Museums & Visual Arts

American Jazz Museum 
Exhibits celebrate jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker and include the Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater.

American Museum of Natural History, Museum at Prairiefire
Combines research and educational efforts to expand public understanding of the cosmos and the diversity of life on Earth.

Art Westport
Top artists from around the Metro line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and more.

Bloch Building at Nelson Atkins
Houses Hallmark photo collection, masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, and African art.

College Basketball Experience
Includes 41,500 sq. ft. of basketball icons, exhibits and memorabilia and is home to the National Collegiate Basketball hall of fame.

Crossroads Gallery Walk
The Crossroads Art & Design District features more than 60 local art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and specialty food shops, making it one of the most concentrated arts districts in the U.S.

Kansas City Museum
Housed in a 50-room Corinthian mansion, permanent exhibits feature artifacts and audio/visual shows to interpret the history of the Kansas City.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
The Kemper’s permanent collection includes works by Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Georgia O'Keeffe, Willem de Kooning and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Liberty Memorial Museum
The National World War I Museum is the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of World War I.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
One of the country's premier art institutions, known above all for its magnificent collection of Asian art, the museum houses work by Henry Moore, Claude Monet and the nationally-acclaimed Hallmark photo collection.

Plaza Art Fair
Annual arts fair that takes place in the Plaza area, includes exhibiting artists, children’s art workshops and other ArtsKC experiences.

Science City at Union Station
Boasts the latest, hands-on immersive exhibits for all ages.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of the African-American baseball.

Zona Rosa Arts Festival
The three day festival features the talents of national and regional artists along with live musical, dance and community performances at Town Square.

Other Museums, Archives and Special Libraries

Advertising Icon Museum
The first institution of its kind to focus on advertising icons and their importance to our culture.

Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum
One of the finest collections of 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st-century American art in the Midwest region.

American Royal Museum and Visitors Center
This hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history is Kansas City's famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue.

Amuck Design
Jewelry made from sterling silver, copper, street signs, license plates, and other reclaimed material.

Arts KC – Regional Arts Council
Serves as the voice for the arts community.

Black Archives of Mid-America
Serves to collect and preserve the history of African Americans in the Midwest.

Friends of the Frontier Army Museum
Dedicated to the conservation and acquisition of Frontier Artifacts.

Kansas Museum of History
Exhibits and collections depict the full spectrum of Kansas history.

Kansas State Historical Society
Collects, preserves and interprets materials and information pertaining to Kansas history.

Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology
The world's foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology.

Marr Sound Archives
Established in 1986 with a foundation gift of 42,000 sound recordings from Gaylord Marr.

Missouri Historical Society
Seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities. 

National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
Created to awaken people to the importance of agriculture and help them understand and appreciate its influence.

National Airline History Museum
Showcases remodeled aircraft and historic renderings.

National Frontier Trails Center
A museum, interpretive center and research library dedicated to telling the rich history of America’s principle western trails.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Located at Johnson County Community College, this museum features works by Elizabeth Murray, Louise Bourgeois and Barry Flanagan.

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
Houses an internationally-known collection of nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media.

Steamboat Arabia Museum
The largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Features the Midwest’s largest collection of antique toys and the nation’s largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures.

Truman Presidential Museum and Library
One of thirteen Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

United States Army Combined Arms Research Library
Serves as the research center for the CGSC and CAC, other TRADOC installations and military scholars and researchers.

University of Kansas Natural History Museum
Explore the planet via four-floors of exhibits including The Life of the Past, North America, Bugtown and Explore Evolution.

Western Historical Manuscript Collection
Collect and preserve documents relating to the history and culture of Kansas City, western Missouri, and the Midwest.

Westport Historical Society
Established to promote and foster public interest in, and preserve the significant history of, Westport, Missouri; Town of Kansas, Missouri and their founders.

Wonderscope Children's Museum
Provide dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children and adults.

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