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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City Missouri


Mon: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues, Wed: Closed
Thur: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat, Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission Information
Free general admission. Reserved tickets required for non-members to visit anywhere in the museum, including Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Visit for the latest information on advanced reservations and admission.


Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins

August 14, 2021 - March 6, 2022
This exhibition explores the beginnings of the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as well as the people who made choices about what types of art to collect, the challenges and opportunities of acquiring art during the Great Depression, and the vast diversity of the museum’s first objects.

Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles

September 25, 2021 - March 6, 2022
For the first time in decades, the Nelson-Atkins will display rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and artistry, the sumptuous textiles in this exhibition conveyed the identities, status, and taste of local and international patrons and consumers.

Lively Creatures: Animals in Chinese Art

December 16, 2021-September 4, 2022

For millennia, Chinese artists have created images of animals that convey a rich array of culturally significant meanings. Literary sources, spiritual traditions, or the nature of animals inspired artists to create animal motifs in many art forms. These creatures may represent celebration, personal messages, or political and religious agendas. Though the cultural meaning carried by images of animals has evolved over time, their significance to Chinese artistic traditions has remained constant. From the museum’s renowned collection of Chinese art, many of the paintings and textiles in this exhibition greet visitors for the first time in decades. Together they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and tell stories that connect human and animal behavior.