Local Tourist: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

1571-1610 – Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness

One of the great things about living in the greater Kansas City metro area is ready access to one of the nation’s premier art museums, the Nelson Atkins. Its collection spans history from ancient times to the present day, and includes a particularly large and varied assortment of works by the European masters, American artists such as Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton, and galleries devoted to paintings, pottery, woodcarvings, and sculpture from Asia and Africa. It’s expansive surrounding lawns and sculpture gardens are perfect for an afternoon picnic, it’s only a few steps away from Kansas City’s downtown Plaza shopping and dining district, and admission is always free.

If you happen to be passing through Kansas City in the next few months, or live nearby and haven’t visited the Nelson Atkins Museum in a while, I invite you to check it out. You’ll be glad you did.



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