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Sep 13

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City

ClassicalThe Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a free art museum that was created for public enjoyment.  Karen and I would list this as a must see if you are in the Kansas City Area.  The museum was beautifully built in 1933 and the addition of the Bloch building was completed in 2005.  This art museum is massive so  I would reserve at least four hours to be able to fully enjoy the museum.  It is spectacularly maintained and the art work is world class, just exceptional what a wonderful art museum for Missouri.Nelson Art Museum

Sitting Area

When I was a kid it would have taken a team of powerful horses to drag me to an art museum.  Well, it did not take a team of horses, it just took a beautiful girl named Karen asking if I wanted to go when we first started dating.  I expected to just see a bunch of paintings that didn’t really look that great to me, but I went to make her happy.  I had no idea that so much historical material could be found in art galleries.  Being a history buff I like going to art museums now and I would gladly go back to the Nelson-Atkins Museum anytime.Suits of Armor

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has an extensive collection of art work.  Everything from masterpieces by Monet, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh to a large collection of Asian art can be found here.  The museum also has a nice sized collection of pieces by American painters including the largest collection of public works by Thomas Hart Benton, who was from Kansas City and led the regionalist art movement.  It is also home to the Hallmark Photographic Collection which was donated to the museum in 2006 by Hallmark Cards chairman Donald J. Hall Sr.On the Stump Painting

The museum had several artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  It is just amazing to see the amount of detail put into an object that is hundreds if not thousands of years old.  I also like their nice collection of Native American, African, and Oceania relics.  I really like looking at other cultures and seeing their traditions through the use and decoration of their material objects.Eqyptian Art

The grounds of the museum were just as meticulously cared for as the building itself.  There were many sculptures in and outside the building that were worth the time to go and visit.  I wish Karen and I had more time while we were there, but we had a previously scheduled engagement that we had to leave the museum to get back for.Statue

I am really looking forward to going back and seeing the museum again.  Karen and I are shocked that all that art work is free for the public’s enjoyment.  Honestly, they could charge an admission to just go in and look at the architecture of the building.  It is definitely worth the time to stop by, and for all intents and purposes free, so how could you go wrong by going to this museum the next time you are in the Kansas City area.

click here to see other art museums like the Nelson Atkins Museum of ArtArt work from the far EastNelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City
Located at 4525 Oak St. Kansas City
Hours of Operation- Closed Mondays and Tuesdays Wednesday is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  And Sunday 12:00 to 5 p.m. also closed Christmas Eve and Day July 4th, Thanksgiving, and New Years
Cost as of 2011- Free (there is a $5.00 charge to park in the museums parking lot)
For more information visit their website at http://www.nelson-atkins.org/
Karen by statue

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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    How can they do that? Free??
    They have to pay the utilities, custodian, etc as well as purchase the property and the displays and of course the art.
    Can’t beat that price. It looks very nice. Glad you went and informed us about it.

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