First opened to the public in 1933, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art.
A few highlights from the collection include Native American art from pre-European to contemporary, more than 7,000 works of Asian art spanning 5,000 years, 900 works of European art ranging from the medieval period to the late 19th century, a large collection of Old Master prints and drawings, and a collection of Modern Art from 1900 to 1959 representing Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism. The collection is displayed by culture, theme and medium.
An ongoing program of art acquisition meant the original Museum of Fine Arts building no longer provided sufficient space. This led to the unveiling, in 2007, of the Bloch Building, a state-of-the-art addition designed by Steven Holl Architects, which increased gallery and storage space for the growing collection.
Read our review of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Art Things Considered - An Art Geek Travel Blog.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Immersive sound and light installation emulates the rise and fall of daylight
Exhibition highlights their creativity, exchange, and friendship.
Challenges traditional ideas in form, technique & decoration of ceramics
Intimate tokens of love, loss, allegiance, and affection exchanged between friends
Expressions of personal ideas, emotions & new ways of seeing
Art that reveals the United States’ history, its people, and their lives
A range of media, diverse in style and theme
Explores the role art objects play in spiritual practice
Exquisitely wrought and embellished liturgical objects inspired meditation
Charming 19th-century period pieces of Staffordshire pottery
Artists show us that war is both a universal and personal experience.
50 works highlight the complex relationship between reality, visual perception, and camera vision
Rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles
Explores the beginnings of the Nelson-Atkins collection and the personalities behind it