Kansas City Attractions

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-art-gallery1As an institution of national and international renown, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art establishes and adheres to the highest professional standards and practices in research, scholarship, presentation, interpretation, and care of their collections. It serves as a vital partner in the educational, social, and cultural life of the community, using the collections and programs to build an environment where people can gather, share, and contemplate the greatest collection of humankind.

American Jazz Museum

jazz-museumFrom world class performances, award-winning venues, and exceptional educational programming to striking jazz art exhibitions, stunning film collections, and one-of-a-kind exhibit spaces, the American Jazz Museum is a destination for all things jazz.

Blue Gallery

blue-galleryThrough history, the visual arts have been humanity’s most elemental form of expression. Blue Gallery was inspired by reverence for that power. It was conceived as a sanctuary for the art experience. Today, the gallery remains dedicated to the idea that the vital, transformative power of the visual arts remain accessible to all, regardless of financial circumstance or academic background.

Kansas City Ballet

kc-ballet Mme. Dokoudovska founded the Kansas City Ballet Company in 1957 with the goal of bringing a regular ballet presence to the Kansas City area. For twenty years, she nurtured the company with her time, love, and talent. Dokoudovska’s contribution to dance in general and especially to a professional ballet company cannot be over-estimated, nor is there any way to completely express the debt owed to her by all lovers of fine dance in mid-America. Today, the Kansas City Ballet numbers 28 professional dancers, offers an excellent school, and participates in numerous community outreach programs.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum

steamboatThe Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attraction: a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. With the largest collection of pre-Civil Wat artifacts in the world, it offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the everyday objects that made life possible for pioneers in the 1800s.

Folly Theater

follytheatre1In 1900, by the glow of gas street lamps, men in top hats and women in high-button shoes arrive in horse-drawn carriages for the grand opening of Kansas City’s newest theater, the Standard. For the next seven decades, through numerous changes in name and ownership, the Folly built a rich and colorful history. Her walls echoed with the sounds of laughter at Marx Brothers antics and cheers for Gypsy Rose Lee and Fanny Brice. Today, the Folly is filled with the sounds of children’s giggles, thunderous applause for world-class performers, and the clink or toasting glasses.

Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

midlandThe Midland features flexible seating configurations from standing to theatre-style to full banquet seating, with live-show capacity ranging from 1,300-3,000. The venue features state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and amenities that enhance the historic ambiance providing a premium entertainment experience to guests.

Buttonwood Art Space

buttonwoodButtonwood Art Space is a community focused art space and gallery. The gallery is a place for local and regional artists to share their artworks and their commitment to non-profit charities. Buttonwood Art Space hosts two-month-long exhibitions and the 7,500+ square feet of space makes it a unique place to find local art.

The Kansas City Museum

kc-museumThe Kansas City Museum is undergoing planning for an extensive historic restoration and rehabilitation of the entire property. During this time, the Museum is open for tours, exhibitions, programs, and events. Enjoy seeing remaining, original interior architecture alongside spaces in process for historic restoration and rehabilitation. In its current state, the Museum reveals visible and enduring traces of the past, as well as the promise of what is to come.

Kansas City Zoo

kc-zooThe Kansas City Zoo, with its world-class exhibits and exceptioinal programs, attracts visitors from around the world and families from close to home. The zoo connects people to each other and the natural world to promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation.