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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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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 6 May 2014

Wear you walking shoes this place is large and interesting. Very few or the most famous artists are missing. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

While Kansas City might not pop into anyone's minds as the art capital of the universe, it offers a surprising amount of art to be seen. Came to KC for a weekend and was delighted to discover that the both the Kemperer museum of contemporary art and the Nelson Atkins were open until 9:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights. Like many museums their hours are a little crazy so it is important to check the website but other than that no problem. Additionally both museums are free.

The collection itself is small but seems well curated and thoughtful - to be sure this isn't the Met (but it isn't going to cost you $20 to get in either!) but it 's not trying to be either. Be sure to check out the Rodin's located in the balcony over the first floor café area, the awesome sculpture garden chock full of Henry Moores (and those delightful shuttlecocks) and explore the sliver thin new addition that is an art piece unto itself -with a delightful selection of more contemporary artists.

Combine this with a trip to the Kemperer and the Kansas City Art Institute (just around the corner) and dinner in the gallery-filled Crossroads district and you'll have an art-filled day.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Outstanding collection...we have been several times and always find lots to see. Also the special traveling exhibits are always outstanding.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

I really wanted to go on a Monday because that is my only day off. I took my entire family and drove to the museum to only find out they are closed on Mondays. I took another day off two days later because it was slow at my job and we went went back to the Atkins and honestly we were not that impressed. I have been to a lot of museums and my wife and child were ready to leave before we even finished the first floor. I personally would not recommend bringing young children.

Thank 319roberto
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

In my experience, if you can't get to Chicago or Europe, the Nelson-Atkins is a wonderful museum to visit. While it doesn't have the Wow factor of the Uffizi or the Art Institute of Chicago, it is extraordinarily impressive across the board with a fine cross section of antiquities and paintings. The outdoor sculpture park- replete with several Moores- as well as the collection of Rodins are special.

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