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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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“bloch building” (57 reviews)
“rozelle court” (55 reviews)
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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 16 May 2018

World class collection and an amazing building/facility ... all for free! (Well, $10 if you park.) I love the way paintings, furniture and decorative arts are displayed together in the galleries.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Great combination of art and architecture. Loved the photography special exhibit. The photo-ops on the lawn are great too!

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We spent an afternoon at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and were delighted. The museum is free. The Bloch Galleries are relatively new and hold a marvelous collection of Impressionist Art. All the paintings looked as though they had been recently restored and/or cleaned. What was remarkable,...More

Thank David C
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

A beautiful facility with wide variety of art. No one can be disappointed. Very helpful staff and security people who were willing to share what they knew and answer questions. Very knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

The art collection is incredible, the building itself is gorgeous, and the sculptures outside are huge. Definitely worth a stop here!

Thank SRiese
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Went for the first time and have to sy we were a little bored. It really is for the art lover which we really aren't but wanted to experience it. Really have to try it once though because it is a really nice museum.

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Each visit I tell myself I will get to a specific area of the museum that I have not yet explored. Each time I find that I still have so much more to see. Whether inside, or walking the ground exhibits, it would take weeks,...More

Thank Theresa S
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

The Nelson-Atkins is truly one of the great American Museums. Beautiful beaux arts building with a recent ultra modern addition. Some of the finest are in any American museum including masterworks of European and American art. Highlights include great works by Caravaggio, Dutch Masters, Willem...More

Thank Terry E
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Was recommended to go here by some locals. When in Rome. We were very surprised by the size of this museum. Huge. Covers everything from ancient art (Roman, Greek, etc) all the way through to Modern art. Always has an amazing room on Eastern calligraphy....More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I was not very expectant of this museum, but luckily I was wrong. This is a museum to rival some of the best ones in Europe, exhibiting a really jaw-dropping architecture and a carefully curated art selection. I was really impressed by its collection of...More

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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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