4525 Oak St., Kansas City
HOURS: Wed. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Thurs.–Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.
Upon its opening in 1933, the Nelson-Atkins’ Beaux Arts facade and intricately detailed interior combined to make the museum a true landmark for the city. The permanent collections feature pieces from a number of styles ranging from African and American Indian to decorative arts and South/Southeast Asian.
Among the highlights of the museum’s permanent collection are the more than 900 pieces that comprise the European collection, including Caravaggio’s “Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness.” A carefully curated Chinese collection has been recognized as one of the best of its kind outside Asia.
Additional highlights include a 22-acre sculpture garden and two in-museum restaurants.