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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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InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza $142
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).

    Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza $111
    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 Mill Creek Park, Country Club Plaza, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Uptown Theater and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      The Fontaine $136
      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 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. University of Missouri-Kansas City and Uptown Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza $99
        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 10-minute walk of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Country Club Plaza, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Uptown Theater and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
          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 10-minute walk of Country Club Plaza and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. University of Missouri-Kansas City and Crown Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza $102
            Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza

            Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza

            4600 J C Nichols Pkwy, Kansas City, MO
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Country Club Plaza Area, this hotel is steps from Country Club Plaza and JC Nichols Memorial Fountain. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are also within 15 minutes.

              Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel $104
              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. Uptown Theater and University of Missouri-Kansas City are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Extended Stay America - Kansas City - Country Club Plaza $72
                Extended Stay America - Kansas City - Country Club Plaza

                Extended Stay America - Kansas City - Country Club Plaza

                4535 Main St, Kansas City, MO
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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