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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (The Nelson)

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (The Nelson)

4525 Oak Street

816-751-1ART (1278)
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A world-class museum located in the heart of Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers art lovers a fabulous opportunity to view a great collection of pieces from basically every major art movement possible. The best part? It’s all free, including tours (both docent-led and audio). For those interested in Asian art, the Nelson is particularly well-stocked. Another strength of the museum is the variety of activities and amenities offered to those traveling with children. Complete with the world’s largest shuttlecocks, the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden is a favorite for the younger crowd.

Other events on the premises include occasional musical performances at Kirkwood Hall and an avant-garde film series (check online for dates, times, and particular showings.) Special exhibitions are also very inexpensive (generally ranging from complimentary to $5). Overall, with its complimentary admission and terrific offerings, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is more than worth a visit.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (The Nelson) Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (the closest stop on the Kansas City Max route is at 45th and Main Streets, approximately two blocks west of the Nelson-Atkins)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good (the museum is fully accessible, with an accessible entrance in the parking garage)
  • Hours: Wednesday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m., closed Monday–Tuesday
  • Admission: Free
  • Tours: Free and available any day the museum is open to the public
  • Audio Tour: Free
  • Membership: Individual membership is $60. Dual ($90) and Family ($100) memberships are also offered
  • Other Benefits: Reciprocal membership to 32 other museums is available starting at the Associate Friend of Art level ($250.