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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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US$ 33.00*
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Kansas City Hop on-Hop off Day Pass
Ranked #2 of 139 things to do in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
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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 13 January 2018

I've gone about 4 times in the last 2 years and love every special event. I plan to eat lunch because the dishes are great. A very pleasant experience. I've traveled in Europe and it really feels European.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

This museum is great & was our first visit. We visited there, two couples, and spent about 6 hours. We didn’t even see it all so we’ll be returning. The stuff they have is amazing!! They have a nice place for lunch, too.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank AliciaRJ
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank MarkStephenSouder
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank lbrb97
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank verdere
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