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Considered one of America's premier art institutions, visitors have also named the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art among the nation's best museums. Displaying art pieces that date from antiquity to the... Read More
Considered one of America's premier art institutions, visitors have also named the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art among the nation's best museums. Displaying art pieces that date from antiquity to the present, its collection features items from across the globe and centuries. Marvel at the extensive Asian art collection, which includes a massive Buddha statue, Native American pottery, Monet's original Waterlillies painting, and much more. The 2007 Bloch Building addition is a piece of art, itself, especially at night. Once reviled but now enthusiastically embraced by most locals, enormous whimsical shuttlecocks decorate the front lawn. There's also a lovely 17-acre Sculpture Park, full of bronzes by British sculptor Henry Moore, plus significant pieces from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
- Wed,: Sat; 10am-5pm
- Thu-Fri: 10am-9pm
- Sun: Noon-5pm
- Museums: "There's always something special going on at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, from Juneteenth, to a Day of the Dead Festival and other annual celebrations to a film and dialogue series, or summer classes and camps for all ages. Check the web site for current offerings."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Plan at least an afternoon to see everything on display in this free museum, where docents also offer free tours. The Rozelle Court restaurant serves wonderful food at terrific prices too."
- Best for Museums Because: This museum continuously adds new art, exhibition space and exciting public programs. Be sure to see the new Bloch collection of 29 glorious Impressionist paintings.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: A high number of special exhibits (with possible admission charge) makes this a terrific museum to visit again and again.