Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO)

A free day in Kansas City, MO wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

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One of the museum’s main entrances

This museum’s small enough that you can accomplish everything in a day, but large enough that it’s got definite bragging rights. I had the most fun this time around in the American Indian and European collections, but, as in any quality museum, there’s so much more to see.

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And here’s the museum’s food court — it’s so nice!

Granted, a certain section of the European galleries was under renovation while I was there. That was unfortunate for me, but great for future visitors, because the museum’s gearing up for the opening celebration of the Bloch Galleries on March 11-12, 2017. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings are going to have a delightful space to themselves once it’s all said and done. (Monet’s Water Lilies comes back to the museum this year, too!)

Once I was done exploring the interior, I headed back outside to walk through the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

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The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park (view from the stairs, looking south)

I always get a kick out of seeing those giant shuttlecock statues. And Glass Labyrinth, located in the park’s southeastern area, is a hilarious experience (it’s immediately apparent why the sign tells visitors to walk not run through the exhibit!)

 

Thanks for reading,

Emme

 

P.S.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO.

Admission is free!

Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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