The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Rockhill
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patriciaddavisaz
Phoenix, AZ18 contributions
Great Museum
Jul. 2021
We really enjoyed our visit here. They have such a large and varied collection - from ancient Egyptian to modern contemporary work. We didn’t have time to explore outside, but there seems to be a lot to see around the building also.
Written July 21, 2021
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potaracke
Laupahoehoe, HI266 contributions
Floored with surprise at this museum!
Jul. 2021
I didn't know quite what I was going to experience at the Nelson Atkins Museum. We walked around the grounds looking at different sculptures that were quite cool and interesting. The grounds are quite expansive with benches and tables and great shade on a day like today in the mid 80s and humid. Lots of area for kids to run around.
We had a timed ticket and started out in the European art masters that I was very impressed to see a Van Gogh that was amazing. One Caravaggio that looked like it was painted recently it was so vivid. And, of course, so many of the impressionists that it made me happy to see they were so prodigious. I've been to many museums around the US and Europe and I'm amazed to see the amount of art works produced by so many greats. Rembrandt painted...what...50 some self portraits beside his other scenes? Yes, there is one Rembrandt here as well of a young boy. Just like the Van Gogh painting, as soon as you see it, you know who was the artist!
I had no idea that KC would have such a high caliber art museum like this!!! Amazing!
Of course, the museum has historical pieces of art such as the upper floor with American Indian exhibits as well as Japanese, Chinese and other Asian art. One favorite was the Buddha exhibit!
SO much to see and so little time. Go and experience it yourself!
Written July 16, 2021
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HoosierIU
Carmel, IN30 contributions
Avoid dangerous Glass Maze! Bam!
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Only average because partner hit head & tooth in Glass Maze! Bad headache & loose tooth.
Watch out when in outdoor maze! Otherwise Art fabulous Art museum with lots to offer!
Written July 16, 2021
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laurie784
Salinas, CA32 contributions
Great place to visit with family
Jul. 2021 • Family
Beautiful Museum, very interesting and friendly staff. The food in the cafe was delicious and the venue beautiful. I was surprised that it was so fresh and nice variety of food!
Written July 14, 2021
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD514 contributions
Kansas City has a true world class art museum - you may need 2 visiting days
Jul. 2021
This was just a complete (and wonderful) surprise; I had to come back a second day. But wait, it's FREE (how do they do this - I felt obligated to buy something in the gift store - simply to return the generosity). Parking isn't cheap but free, safe street parking is possible - walk a bit. Some of everything and lots of some things. The contemporary section alone is deep and displays a fair amount that isn't found elsewhere. European, particularly French selections are quite strong from early through 20thc. Asian, Pacific, Africa are well represented. Not quite as much on the decorative arts side (discounting English porcelain), but all in all this is a very impressive collection. Maybe a little shy of Boston and Chicago and of course Philly has the PMA and Barnes within walking distance, but this is a serious contender and should not be missed.
Written July 5, 2021
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Michele C
36 contributions
Unexpected Stop and Find
Jul. 2021
After eating at Jack Stack's down at the Country Club Plaza, we were driving to watch a Kansas City Royal's game when we passed by the museum and seen lots of people on the lawn viewing the sculptures and having picnics. We parked across the street and was just planning on taking our picture outside of the museum when we ran into a local lady walking that told us the museum was free. We went up there and sure enough it was free and we walked around for a little bit viewing all the beautiful art. I wish we would have had longer as it was so big and lots of interesting art pieces. It was our first time in an art museum and we enjoyed it. It was well staffed and very organized. They had putt, putt outside (had to pay for it) that looked fun and snack and drink vendors outside. We will definitely come back and visit when we have more time. Across the road is free gardens to walk through and a huge field next to the water that looks like that have concerts at. Nice area to explore, but make sure you have more time.
Written July 3, 2021
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Julian J
4 contributions
World Class
Mar. 2021
The Nelson Atkins is a world class museum on par with other world class museums such as the Smithsonian, The British Museum, and even The Louvre. There is so much to see that one visit is not enough. The good thing about the Nelson Atkins is that it is free and you can also make reservations to visit either online or in person. Classic works of art from Egyptian to the present are on display. A classic museum that when in Kansas City one must visit.
Written June 30, 2021
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travbuddy_28
Saint Louis, MO77 contributions
wonderful collection of art and interesting sculptures in the sculpture garden outside.
Jun. 2021
We enjoyed a nice visit to the Nelson-Atkins museum. Admission is free, but you do need to reserve tickets in advance for a set time. The grounds are beautifully kept with interesting sculptures, including the stone wall (look up its history!). It was refreshing to know that they still required masks indoors. Highly recommend a visit if you are in town. We spent about an hour inside which was a good amount of time (it's not huge but has plenty to see).
Written June 28, 2021
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Miriam S
Palo Alto, CA32 contributions
A fine collection
Jun. 2021
On a cross country trip from California to DC and needed somewhere to stop in the Kansas/Missouri area. Kansas City was a real find, and this museum was a highlight. Imagine if someone selected one or two fine exemplars of almost every important 19th and 20th century Western artist. That is the Nelson-Atkins. The museum is free but you do need timed-entry tickets, at least until the pandemic recedes.
Written June 23, 2021
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MS Hagen
11 contributions
Even someone who "dislikes art" can find something interesting here
Jun. 2021
I don't understand art. I will admit that. However, even I found some cool stuff in the museum that I took pictures of (pictures are allowed). Mostly I liked the outside art sculptures and the mini golf course.
Masks are required inside because of COVID-19. Purses/bags are required to be worn in front of you or on your side (tip: don't bring one if you don't have to).
Written June 12, 2021
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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Mon 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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