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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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Elegant place for good food

The restaurant was cafeteria but the lunch options were definitely upscale and tasty. There was a nice variety from soup and salad to sandwiches.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Groton, Massachusetts
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Groton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was cafeteria but the lunch options were definitely upscale and tasty. There was a nice variety from soup and salad to sandwiches.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had never been to an art museum before so not sure how it compares but its on the smaller size for museums. It has lots of interesting art make sure to look up too. They have some very neat pieces hanging high. My kids did find it interesting, for about an hour hour and a half. We learned about... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another fine free museum in the heart of Kansas City. It is a class act with great permanent exhibits plus wonderful special exhibits.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to combination of strolling through contemporary art, stopping at the little gift shop and having a glass of wine before an excellent dinner right there in the museum. This is an interesting and fun evening and a treat that goes beyond just going out to dinner. It is all very well done and thoroughly enjoyable. The dining room... More 

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San Mateo, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I wanted more art but the building itself is very small to house huge collections....check out the Chihuly glass chandeliers and ever rotation installations and then go to lunch in the cafe of which I didn't partake but have heard very good reviews. This would be a great space to host an intimate party. Oh and it's free for visiting.

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Stamford CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Small but beautifully designed museum in the Country Club Plaza area – perfect choice for a visit of an hour or less. And it's free! Loved the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in their permanent collection, and some of the pieces in the temporary exhibits. Would love to return for lunch/brunch in their indoor/outdoor café, the walls painted with an artist’s... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Easy to find with a nice parking lot up the block. Not a large museum but nice with a decent variety of modern art. The café is worth the stop.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We've visited the Kemper and a few trips. There is usually something thought provoking there—some I like, some I don't. The size is intimate which is just right to try something a little out of the ordinary. There's a lovely Chihuly piece in the entryway. It does have a wonderful little gift shop.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

If by chance you drive by this museum and it is not on your list, please stop and pay it a visit. It was with unmitigated joy I abruptly stopped when we saw the Bourgeois Spider outside the Kemper. I also found a Georgia O´Keeffe as part of an exhibit inspired by a poem and 2 Dale Chihuly pieces welcome... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

A small - wonderful - accessible - welcoming - and very cool contemporary museum. Small and easy to visit. Great rotating permanent collection as well as temp exhibits. Fantastic Gift Shop with many unique gifts, as well as one of the best restaurants in KC: Cafe Sebastienne. If you think you've seen it all by going to the Nelson, you... More 

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