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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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Drop in for an hour, come for lunch, or spend the entire day wandering through world-class galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City and just three blocks from the Country Club Plaza, and admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins, recognized as one of America’s finest art museums, strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community. With 40,000 works of art, the Nelson-Atkins is best known for its new Bloch Galleries, featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, plus its Asian art, photography, American paintings, American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a beautiful setting for a walk or picnic, is an oasis in the city and home to notable sculptures.
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a local Kansas City gem and should not be missed by any visitor to this city. We absolutely love the special exhibits that they have during the year and don't miss walking around the grounds and seeing the shuttlecocks and more.

Thank jasperjr
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

really enjoyed spending the day so much to see.. plan on spending the day or making more than one visit.. can't be rushed need to take you time and really absorb

Thank Chris F
Reviewed August 22, 2016

If you can close your eyes, or if you enjoy huge, cold, stark, sterile architecture, by all means go and have a blast. Otherwise, go elsewhere.Wonderful museum. Wonderful exhibits. Gorgeous museum building. Sadly the once-inspiring walk up to and into the museum is dead and...More

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

What a fun day we had. Admission is free so we got off to a good start. I wasn't sure if this would be a good option for younger kids but my grandsons had a great time. The staff was amazing. I also enjoyed my...More

Thank Lee P
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Collection was extensive and well organized display, with only a few of featured artists' works. Not at all disappointed, but not clear marketing on what the exhibit was.

Thank TravelKBS
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited with the girls and we had a great time. Enjoyed the Luxury of Rome visit which did cost to enter exhibition, but we'll worth it. Gold and silver artifacts along with interactive smaller exhibits was a nice touch. Had a spot where people could...More

Thank Paulette E
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We took out of town guests to the Nelson and they were in awe. Fabulous art as well as dining. You truly feel you are not in Kansas City (for the native Kansas City dwellers).

Thank kathleen m
Reviewed August 22, 2016

The Nelson is an underrated overachieving complex of art history settings that bring a window of the past into clear focus. Having experienced the New York museum of art, I think the Nelson is an excellent smaller art museum that adequately gives the visitor a...More

Thank Scott L
Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is one of the most visited destinations in Kansas City. There is a variety of art which meets all tastes and interests. I love to walk around the outdoor sculpture garden, and the Bloch Building complements the more classic building in a wonderful, modern...More

Thank Diane T
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This museum is one of the first things I recommend to people visiting Kansas City. They have a fantastic collection of art and artifacts from all over the world. They often host special events for the community that are always wonderful! Daily admission is free...More

Thank dtbinKC
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August 20, 2016|
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Response from JimmyB0bby | Reviewed this property |
Parking is underground and is super clean and convenient and you can walk directly into the modern art section from the lot, through sliding glass doors. You can also park on the street. You will see many parked cars on... More
March 9, 2016|
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Response from richardjwaksman | Reviewed this property |
It is free.
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Response from Patrick P | Reviewed this property |
The MAX (Metro Area Express) runs north and south to all the main destinations. It stops at 45th and Main, and you can walk east past the Kansas City Art iInstitute to the Nelson-Atkins