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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111-1821
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Established in 1885 as Kansas City's first cultural institution, this art...

Established in 1885 as Kansas City's first cultural institution, this art museum houses a rich collection of modern and contemporary art.

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A not to be missed small museum in KC

I always find time to go to this museum. The work is modern and constantly changing and there is even a small café with great food

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I always find time to go to this museum. The work is modern and constantly changing and there is even a small café with great food

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this museum. The contemporary art on show is cutting-edge and well worth a visit. It's small and usually houses their own collection and temporary shows.

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Brooklyn, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don’t need to spend much more than about 30 minutes here, but if you’re interested in contemporary art, I would also say you shouldn’t skip it. It’s practically across the street from the Nelson-Atkins, so it’s very easy to include with a visit there. When I was there, the featured temporary exhibition was by Rashid Johnson and had made... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice museum with relatively small but intriguing collection. The collection is smaller than some of the larger museums in town but offers a nice variety and representation. The grounds feature some intriguing sculpture and I was very happy to spend an afternoon browsing here, well worth your time.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smaller and more manageable than it classical neighbor the Nelson-Atkins down the street, the Kemper is the rare contemporary museum these days whose ultra-sleek architecture perfectly suits the work on display. This small but worthwhile space, consisting of fewer than a half-dozen rooms and a series of rotating exhibits and installations, benefits from excellent curation and a superior collection, with... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kemper is perfect if you have a small amount of time and are interested in contemporary art. There are only about 4 galleries, but they are spacious and the art is well displayed. There are 3 large Chihuly glass sculptures inside and several other large sculptures outdoors. There is a large free parking lot and a small gift shop.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum of contemporary art. What I love about it the most is that they constantly revolve their extensive permanent collection and have special showings that excite my brain. You can see the entire space in less than an hour... if you just view and walk. Make sure you are there around lunch. Their restaurant is just... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to visit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art because they were open on Friday and Saturday until 9:00pm. As it turns out there was a charity event the night we visited. We were able to walk around while they were setting up the event. I was disappointed because we did not know that in advance.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cool art gallery for contemporary art providing a nice compliment to the larger Nelson Art gallery across the street. Features a very nice café with excellent service and good food. Use to be one of my secret weapons as a single guy to impress smart women. It worked, I am now married to one!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I saw the Rashid Johnson exhibit and spent time looking at other works of art. I noticed the art sparked questions, comments and conversation. This is what I enjoy about contempory art. It is not necessarity straight forward and very much up to interpretation.

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