Kansas City’s Notable New Exhibits in 2018


From high-profile traveling shows to inventive displays created at some of the city’s finest institutions, the exhibitions coming to Kansas City in 2018 are sure to dazzle, impress and inspire. 

The Art of the Brick – Union Station

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Art of the Brick - Nathan Sawaya - Yellow


Internationally renowned, this popular exhibit showcases the power of Legos as an artistic medium. With more than 100 works on display, plus reimagined artistic masterpieces constructed using Legos, The Art of the Brick is a Union Station experience that’s full of wonder.

Jan. 25, 2018–May 28, 2018

Through the Eyes of Picasso – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Explore the African and Oceanic art that inspired iconic painter Pablo Picasso in this exhibit at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which features more than 170 paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more.

Through April 8, 2018

The Big Picture – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The Big Picture marks a two-year, $10-million mission that expanded The Nelson’s photography collection, resulting in more than 800 photographs spanning 180 years of the artform.

April 27, 2018–Oct. 7, 2018

Images of the Great War – National WWI Museum and Memorial

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Liberty Memorial


The final two years of World War I marked the entrance of the United States into the conflict, an intervention that changed the course of history. National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Images of the Great War showcases the pictorial work created during the war—particularly during this time period—with works on display by illustrators hailing from the USA, France, Britain and Germany. Be on the lookout for special events memorializing the 100th anniversary of Armistice, as well.

Through May 13, 2018

Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments – The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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Once the most popular playground game in the country, Playing for Keeps examines the impact of marbles and the VFW Marble Tournaments that ran from 1947 to 1962. Visitors will hear firsthand stories of tournament players, view a mid-century modern living room, discover trophies, memorabilia and more, all at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Beyond Planet Earth – Museum at Prairiefire

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Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, this Museum at Prairiefire exhibit explores the mysteries of space, from a mission to Mars and a moon landing to one of Jupiter’s icy moons.

Through Feb. 12, 2018