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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Ranked #2 of 138 things to do in Kansas City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Great museum! Something for every art lover. A visit has become our Mother's Day tradition. Mummies to Rothko

Thank Michelle P
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic art! Free! Beautiful modern and classic space! Gorgeous and expansive landscaping! Outdoor sculptures! Helpful and kind Museum employees! Super day!!

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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful place! As a kid I've taken lots of field trips here and also attended with my grandpa! It's so beautiful and you learn so much here! A great museum!!

Thank Myrye A
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

As I headed for the day, first on my list to be covered was the "The Nelson-Atkins Museum' as it would also need the maximum time.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum is at a distance of about 15 miles from where I was put at the "Homewood Suites, Overland Park". I booked my cab for 0930-ish and post a hearty breakfast headed for my solo stint.
The ride from the hotel to the museum was a quick ride of about 15 minutes. The roads in the US are a charm to drive on - so the travel time is considerably reduced.
My cabbie 'Brian', a gentleman of about 48 years old was a jovial and extremely helpful man - he guided me with the areas that can be covered on foot and the others routes/roads which must be avoided at all costs - this was for the matter that I was traveling alone. He was sweet enough to give me a short tour in his car, about the possible route I must take and of course the ones to be avoided. Much appreciable.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum with an extensive collection of an art form.
The THINKER statue at the entrance makes the entire structure look so magnificent. There is a beautiful lawn in front of the building, and there are huge shuttle corks placed through the park – how does one come up with such concepts. Beauty at its best.

One must keep ample amount of time in hand, as the display is immense about 34,500 or more pieces – and you need to be patient to be able to cover and understand and appreciate all that it has to offer - the art, paintings, sculptures. The collections range from Asian, Egyptian, South East Asian, Indian, Chinese, American, and European.

If you are carrying a bag as I did, I was asked to carry it either on one shoulder or over my chest or keep it in their locker in the Bloch building at the lobby which is free of cost. Storing the bag in the locker is the best option, given the fact that you need to walk so much. Also, you can collect the iPod from there, which elucidates about each art piece on display.

And the best part - the attraction is free of cost.

Cheers to life!!

~Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! :)

Thank ank742
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

It is a 50 minute drive into KC to visit the Nelson but we find it worth the travel time to spend a 90-minute visit, usually followed by lunch as a nice outting. As with most museums it is too difficult to spend several hours for one visit. Better to focus on one area and go several time. We have made a committment to go at least once every other month. Really a phenominal museum and well worth a visit (or several visits).

Thank 1egg2fry
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