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.