Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Key Info

4525 Oak Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art appeals to many kinds of visitors, such as little kids who appreciate the giant badminton birdie installations (four 18-foot shuttlecocks, to be exact) on the 22-acre lawn, or adults who enjoy the play of light in Caravaggio's "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness." The art museum's permanent collection spans thousands of years, includes more than 35,000 pieces and features art from Europe, Asia and America. The museum also displays interesting architectural pieces like centuries-old furniture and stained glass windows, in addition to more modern paintings, prints and drawings, sculptures and photography. What's more, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art showcases different exhibitions every year across a variety of mediums; check the site for upcoming exhibits during your visit.

Visitors are consistently impressed with this museum, saying they could spend hours perusing the interesting art. Recent travelers called out the massive sculpture park for its host of unique installations and said the grounds were delightful to stroll on a nice day. Many said they also appreciated that there was no fee to browse this museum's extensive collection of works.

You'll find the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art less than a mile northeast of the Country Club Plaza. Admission is free, and you can visit from Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 9 p.m. Garage parking is available on-site for a fee; there is also a B-cycle bike-share station on Oak Street near the attraction. For additional information, check out the museum's website.

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