The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 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.
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  • Lorry G
    Oxford, Michigan45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit point
    The staff is so friendly and helpful. I went with my 2 boys (3 & 8) and my in-laws. So many things to look at. Great sculptures outside which my kids loved. I appreciate that it’s free since I never know how long the kids will tolerate that environment.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Courrierls
    Boston, Massachusetts13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend and afternoon.
    A friend recommended that I visit this museum when I had a free day in Kansas City. I’m so glad I did! It was beautifully set up, and I very much enjoyed the various exhibits. Unfortunately Monet’s “Water Lillies” was away on tour while I was there, but that didn’t detract from my visit. Admission is free, although you pay for parking if you use their parking garage. Overall very reasonable.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Kirk B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place.
    Really nice and big art museum. Really enjoyed the photography display. There is a wide variety of styles, time periods, and countries' art on display. Worth the trip. Our teen kids got board quick, but both found things they did like on display.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for everyone
    Parking at the museum is $14, but we were pleasantly surprised to find out admission to the museum itself is free. They did have a mini-golf exhibit outside for an extra charge, but we didn’t have time to do it and a big storm came through anyway, so they closed the area. We found out the hardway that you can’t even bring a water bottle in, but they do allow you to take pictures. Once nice touch is in many of the rooms, they offer a foldable chair you can take to room to room in case you wanted to sit down to either take a break or study a particular piece. If you haven’t been there before, definitely take a map as there is more than one building and there are multiple floors on each one. There are sections based on the various styles, period, type, and so on. It’s not just all paintings as well as they have various sculptures, and they claim to have over 40,000 items. Even if you are not that big into art, you can easily spend an afternoon here. We didn’t order anything, but they have a nice coffee house by the main entrance. The store has a good assortment of items, and we bought a couple of items. Highly recommend this place.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing collection in a free museum
    Visited here for over 2 hours and saw only a portion of what is available. We concentrated on the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, Renaissance art, and Asian art, including Chinese screens and Japanese pottery and woodblock prints. Amazing that this place is free. Also enjoyed the adjoining sculpture garden with works by Rodin and Moore.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • carolmfox
    Honolulu, Hawaii60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss The Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art!
    The Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art is one of my favorite museums anywhere! If you’re in Kansas City, you definitely want to plan to spend at least half a day here. Lunch in the courtyard is a great treat and very reasonably priced. We like to spend an hour in the new Impressionist wing, take a break for lunch, and finish up with an hour in the Chinese section. This is one of the best collections of Chinese art outside of China! Don’t miss the gorgeous Quan Yin and the Tang Dynasty horses.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Cindy P
    Clermont, Florida39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art Amazing
    Nelson Atkins Art Museum exterior and 22 acres gorgeous. Inside 1933 building is work of art and new addition great 21st century design. Impressionism art is exhibitied for viewing and the contiemporary art has all usa 20 & 21st century artists! Congrats to NAAM for fabulous art displays!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Kaj J
    Atlanta, Georgia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good city museum with plenty to see
    The best part of the museum is the sculpture garden, which you can access any time for free. Stroll around, have a picnic, or even play miniature golf. Street parking is limited, so you may need to pay for the parking deck. But the museum is also free so I considered that the price of admission. They have art from every major movement and every corner of the world, so no matter what you are into there is something for you to see. They have at least one piece by most well-known artists. Nothing famous, but you get a good feel for each artist. The shuttlecocks are wonderful and well placed. The museum store has lots of good stuff.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Ken K
    Norwood, New Jersey9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Kansas City highlight.
    Very eclectic, well-laid out museum. Extremely impressive Impressionist collection. Pleasant staff. Free admission. Went on a weekday afternoon and it was not very crowded. Definitely worth a visit when in Kansas City, MO.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Ski-U-Mike
    Lincoln, Nebraska30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected gem not to miss
    Blown away by this unassuming, unexpected gem hiding in the US Midwest; holds up against world-renowned art destinations. The Impressionist collection alone would be worth an admission fee but it’s free. A can’t miss for real.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
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Achin4Bacon
Wyoming124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was an unexpected jewel of a stop. We spent most of the day, and still couldn't been entertained had we stayed a few more hours. What a treasure for KC.
Written 19 February 2024
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Khawnee
Estes Park, CO806 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
We came to visit the special Monet exhibit and were pleasantly surprised by the Evelyn Hofer exhibit which was included. The Monet exhibit could have had more of his works owned by the museum, but it was still nice. Water lilies are always great to see. This museum is a must see.
(FYI We’ve been watching for Wayne Thibaud’s Star Boat to reappear in the modern art area. Guess we are still waiting )
Written 3 February 2024
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pchnmain
LA/OC765 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art:

The museum is built on the grounds of Oak Hall, the home of Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson. His will stated that after the death of his wife and daughter, the remainder of his estate would be used to purchase artwork for public enjoyment. (That's the "Nelson".)

Schoolteacher Mary McFee Atkins bequeathed her estate to establish an art museum. (That's the "Atkins".)

The trustees of the two estates decided to merge the two bequests to form a single major art institution.

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Friends and family filtered into Kansas City for a wedding. Some of us arrived early enough that we had a "free day" and were able to visit the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum.

We spent between 3-4 hours exploring the art collections. While we were able to see everything, I'm sure we weren't able to absorb all that we saw. If the weather was more cooperative, we would have liked to walk the grounds a bit. (They really market those shuttlecock sculptures.)

I understand if museums aren't your thing; but when I have the time, I do enjoy visiting a city's museums--and this one is very good. The collections are comprehensive and curated well. The facility if beautiful. The grounds are well maintained.
Written 24 January 2024
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Julie H
Siloam Springs, AR14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I can’t say enough about how amazing this museum is. My family had been to a concert the night before. We wanted something fun to do before going home that afternoon. The weather forced us to stay indoors, so we chose this museum. We were so happy with our decision. After 3 hours we had toured most of the main floor. We never made it to other areas. When we arrived the person at the counter asked us a few questions and suggested we wait to buy tickets to the special exhibit since it was our first time visiting. He told us that we could purchase tickets at the entrance to the exhibit if we wanted to. He was so right! There is so much to see. I do wish that it was a little more kid-friendly. We love visiting museums and my kids know how to behave in these settings. Our 10 year old was asked to not do this or that a couple of times before attaching herself to me. I never thought anything of what she was doing. I understand they have a tremendous responsibility to care for this art. It might be a good idea to be more clear about their expectations for patrons. A sign or two would probably do the trick. We are already planning a trip back to Kansas City just for this museum!
Written 1 December 2023
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jtrav202
Springfield, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great way to spend time with friends and family. Didn’t cost anything when I went and was more than just art. They had relics and even a mummy.
Written 26 November 2023
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Barnesms
Atlanta, GA333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
An amazing museum, collection, building, and grounds. If in town a definite recommendation for a beautiful tour. Good for all age groups.
Written 5 November 2023
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We love the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This was our second visit and some of our favorite pieces are housed in this museum, including the Buddhist sculpture of Bodhisattva Guanyin, a deity of mercy and compassion.

We found other gems while re-exploring the museum including an incredible pair of beaded heels in the Native American exhibit. We also made time for the Chinese, South Asian, and Japanese exhibits, as well as the African and Contemporary exhibits.

I’ve noticed over the years that we tend to gravitate toward certain exhibits while bypassing others and it’s nice to finally know what we like when it comes to art.

The museum also had a super fun Art Course out on its lawns near the giant shuttlecock sculptures (badminton projectile). It is a nine-hole mini golf experience designed by artists whose objective was to create an interpretation of a work of art from the museum’s collection. We didn’t have time to play but it certainly looked like a fun time!
Written 27 October 2023
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MelissaWP
Shorewood, IL492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We spent three hours here on a Sunday afternoon in early September. We walked all around and say everything except the photography exhibit which was temporarily under wraps. Some rooms were cool in temperature and some were just regular air temperature. The Beautiful Disruption special interactive activity was not at all worth it. We had to return a few days later in the early morning to walk around the sculpture park outside, which was neat, because it was way too hot on Sunday and much cooler later.
Written 9 October 2023
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Ski-U-Mike
Lincoln, NE30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Blown away by this unassuming, unexpected gem hiding in the US Midwest; holds up against world-renowned art destinations. The Impressionist collection alone would be worth an admission fee but it’s free. A can’t miss for real.
Written 4 October 2023
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Hitheroadwithlila
Lenexa, KS2,188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
There is a quote that I came across in a book titled, Why We Travel by Patricia Schultz. It says, “People travel from the other side of the world to see what we have under our noses.”
This has proved true for me in regards to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. While in Paris, prior to Covid-19, I visited a museum that displayed art work that was borrowed from the Nelson-Atkins! This internationally known museum with a collection of over an estimated 40,000 works of art, is amazing.
In October of last year, their exhibition, American Art Deco, gave insight to clothing, cars, toys, dishes, art, household dishes and home cleaning gear. Art Deco is a shorten term for the French Arts Decoratifs. Deco style appeared in France in the 1910s moving to the United States and Europe during 1920s and early 1930s.
The collection of items that were displayed was amazing. During the two hours I spent there, I stood in awe of the talents of the designers, seamstresses, sculptors, automotive stylists and so many hands that create. At the same time, I was reminded of the importance of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in bringing special exhibits like this one to our attention. Most of all, I am grateful that this Neoclassical, Beaux-Arts architecture with all its treasures, can be found in my own backyard.
Written 1 October 2023
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