Museums in Independence


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Two or Four Tickets to a Featured Exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Up to 38% Off)

Two or Four Tickets to a Featured Exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Up to 38% Off)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Country Club Plaza

Catch a special exhibit on American folk art, El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià’s creative process, or painter Thomas Hart Benton’s Hollywood years

$24 $15

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American Jazz Museum: Visit for Two or Four to the American Jazz Museum (Up to 42% Off)

Visit for Two or Four to the American Jazz Museum (Up to 42% Off)

American Jazz Museum

18th And Vine And Downtown East

Guests look and listen inside exhibits that chronicle the history of jazz, including a 1930s nightclub replica where live musicians play

$20 $13

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National Airline History Museum: General or VIP Visits for Two Adults and Two Children to the National Airline History Museum (Up to 83% Off)

General or VIP Visits for Two Adults and Two Children to the National Airline History Museum (Up to 83% Off)

National Airline History Museum

Northland

Photographs, artifacts, and aircraft such as 1941 Douglas DC-3 and 1952 Martin 404 illustrate the history of commercial flight

$26 $12

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Astronomical Society of Kansas City: Star Bright Saturday Event for Four or Private Party for 10 at Astronomical Society of Kansas City (50% Off)

Star Bright Saturday Event for Four or Private Party for 10 at Astronomical Society of Kansas City (50% Off)

Astronomical Society of Kansas City

Powell Observatory

Science lovers gather at the astronomical society to tour the observatory and view the stars, while private events are more exclusive

$24 $12

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Robert J. Dole Institute Of Politics: Membership to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Including Dinner Gala (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Membership to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Including Dinner Gala (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Robert J. Dole Institute Of Politics

Lawrence

The Dole Institute's mission is to promote civic participation among young people and demonstrate the honor of working in politics

$100 $65

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Glore Psychiatric Museum: Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Glore Psychiatric Museum

St. Joseph

Psychiatric museum in “1,000 Things to Do Before You Die” explores old-fashioned mental-health treatments in surgical admitting building

$12 $7

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Johnny Carson Birthplace Society: Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

$14 $7

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  • Vaile Mansion
    Known for its history as a pioneer town and home to former president Harry S. Truman, Independence welcomes visitors to its storied sites, making them more accessible with free trolley rides. Tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and Museum to glimpse a dwelling for law breakers next to a dwelling for a law keeper, and the clandestine tryst between the abodes that resulted in a museum. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate preserves many of the original art and furnishings of the famed Bingham and Waggoner families, while the National Frontier Trails Museum hails the starting point of the westbound pioneers with bronzed pieces of nuts, raisins, and chocolate bits tracing a path westward.
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    1500 North Liberty Street
    Independence, MO US
  • Leila's Hair Museum
    There, Leila Cohoon preserves and furthers the art form of hair-based crafts, which stretches back to the 1700s and beyond. In pre-photography days, Victorian artisans would create jewelry and decorative pieces with human hair as a means of remembering loved ones. In addition to these personal mementoes, Leila's collection includes 600 hair-based wreaths dating before 1900, and numerous reliquaries said to contain the hair of Mary, mother of Jesus, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and pieces of the cross, all with their appropriate wax seals. Hair pieces belonging to Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and other presidents also reside here. Although not hair-related, the museum also features a brooch that is said to contain threads from the coat of Joseph, father of Jesus. The quirky museum has attracted the attention of raconteurs from CNN as well as noted gadabout Anthony Bourdain, who also paid a visit during an episode of his show No Reservations.
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    1333 S Noland Rd
    Independence, MO US
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
    No region, time, or artistic medium seems to fall outside the scope of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A trip through its exhibits takes visitors back to Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The paintings, sculptures, and photos then travel all the way up to present day?with significant works from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Size: visiting exhibits and a permanent collection that totals more than 35,000 works Eye Catchers: Claes Oldenburg's Shuttlecocks, giant sculptures which sit prominently outside the museum Don't Miss: John Carbutt's photograph of William T. Sherman and his son, taken in 1865 The Building: built in a classic Beaux-arts style, the original Nelson-Atkins building opened in 1933 Pro Tip: Pack a picnic, then spread out in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Interactive Art: Visitors twist, turn, and pet the minotaur inside Robert Morris's gigantic Glass Labyrinth, located in the sculpture park Special Programs: guided tours, free audio tours, art classes, lectures, and special tactile tours for the blind Become an Artist: the museum permits pencils and sketchpads up to 24" x 36"
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    4525 Oak St
    Kansas City, MO US
  • Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
    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.
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    5235 Oak St
    Kansas City, MO US
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball. Experience a tour of multi-media displays, museum store, hundreds of photographs, and artifacts dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s.
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    1616 E 18th St
    Kansas City, MO US
  • Alexander Majors Historical House
    This duo of history-rich houses showcase antebellum architectural styles, while providing insight into the mores of the era. With four tour tickets total, the historically inclined can visit each house twice or bring a friend along for each visit, while family memberships net unlimited entries for the nuclear unit, along with advance invites to special society-only events. A Greek revival-style home from 1858, the John Wornall House beckons history lovers in to watch costumed reenactors living in the past, where they play period-specific video games while drinking period-specific Mountain Dew. Regular special events at the house include paranormal investigations by local ghost hunters and recreations of the house?s past as a Civil War hospital. Dogs can sprint across the lush grounds while their two-legged companions waft in luscious scents from the herb garden, which contains a variety of delicate plants used in medicines and recipes.
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    8201 State Line Rd
    Kansas City, MO US

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