Explore both art and history when you visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Walk through the sculpture garden, see some great exhibits, learn about some of the artists you’ve studied in school, and have a snack at Rozzelle Court or the museum cafe.
Before Your Visit:
- Check the calendar for any special exhibitions you may want to see as some require tickets.
- Bring a sweatshirt (the museum can be cool) and leave your backpack at home (or you'll have to check it at the door).
- If you enjoy sketching, you can bring pencils and a sketch pad to the museum.
Explore the Nelson-Atkins:
- Sculpture park - It's always fun to walk through the garden. Make sure you use the mobile audio guide or pick up an mp3 player and listen to the audio tour.
- Egyptian art - visit the Ancient art gallieries and view art and sculptures from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
- Photography - if you love taking pictures, you'll really like exploring some of the photo galleries.
- See Something from History Class - you've studied tons of history, so now visit the museum to see some great items that are connected to what you've learned.
- Modern & Contemporary Art - modern art comes in so many forms and the museum has some really cool pieces!
- Current exhibitions - make sure to visit the newly opened Chinese Gallery where you can see a recreated temple exhibit.
- Explore the Cafe - the Creative Cafe has hands-on interactive art on their computers, along with some unique and cool ways to explore art.
- Snack at Rozzelle Court - don't forget to grab a snack and check out the balconies.
- Visit the Art Zone at the online National Gallery of Art website.
- You may also enjoy a book with a museum/mystery theme like these:
All images have been obtained with permission from the Nelson-Atkins online press room.
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