Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Art Museum, Art Gallery
4525 Oak St (at E 45th St)
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 751-1278
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 9:00pm
10:00am - 9:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm


  • Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Host and co-sponsor of the annual TEDxKC event. Visit for more information!
  • It's free!
  • Lots of favorites here. The silver work in the European religious gallery is breathtaking. Love the American furniture upstairs and beadwork in American Indian gallery. Go back again & again!
  • It's Spring. Head to the Nelson Atkins. It's Free and the collections are wonderful.
  • Two large buildings filled with exhibits and a 22-acre sculpture garden - all for free. Definitely wear comfortable shoes.
  • Don't touch anything.
  • Don't leave without venturing outside for a tour of the Kansas City Sculpture Park featuring the famous "Shuttlecocks."
  • One of the best in the nation. The Asian art collection is world class. Take a picture by the giant wooden Japanese Buddha, and do not forget to visit the Indian and Chinese temples.
  • Be sure to have some food or drink at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Feels like a quick escape to Europe! Fantastic way to spend an afternoon.
  • Play some "badminton" with the giant shuttlecocks on the lawn.
  • Closed on Tuesdays.
  • It's free! (mostly) Great place to take the kids on a hot, summer day. Pack a lunch, and eat it on the lawn.
  • 34,500 pieces in the collection from ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity.
  • Please don't feed the hipsters.
  • The lawn is the best place to lay out a blanket and take a nap!
  • Be sure to pick up the new Mobile Guide at the Info Desk or use your own device here:
  • The Chinese Temple Room will literally take your breath away. An incredible experience.
  • Check out the new American Indian Galleries this weekend. My favs: Seal Mask or Leekya Necklace.
  • A Kansas City treasure.

Nearby places

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
235 Ward Pkwy (at 47th St)