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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Home to some of the world’s most iconic works of art, this globally recognized museum also offers one of Kansas City’s best outdoor spaces.

Located in the heart of Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art contains a world-renowned collection that will delight art aficionados and casual visitors alike. Save your money for the museum store, as admission is free year-round.

Take a mobile audio tour to explore the museum and its grounds or talk with docents as they lead you on a guided tour of select exhibits. The historic building houses art from all over the world and showcases both ancient and contemporary pieces. Explore native pottery and jewelry in the American Indian Collection or admire painted screens and kimonos in the Japanese Room. The Ancient Art Collection features pieces that date back thousands of years. No matter which cultures interest you, African, European, Chinese or American, the Nelson-Atkins Museum has them all.

Step into the Bloch Building to see contemporary works by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. The famed Hallmark Collection showcases the history of photography and some of the world’s most iconic images.

The Ford Learning Center hosts art education programs throughout the year. Listen to lectures from renowned art historians while the children engage in arts and crafts classes. The Spencer Art Reference Library contains 180,000 volumes and provides an ideal setting to learn more about your favorite artists.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Located in the museum courtyard, the restaurant provides an excellent menu, live music and a relaxed setting.

Step outside the museum’s historic structure and explore the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. Spanning 22 acres (8.9 hectares), the grassy expanse is dotted with more than 30 works of art and is home to the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the United States. Snap a photo next to the famous “Shuttlecocks,” pack a picnic lunch, or go for a walk or toss a ball for your dog with famous sculptures providing the backdrop.

The museum is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. Walk-in tours are available throughout the day during open hours. A parking garage is available onsite, or visitors can take the direct bus route from downtown.


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Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza ¥11,950
Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza

Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza

770 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, Country Club Plaza, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    The Fontaine ¥16,834
    The Fontaine

    The Fontaine

    901 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, MO
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Battle of Westport, Country Club Plaza, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza ¥11,093
      Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

      Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

      4445 Main St, Kansas City, MO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Country Club Plaza and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza ¥13,153
        Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza

        Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza

        220 W 43rd St, Kansas City, MO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Westport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riot Room and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Country Club Plaza are also within 15 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza ¥10,230
          Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza

          Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza

          1 E 45th St, Kansas City, MO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Country Club Plaza and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza ¥16,764
            InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza

            InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza

            401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fountain of Neptune and JC Nichols Memorial Fountain. Kansas City Art Institute and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel ¥10,870
              Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel

              Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel

              4309 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Country Club Plaza, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Liberty Memorial and Crown Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Oak Street Mansion ¥12,630
                Oak Street Mansion

                Oak Street Mansion

                4343 Oak St, Kansas City, MO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Southmoreland, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Country Club Plaza and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).