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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
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Ranked #20 of 98 attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Kansas City
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Springfield, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Free parking just past the museum. Free museum (the kids decided to donate). Only one floor and about 4 gallery rooms but we (my 12 yr old boy, 10 yr old girl and my 8 month old in an umbrella stroller) were able to slowly stroll through and enjoy the quiet environment. Good short visit. The bigger art museum (nelson... More

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New York City
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The restaurant in the museum is nestled into two very comfortable spaces, one surrounded by a major art exhibit and the other in the light filled atrium. For a small museum, it has a nice collection and there is not entrance charge. Worth a visit.

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Georgia, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Really enjoyed the small environment yet the variety of contemporary exhibits featured. Would definitely go back. I understand the cafe is excellent but did not visit.

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Lincoln NE
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We love visiting the museum when we are in KC and it was our destination this trip. I was fascinated by the Chinese art collection - top notch and found myself wanting to read about the story of how this was amassed and gotten out of the country. Seriously, the lion from Luoyang could sink any ship! Loved the building... More

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Orlando, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

With contemporary in the name, I guess you get what was advertised. Both the rotating and permanent exhibits were a bit sparse. We're not sure what constitutes renown artists or the best technique, but the works in the contemporary classification do not appeal to us. So the free visit was very short.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Come and spend the day. The displays and art compare to the best in all ways. The ability to walk up to great art and view cannot be beat.

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Burbank, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a fine museum with interesting art and a wonderful restaurant to recommend it. I will definitely visit when I am in KC again.

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