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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
+1 816-751-1278
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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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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1818
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"sculpture garden"
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"asian collection"
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

The Asian collection is worth the visit alone if you enjoy Asian art. My children grew up going to the Nelson. Their special events are always a treat. We are a very country family, so don't let the Plaza location deter you from going. You...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2012

I couldn't have chosen a better place to begin my annual planning retreat than by wandering around the Nelson-Atkins. It helped give me a sense of calm suffused with artistry, excellence, and inspiration. The exhibits are perfectly curated with the right amount of information and...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2012

This was a real surprise, especially the Asian collection. It was done uniquely and with openness that gave a feeling of not being in a museum all the time. The African and Oceania is pretty weak but the indoor sculptures of Noguchi and the massive...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We loved this museum, and were hard pressed to see even half of it. Some rooms were arranged to display not only paintings, but also furnishings and accessories from the period. And, it was free!

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Reviewed 5 May 2012

This is a first class museum with a very good restaurant. Be sure to spend some time there.

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Reviewed 4 May 2012

I've been to the Atkins several times and always enjoy it; it helps that its free but its also a peaceful, large, architecturally imposing building with a majestic lawn and a priceless collection. I have a penchant for European masters and the collection there transports...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2012

I have been here many times over the years. Always has unique special exhibits and beautiful goord near the Plaza

Thank Shelley B
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

This place is simply wonderful. I no longer live in KCMO, but I make it a point to spend a day in the museum every time I visit. This should be at the top of anyones list of things to see in KC, along with...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2012

What's not to like about a world-class art collection in an architecturally pleasing setting? Maybe some people won't like it because it's completely free.

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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Nelson-Atkins is one of the finest museums I have experienced. It rivals many museums in much larger cities and surpasses several. Amazing works of art at no cost. Do not miss this museum when in Kansas City!

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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
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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
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