel. well designed & the flow is natural. i loved the variety & the attention to detail by the staff.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

small, curated collection with a big feel. well designed & the flow is natural. i loved the variety & the attention to detail by the staff.

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Thank Lollie M
Independence, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend took me here as part of my birthday "adventure." It was a nice tour, just enough paintings to make it interesting, not overwhelming. Enjoyed the paintings from Finland and the collection of pictures of inmates. I also saw they had a performance going on for children. Interested museum shop. And a great place to have lunch, brunch, dinner... More 

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Thank Barbara L
Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum! It has a wonderful collection of abstract and contemporary pieces, a lot of which have beautiful stories behind them. It is small and doesn't take a lot of time, so it's good if you need a quick museum fix!

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Thank jmb011
St. Louis, MO USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Excellent luncheon menu, with amble options for vegetarians, and fine service was a pleasant surprise. Dale provided fine service, and the pork mole and grilled salmon entrees were perfect--my husband says "the best mole ever" including many, many options in Mexico.. We noticed that the young girls at the next table were accommodated with off-menu options that suited them well.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Another free gem in KC. Free parking, great area as its close to The Plaza. Two large galleries and two smaller galleries. Took an hour to really enjoy. They have a nice cafe on site as well.

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Thank Gina R
Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I really enjoy taking a trip to this little gem when I am in the K.C. area. They do a great job of changing their temp. exhibits and it is a different experience than the Nelson across the way. Small museum store with some interesting offerings. If you enjoy art then put this on you to do list.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely leisurely lunch at the café here.. perfectly prepared spinach salad with poached egg. The lighting is very nice here.. skylights, genial atmosphere. The art museum features contemporary art and was a broad collection.. loved seeing how they fit in the huge gallery spaces with the double height ceilings. Very attractive space.

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Thank Quill D
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, as its name suggests, specializes in contemporary or "Modern" art. As a retired art professor, I find some of their exhibits a bit beyond my personal taste in art, but the exhibits are reflective of what is going on in the art world today. The nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a better bet... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I've passed by this place 100's of times and finally took the time to stop and look. What appears on the outside to be a relatively small gallery became an open and airy grand space. The work on display was spectacular. Contemporary art is not everyone's favorite but I was delighted by my visit!

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Thank Heath R
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Even if you think you don't like contemporary art, check this place out. It's a short walk from the Nelson-Atkins (so you pay only one parking fee), and you may find street parking (I checked a Google Maps satellite view to find streets with cars parked alongside.) Once inside, I made a donation. The collection was really contemporary... and accessible... More 

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