The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64111-1873- Map It
(816) 751-1278

AAA Editor Notes

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is 4.5 mi. s. on US 56 at 45th and Oak sts. With more than 33,500 art objects, the museum is recognized as having one of the country's finest encyclopedic art collections. Asian, American and European paintings and modern sculpture are among the prominent permanent exhibits. Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman pieces, as well as an extensive collection of English ceramics, also are displayed. Works by modern artists are featured in the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park, said to hold the country's largest collection of monumental bronzes by English sculptor Henry Moore. The 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building houses the museum's collection of African, contemporary and featured exhibitions, a reference library and a sculpture court. It also contains a premier photography collection with selections from more than 8,000 works, including the impressive Hallmark Photography Collection featuring works from the beginning of photography to the present. Nearly all the key American photographers are represented. A surrounding reflecting pool highlights the building's north entrance. An Egyptian gallery features tomb discoveries including the inner coffin of a 2,300-year-old noble woman. Food is available.
Free. Parking: Garage $8.
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-5 (also Thurs.-Fri. 5-9). Guided tours depart Wed. at 1:30, Thurs.-Fri. at 1:30, 6:30 and 7:30, Sat.-Sun. at 1:30 and 2:30. Closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.