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Kansas City, Missouri Museums & Art Galleries

Experience the culture, history and art of Kansas City by exploring the many prominent museums and institutions that illuminate the City of Fountains. A few of our favorites are listed below.

Union Station -

There is no place in Kansas City like Union Station. This fully restored 1914 landmark is Kansas City's most prominent destination for entertainment and cultural activities. Union Station is home to a permanent rail exhibit with vintage rail cars, the interactive Science City, a vibrant Theater District featuring giant-screen movies and live theater, fine restaurants, unique shops, touring exhibits and great entertainment for the family. You can still catch the train at Union Station, it is one of Amtrak's busiest stops. Just south is the National World War I Museum and Monument, the Liberty Memorial. Visit www.unionstation.org.

American Jazz Museum -

The mother of swing and the nurturer of Bebop, Kansas City proudly hosts the reflection of its dynamic musical heritage - the American Jazz Museum. Located in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum presents the sights and sounds of this uniquely American art form. Jazz comes alive through interactive exhibits, educational programs, the Blue Room (a working jazz club) and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing-arts center. Open 9am-6pm Tue.-Sat., noon-6pm Sun. Closed Mondays. Visit www.americanjazzmuseum.com.
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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art -

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the finest art museums in the world - featuring notable collections from nearly every culture on Earth! With a renowned collection of over 34,500 art objects, Nelson-Atkins is acclaimed for its Asian art, European paintings, modern sculpture, and photography. Visit the gods of ancient Egypt, reflect inside an authentic Chinese Temple and survey the magnificence of Claude Monet's Water Lilies. From ceramic objects of ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity.

Housing a major art research library and Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for Kansas City. The Museum's art galleries display the largest collection of works by Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton, and masterpieces such as Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist, Claude Monet's Boulevard des Capucines and Willem de Kooning's Woman IV. The Kansas City Sculpture Park on the Museum's grounds is the largest U.S. collection of monumental bronzes by British sculptor Henry Moore, as well as works by modern masters. A place for peaceful relaxation and creative inspiration, Nelson-Atkins is one of the country's pre-eminent cultural destinations. Visit

The Bloch Building, which was designed by Steven Holl and houses special exhibitions and contemporary works, was named by Time "the number one architectural marvel of 2007."

Kemper Art Museum -

Since 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has been a leader among modern and contemporary art museums in America. With its sleek exterior and striking, light-filled atrium, Kansas City's world-class free art museum boasts a permanent collection of 1,000 modern and contemporary works of artists from around the world. Highlights include works by renowned artists as Dale Chihuly, Petah Coyne, Morris Louis, Georgia O'Keeffe, Fairfield Porter, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol.

The Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, installations, performance work, film and video series, lectures, concerts, children's workshops, and creative programs that entertain and challenge. With a dozen special exhibitions each year featuring works by well-known and emerging artists, the Kemper Museum offers visitors a chance to experience something new. Enjoy dining at the Café Sebastienne and visit the Museum Shop, which sells unique artworks books, cards and posters. Visit www.kemperart.org.
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum -

Part of the 18th & Vine museum complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game's storied past. Video presentations and memorabilia in the multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the leagues from their origin after the Civil War to their demise in the 1960s. The national museum is laid out as a timeline of the Negro Leagues and American history.

Exhibits include hundreds of photographs, historical artifacts and interactive computer stations. The centerpiece of the NLBM, the Coors Field of Legends features 10 life-sized bronze sculptures of Negro Leagues' greats positioned on a mock baseball diamond. A documentary film narrated by actor James Earl Jones tells the story of the Negro leagues with vintage footage. Hall of Fame Lockers pay tribute to the Negro Leaguers who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit www.nlbm.com.
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Harry S. Truman Library & Museum -

The museum dedicated to "the man from Independence" houses one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Truman Presidential Library & Museum inspires millions. With the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the Truman Library promotes a greater understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service. The major issues and events of Harry Truman's Presidency are highlighted in the "Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years" exhibition. Featuring two decision theaters, enhanced audio and video programs, and interactive elements, this exhibition forms the centerpiece of the museum's renovation.

The Treasures of the Presidents exhibit illuminates the office of the president and features 200 rare treasures and artifacts of our American story - from George Washington's portable writing desk to John F. Kennedy's rocking chair, from the pen Lyndon Johnson used to sign the Civil Rights Act to the safety plug of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

National WWI Museum -

On December 2, 2006, the National World War I Museum opened the window to an extraordinary emotional and intellectual experience. Envisioned by the people of Kansas City, and designated by Congress as the nation's official WWI Museum, the state-of-the-art complex at Liberty Memorial uses highly interactive technology to bring history to life and to foster timely discussions of ethics, values, and decision-making and conflict resolution. The Museum is open daily except Mondays and holidays, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Museum is open on Memorial Day. Visit www.libertymemorialmuseum.org.