I lived much of my adult life in Kansas City and visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has always been a highlight. However, I had not visited since we moved out of the area and I was eager to renew my acquaintance with this beautiful facility.
The majestic neoclassical structure opened in the 1930s. I had never seen the new Bloch Building Addition, which opened in 2007. It is an architectural marvel with its five glass pavilions over an underground building.
with Nativity set
Luckily for me, I visited over the Thanksgiving weekend, and a Christmas tree already lit up the lobby. Over twenty feet tall, the tree is stunning at first sight. Several people in front of me covered up a Nativity set at the base of the tree. When they moved, I was thrilled to see the beautiful figurines created a couple hundred years ago.
|Virgin & Child, around|
I could spend days in these exhibits, lost in the creativity of the photographers and the emotions they capture. Since I only had a couple of hours, I saw only a fraction of the offerings. I certainly intend to visit again while I'm close to Kansas City.
|European knight in armor|
|1864 photo of Andersonville prison|
by Andrew Jackson Riddle
Where should you begin? I suggest you check out their website (www.nelson-atkins.org) before your visit. There is so much to see and you don't want to miss the collections or exhibits that are of special interest to you. If you have the opportunity, plan a visit before Christmas! I love that tree!
Visiting museums always evokes a sense of timelessness in me - an understanding that people in different ages and different cultures experienced the same hopes and dreams that we do today. I particularly sense this in ancient and medieval art. Each visit lives with me for days as I mentally wander through human history.
|Bull set atop a column|
at Persepolis in
the Persian Empire
The museum is free, but there is a charge to view the special exhibits.