KC Edventures Guide for Ages 12-14

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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.

Learn More:

  • 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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Additional Info

  • Historic: Egyptian, European, Medieval, Pioneer Times, Wars & Memorials
  • Music, Theatre & Arts: Architecture, Puppets, Theater
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