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.


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.


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.


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,




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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