Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Student groups exploring the best of Kansas City won’t want to miss a tour of the wonderful Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - a world-class institution “where the power of art engages the spirit of community.” This outstanding museum and world-renowned example of neoclassical architecture is dedicated to enhancing the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and cultures they represent and strives, through careful presentation of its comprehensive collections of more than 33,500 works, to bring visitors a rich and ever-evolving experience as they view its myriad exhibits and wander the verdant 22 acre sculpture park showcasing 33 important modern pieces.
While the Nelson-Atkins is widely celebrated for its extensive collection of Asian art, especially that of Imperial China, their European collection is highly prized and contains almost 900 celebrated works - paintings by Monet, Rubens, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Degas and Goya among them. A suite of American Indian Art galleries honoring the artistic achievement of Native Peoples from across America houses a diverse body of works from pre-contact to the present and includes includes pottery, basketry, quill and beadwork, textiles, painting and sculpture, while the ancient art assemblage at Nelson-Atkins is of the highest quality, brilliantly representing a 4000-year cross-section of the great civilization of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
The Museum Store tenders visitors the perfect souvenir or gift, with proceeds from all purchases benefiting the institution, while Rozelle Court Restaurant, serving a delightfully artful and fresh signature menu, lets guests dine in all the splendor and style of a 15-Century Italian Courtyard – with live music and Wi-Fi.