Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108


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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


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  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For a unique outing during your Kansas City getaway, consider seeing a performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Unveiled in 2011, the center is home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony. It also welcomes visiting artists ranging from famed photographers to well-known actors and actresses. Recent travelers were amazed by the property; they described the building itself as stylish and beautiful and the performances as phenomenal. Kid-friendly shows are also available throughout the year.

Parking for the events can be found in the adjacent Arts District Garage for $10 per vehicle. Though the garage has space for 1,000 cars, visitors are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot.

The Kauffman Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On performance days, the box office opens 90 minutes prior to showtime. If you are interested in touring the facility, you can reserve a spot on a public tour for $5 per person. Private group tours for 10 people or more are also available. Consult the Kauffman Center website for more information.   

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