Museum of the Moment: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

June 12, 2019


One of Kansas City’s most monumental museums is having its own moment this summer. Where else could you peruse world-famous works for free, tour stellar new exhibitions and play mini golf on the front lawn? All are in store this season at the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Art Course

Memorial Day weekend to Oct. 14


The latest installation in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is a putt-putt tribute to nine iconic works in The Nelson-Atkins’s permanent collection.


Originally scheduled to be open through Labor Day weekend, Art Course became so popular that the experience was extended through Oct. 14. And it's no wonder—visitors (and golfers) of all ages are charmed by this one-of-a-kind, interactive piece with holes inspired by everything from a 15th century Chinese vase to the grounds of the museum itself.

Purchase tickets in advance to schedule tee times. 

30 Americans

June 1, 2019-Aug. 25, 2019


Long-known for presenting extraordinary exhibitions that offer valuable perspectives, one of The Nelson-Atkins’s latest is 30 Americans, which presents contemporary art by 30 of the most important African American artists of the past four decades.

Notable creators include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall

March 5, 2019-Nov. 30, 2019


Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Walking Wall moves across the museum’s grounds, stone by stone, in a series of 100-yard stretches. The winding stone wall will make five successive transformations before it reaches its final position as a permanent installation in November. 

Currently residing north of the Bloch Building, watch the artists work on the next phase, beginning July 2019.

Big Picnic

July 21, 4-8 p.m.


Food trucks, festivities, performances and more highlight the return of this free, annual festival in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins—easily the biggest community picnic in the city.