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 CourseMemorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
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.
Open through Labor Day weekend, visitors (and golfers) of all ages will be 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 AmericansJune 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 WallMarch 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 PicnicJuly 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.