Museums in South Hyde Park


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Grabbing the top spot in CityVoter’s 2009 Best Museum poll, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves as Kansas City’s intersection of art, culture, and history. Boasting more than 33,500 pieces and art objects, the museum’s vast collections are organized by period, geography, and medium and feature everything from photographs to sculpture to haunted portraits with eyes that follow visitors around the room. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits, like a sentient boomerang that grabs your hand and refuses to let go. The current exhibit, Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life, explains away loneliness with works from artists including Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee, who moonlighted as a self-help guru and was the first to posit that men and women may be space aliens hailing from separate planets. This Saturday, the museum opens two new exhibitions, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present and Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, which members get to see for free.
4525 Oak St
Kansas City,
MO
US
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art offers a growing permanent collection, special exhibitions, and community outreach programs. The museum is an unquestionable asset to the city and offers admission and parking free of charge. In addition to displaying artwork by a wide range of artists, the museum hosts video and film series, concerts, lectures, children’s workshops, and other creative programs which are designed to both challenge and entertain. An example of a past exhibition was Jarrett Mellenbruch: Float. Mellenbruch is a Kansas City-based artist who is known for his interest in community interaction and engagement. He set up a series of eight hammocks at the Kemper Museum, inviting visitors to relax amongst and on contemporary art.
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City,
MO
US
If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Caf Sebastienne in Kansas City. Come prepared to feast at Caf Sebastienne — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Caf Sebastienne cater for you. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Caf Sebastienne. If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot. Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Caf Sebastienne. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Caf Sebastienne since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City,
MO
US
Rekindle childhood memories as you walk through the National Toy and Miniature Museum. This 38-room Italianate mansion turned museum holds an impressive toy collection with over 300,000 items. The museum is from the combine collections of lifelong friends and collectors, Barbara Hall Marshall and Mary Harris Francis. As one of the world’s largest private collection of toys and miniatures, this museum welcomes over 25,000 guests each year. Walk into this open mansion and view the world’s largest marble collection or peek into one of the antique miniature doll houses. Explore the other rooms that feature collections of miniature paintings, lovable teddy bears, and much more.
5235 Oak St
Kansas City,
MO
US
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