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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Ranked #2 of 164 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 September 2, 2010

I can't believe a museum this packed with various items is free (donations are accepted of course). The shape of the museum is a little odd, but there was something for everyone here, and I'm not exactly an art buff. Really glad we made the trip over. We had seen the giant badminton birdies in the yard and decided to explore further from there. Glad we did.

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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Possibly the greatest value ever. You can’t beat free when it comes to a museum of this quality. Had we not had to contend with two young children we could have spent an entire day there. We were able to take the kids outside to the Sculpture Park occasionally for a break so they didn’t get too bored. I was amazed at the quality of art, especially in the European section. There is artwork by Monet, Van Gogh, Goya, and Rembrandt. Many impressive artists. They also had huge collections of Egyptian, Asian, and Contemporary art. There is a convenient café within the museum with good food. The museum itself is free. Parking in the underground garage is $5 although there is probably free parking nearby. Donations are accepted and very well deserved.

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Reviewed July 16, 2010

I think you will need more than one day to tour this musuem. We certainly didn't cover everything during our visit. I was blown away by how they had an entire cloister and several full sized rooms transported from their native locations into this museum. Unreal!

1  Thank wannago2
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

This is a splendid art museum,even though it is not an encyclopedic one.In June,i spent several days relishing its fine European Paintings,American Paintings,Chinese Art(its forte),Contemporary Art,and Egyptian Art.Artists,especially well-represented were;Cranach the Elder,Jean Pater,Claude Monet,Camille Pissarro,Caleb Bingham,Thomas Hart Benton,and Wayne Thiebaud.Personal favorites at this free art museum were;Jacopo Dei Casentino's"Presentation of Christ in Temple",Guercino's"Saint Luke Drawing",Castiglione's"Vanity",Hendrick Van Vliet's"Church Interior",Claude Monet's"Snow in Argentieul".Paul Gauguin's"Tahitian Woman",Marsden Hartley's"Mount Katahdin,Maine",and Fairfield Porter's"Mirror This museum has beautiful grounds with plenty of sculpture by Henry Moore..It is open on Thursday and Friday evenings.it has a fine cafeteria.So enjoy yourself in the Heartland of America.

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Reviewed June 14, 2010

This was one of my favorite stops on a trip to Kansas City. The lawn is beautiful, as well. For only a donation admission fee, this is a great deal.

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