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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Address: 3613 Bell St, Kansas City, MO 64111-3911
Phone Number: 816-931-5722
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Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings,...

Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings, and both are preserved at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. A trip to the home and studio of the renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer offers a glimpse into how the talented Benton lived and worked. Benton converted half of the carriage house into his art studio, which remains as he left it. Visitors can still see coffee cans full of paintbrushes, numerous paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another of his masterpieces. Thomas Hart Benton died in his studio in 1975.

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Untouched historical property very rare

Most historic sites involving homes are restored with researchers' interpretation of what they believe it "might" have been like. The studio and home are untouched, everything is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
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STL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Most historic sites involving homes are restored with researchers' interpretation of what they believe it "might" have been like. The studio and home are untouched, everything is in place from when the family lived there providing a rare intimate opportunity to glimpse into the lives of THB and his family. The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable and welcomes questions. This... More 

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

My husband sought this house and museum out and we were delighted to get a chance to see where this acclaimed artist worked and lived. Very historical and a glimpse into the private side of Mr. Thomas Hart Benton. It is located in an area where other lovely homes offer a visual delight. Only $5 entrance fee for a guided... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Thomas Hart Benton was among the most important 20th century American painters and probably the nation's most popular in his own time. His Kansas City home and studio (in what had formerly been the house's stables/garage) will greatly interest anyone who admires his work. Its furnishings and other contents are just as they were when Benton, his wife Rita, and... More 

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Thomas Hart Benton Home is really easy to get to. It is just a few blocks off the Southwest Trafficway in an area of Kansas City that was once really upscale. It has lost its sheen, but still maintains a character of quiet elegance. The homes in this area are old stone homes from bygone era. The trees are overgrown... More 

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Belleville, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Our tour of this historic home was first rate. Small group tour with the docent that actually lives in the home. He had many interesting tidbits about the Benton family and knew the historic information well.

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

With a guided tour one can see Benton's house and studio in a beautiful location in Kansas City. Definitely worth a stop.

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Hidden little gem in a residential area of Kansas City, MO....my husband I enjoy the THB artwork, and he ran across this as a place to visit while we were in town. The guide/docent we had was a young lady with long blonde/brown hair, and she was fabulous....very passionate and energetic about the topic and shared the information in a... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Beautiful historic home. I took my 8 year old granddaughter, the tour was very informative, low key and personal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

Went here not knowing much about Thomas Hart Benton, however my friend studied about him in college and wanted to stop and check it out on our way to union station. Checked there website prior also since it stated it was free, however upon arrival was told about a 5.00 charge for tour, which was fine just wish it was... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a must for not just Benton fans, but for anyone fascinated by the life of artists. Benton's studio is the star attraction. It is basically as he left it, with all his coffee cans full of brushes and a stretched canvas on his easel. His wife Rita helped preserved the room. But, after you leave the studio, you... More 

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