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“I've Moved Away, But I Still Visit When I'm In Town”

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Ranked #2 of 175 things to do in Kansas City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 January 2018

I was born an raised around Kansas City, and this was where I learned about art. I would call this a "Generalist" museum -- a museum that decent collections in many areas and eras. With the expansions over the years (and their sprawling sculpture gardens), they've managed to flesh out, and display, more of their collection. My personal favorites are the Thomas Hart Benton pieces. It reminds me to go back the the Truman Library, where there is a huge mural, the next time I'm back in Kansas City. Great Egypt section, good Modern Art section, they really do have a day's worth of things to see, and the cafe is good, as well.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

If you love modern art then spend most of your time in the Bloch Building.
If you like more traditional art then the Plaza level is the place to be.
Do not miss the Gates of Paradise at the top of the ramp.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

This is a wonderful art museum with a range of collections to satisfy most art lovers. The museum consists of the original 1930's classical Beaux-Arts building and the 2007 modern Bloch Building addition. During our visit we had the opportunity to see two special exhibitions one of Picasso and the other of artifacts from a Chinese Han Emperor burial site. The Picasso exhibit is only being shown in the U.S. at this museum. A cafeteria style lunch is available in the Beaux Arts building in the beautiful 15th Century Italian style Rozzelle Court.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Im blown away every time I visit this exceptional Museum. This winter season I was lucky enough to encounter the Exhibit Through the Eyes of Picasso which was a unique collection of Pablo Picasso s personal african collection which had a tremendous impact on him to depart from classical painting. It was an extensive show that traced the influence of the aboriginal style that pushed him into an hitherto unforseen method as yet unwitnessed by the world. Very well appointed, fascinating.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This museum is a must do! They have an amazing collection of art, displayed in a beautiful setting. They often host special displays (though more often then not, these special showings require a ticket) and have many events. The museum is free! If you go, don't forget to check out their outside exhibit - it's spectacular!

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