The Nelson-Atkins Museum is considered to be one of the United States? finest general art museums. It features a collection consisting of over 33,500 art pieces that provide visitors opportunities to create new connections and unique experiences in every part of the Museum.
It has been of service to the community since it opened in 1933. With each step and development of the Museum, the public and its visitors are always in mind. The Museum was unveiled in front of about 8,000 people. It provided a place where the people of Kansas can express so much admiration under one roof.
The Museum is housed in the massive Beaux Art Nelson-Atkins? Building, which opened in 1933 with the public expressing amazement at is luxurious style and innovations. It was the Great Depression then, which explains why the building only had three telephones servicing the entire building.
Today, the Museum?s collection has grown over time, which led to the major campus transformation project, the Bloch Building. And still with the public in mind, the Museum offers programs that enable them to make personal connection with art and be encouraged to undergo meaningful experiences.