The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is considered one of the top art museums in the United States. They feature one of America’s finest collections of Asian art, as well as extensive collections of American, American Indian, Egyptian, and European art.

The main building was designed by prominent Kansas City architects Wight and Wight. Ground was broken in July 1930, and the museum opened December 11, 1933. The building's classical Beaux-Arts architecture style was modeled on the Cleveland Museum of Art

On the exterior of the building are 23 limestone panels depicting the march of civilization from east to west including wagon trains heading west from Westport Landing. Grillwork in the doors depict oak leaf motifs in memory of Oak Hall on which ground the museum is built. The south facade of the museum is an iconic structure in Kansas City that looms over a series of terraces onto Brush Creek.

The Steven Holl-designed Bloch Building contains galleries of contemporary and African art, photography, and special exhibits. Enjoy art outdoors at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a collection of sculptures by many of the 20th century’s finest artists.

Atkins AuditoriumThe 2016 Kansas City Garden Symposium will be held in the beautiful and spacious Atkins Auditorium, a work of art in its own right. The book sale will be held in the adjacent Bloch lobby. Entrance to the museum for the symposium will be through the main entrance to the Bloch addition via the parking structure.

Parking in the parking structure is $8 for the day, free for museum members. Free parking is located along Oak Street. Check out the maps for parking locations.