The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

KC’s creative hub is always free to enjoy and features a calendar full of summer festivals and family fun.


  • Extraordinary exhibitions present valuable perspectives for appreciators young and old, like 30 Americans (June 1-Aug. 25), which presents contemporary art by 30 of the most important African-American artists of the past four decades.  
  • Stroll through a 22-acre sculpture park on the grounds of the museum and survey the bold, contemporary Bloch Building for memorable art escapades. Starting in spring, witness the hand-built construction of the museum’s latest outdoor artwork, which will complete its permanent installation in November 2019—plus, a nine-hole mini-golf course on the south lawn that will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • With more than 40,000 art objects as part of the encyclopedic collection and free admission, you can take time to explore masterworks ranging from ancient times to today, including one of the top three Asian art collections worldwide, commissioned Contemporary installations and exceptional Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.