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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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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...more
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 January 2004

This could arguably be characterized as the only world-class attraction in Kansas City. I have lived in KC my whole life and never tire of visiting "The Nelson". Outstanding collection of Asian art. Henry Moore sculpture garden is gorgeous. I even like the shuttlecocks. There...More

11  Thank Footprints10126
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I have supported and visited this museum for over 20 years. I visited the contemporary art section today, April 23, with my 14-year-old, 11-year-old and seven-year-old who have impeccable manners in theaters, museums and live entertainment. A gentleman politely explained there was a prohibition against...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped in on a Sunday morning shortly after the Museum opened to see the special temporary exhibit called "Napoleon: Power and Splendor". The exhibit describes how the imperial functionaries created and and burnished Napoleon's image as emperor and heroic figure through art and artifacts....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We wanted to spend more time here but had other commitments that prevented us from doing so. Just the same, this is an excellent place to enjoy a wide variety of art. If you never even go inside - which would be a mistake -...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lavish decorations worthy of an emperor. Huge gilded candle holders. 3500 household servants and two wives major ego.

Thank Raymond C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That Nelson-Atkins Museum is a beautiful venue located just east of the Plaza. The facilities are Immaculate and showcase the beautiful art from around the world. Plan on spending two to three hours, and if you like they have a beautiful restaurant for light lunch...More

Thank tom r
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum had been recommended to us by an artist friend and it does not disappoint. Each gallery, arranged (as it should be) by era/type was beautifully curated and the collection ranged from late-kingdom Egypt to 21st century post-post-modern. There are some, like Pether's "Eruption...More

Thank agatha56
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic museum with top notch 20th century art collection, beautiful grounds, and much more. We spent about 3 hours and ran out of time. If we return to Kansas City, we'll definitely plan another visit and more time.

Thank caroljbauer
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent about half a day in the Nelson-Atkins Museum. We were blown away. First, it was not elbow to elbow so you could visit the various rooms at your own leisure. Also, we were shocked at the Egyptian and Roman rooms....More

Thank JefferyJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love museums in general but this museum has alot of exhibits, all types from stuff from the US to the rest of the world

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to visit here several times a year. The rotating exhibits are great, but I really love the permanent exhibits as well. The docents are always nearby to answer questions and provide you new information about the art. Great place for lunch too!

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really neat place to visit! We took our time and loved every minute of it! If you're in Kansas City this is a must see!

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Response from JimmyB0bby | Reviewed this property |
Parking is underground and is super clean and convenient and you can walk directly into the modern art section from the lot, through sliding glass doors. You can also park on the street. You will see many parked cars on... More
10 March 2016|
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Response from richardjwaksman | Reviewed this property |
It is free.
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Response from Patrick P | Reviewed this property |
The MAX (Metro Area Express) runs north and south to all the main destinations. It stops at 45th and Main, and you can walk east past the Kansas City Art iInstitute to the Nelson-Atkins