The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art arose from the aspirations and bequests of two individuals who likely never met but who each imagined a public art museum for Kansas City, Mary McAfee Atkins and William Rockhill Nelson. The museum opened in December 1933 to overwhelming public acclaim. 

The museum is nestled amidst a 22- acre sculpture park which is home to the largest collection of Henry Moore monumental bronze works in the country as well as the iconic Shuttlecocks. Thirty-six sculptures span 100 years of artistic style from Rodin to Andy Goldsworthy. Juxtaposed to the neo-classical 1933 building is the streamlined Bloch Building which opened in 2007 and houses the contemporary collection, museum store, Spencer Art Reference Library, meeting rooms and administrative offices.

The encyclopedic collection of over 42,000 objects includes paintings, photos, sculptures, textiles and objects from diverse cultures and artistic styles spanning history from ancient to Contemporary. Notables are the Chinese and American Photography collections. Enjoy lunch in the elegant surroundings of Rozelle Court Restaurant located at the heart of the
museum. Patterned after a 15th century Italian courtyard, its central fountain dates from 220 C.E. For a quick pick me up, visit Thou Mayest offering a variety of beverages and pastry.

Spring through fall step out onto the south lawn and enjoy Art Course, the 9-hole mini-golf course inspired by art works within the museum. Friday nights summer though fall enjoy curated films in the new outdoor cinema. Check the on-line calendar for the many festivals, events, classes, and tours available throughout the year.





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Thursday, September 15: noon to 4 pm, Ballroom (B) level
Friday, September 16: 8 am to 7 pm, Ballroom (B) level
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