#InstaKC Captures: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

November 18, 2016

#InstaKC Captures is a blog series that highlights some of the most photogenic sights in Kansas City. From iconic monuments to lesser known gems, we tour the city in search of some of the best places to take a snapshot.

This week, we spent time out at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a KC treasure famous for its supersized Shuttlecocks, international renown, incredible collection and photogenic landscape. But, as luck would have it for fellow photographers, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the art on the museum's grounds. 

Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park

Spanning a lush 22-acre space, The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is home to numerous sculptures representing a wide variety of artistic styles, from abstract to modern and more. 

Ferment, 2011, is a metal, tree-shaped sculpture that towers at 56 feet. Thanks to its bright silver color, the piece stands out in stark contrast among the park's otherwise green foliage. 

Three Cedar Bowls

A simple stroll along the museum's grounds reveals a sculpture collection that dates back to 1986, when the Hall Family Foundation acquired 57 works by artist Henry Moore. Subsequent purchases, such as Three Bowls, 1990, have only added to the park's striking assortment of sculptures. 

With space to roam around and investigate the works as you please, photography options are nearly endless. Angles, lighting and framing are all essential to capturing these pieces, each one offering the opportunity for a one-of-a-kind capture that will light up your Instagram feed. 

The Labyrinth of Kansas City


Take your chances and get lost in Glass Labyrinth, 2013. The maze-like structure invites guests to wander through its interior in search of escape on the other side.

All the while you'll be able to look through the glass walls and snap some unforgettable photos thanks to lighting and reflections.