Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


DIRECTOR’S WELCOME Welcome! I am delighted you are visiting us at, and I look forward to seeing you in our galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The museum’s history is rich and the collection is deep, so I urge you to visit often. You will discover true originals, mankind’s greatest achievements, from ancient to contemporary works of art. You will also feel the power of community, as we celebrate diverse cultures and mark important days with festivals, dancing, talks, tours and classes. Discover the museum at your own pace, by yourself or with family and friends. Make it your museum! ¡Saludos! Julián Zugazagoitia MISSION Where the power of art engages the spirit of community We welcome and provide free admission to all, and deliver unparalleled opportunities to enjoy, appreciate and understand the finest visual arts and the varied cultures they represent—on our campus, online, and throughout Kansas City. As an institution of national and international renown, we establish and adhere to the highest professional standards and practices in research, scholarship, presentation, interpretation and care of our collections. We serve as a vital partner in the educational, social and cultural life of our community, using our collections and programs to build an environment where people can gather, share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind. Every day, in all we do, the Nelson-Atkins is committed to nurturing excellence, inspiring creativity and building community through the power of art. HISTORY The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art arose from the instincts and ambitions of two private individuals who shared the dream of providing a public art museum for Kansas City and the surrounding region. William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star, was convinced that for a city to be truly civilized, art and culture were necessities. When he died in 1915, the bulk of his estate was used to establish the William Rockhill Nelson Trust for the purchase of works of art “which will contribute to the delectation and enjoyment of the public generally.” The Nelson estate was combined with Mary Atkins’ legacy to build an art museum for the people of Kansas City. The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and the Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public on Dec. 11, 1933. On June 9, 2007, the Nelson-Atkins unveiled the Bloch Building, an addition designed by Steven Holl Architects, which increased gallery and storage space for the growing collection. Today, the Nelson-Atkins maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art and welcomes 500,000 visitors a year.

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What makes this business unique? Extensive collection of Asian art

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4525 Oak St
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
United States

The Kansas City Max route has a stop at 45th and Main streets, approximately two blocks west of the Nelson-Atkins.

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Fax: (816) 561-1011

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  • Admission is free everyday
  • Voted Best U.S. Museum (Based on Yelp Reviews)


Monday Closed Tuesday Closed Wednesday 10AM–5PM Thursday 10AM–9PM Friday 10AM–9PM Saturday 10AM–5PM Sunday 10AM–5PM

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