We are always on the lookout for some indoor alternatives, especially during the winter. While spending some time in the cold air can be exhilarating, it’s not conducive to leisurely strolls. A Kansas City staple for indoor entertainment is the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Each weekend you will find singles, couples, and families admiring the vast collections. Art students are strategically positioned to practice capturing works of masters, as well as creating their own pieces. Tour guides lead eager groups through the vast expanses feeding their charges with interesting tidbits of information.
The permanent collections are widely varied and include, Egyptian, Chinese, African, American, Greek, Roman, American Indian, Contemporary, and more. They also have the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park with 57 pieces, which are great to stroll through on good weather days. The museum can be seen in one day, but I believe it is best enjoyed in sections. Breaking it up allows the visitor to spend more time noticing the small nuances in the various artist’s work.
The admission to the museum is free, so why not plan multiple trips, instead of trying to traipse the whole thing in one shot. There is a charge for some exhibitions, but these will be clearly marked. There is a cafe for those needing an energy boost, and a gift shop to pick up a reminder of your visit. The museum is open on Wednesday through Sunday, but closed on Monday and Tuesday. There is parking on site, but it will cost you $8.00 per vehicle. Parking along the street is free, but can be difficult to locate.
So the next time you are looking for an educational opportunity for the kids or need a low-cost entertainment option remember this jewel. We have a world class art museum right in the heart of our city, and it’s just waiting for you to come visit. When was your last visit?
*Photos courtesy Nelson-Atkins website