Kansas City Arts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: One of America’s best encyclopedic art museums, it’s comprehensive features include a growing collection of modern sculpture enhanced with works by contemporary African American artists such as Alison Saar, Betye Saar and Martin Purer. It is considered one of the nation’s leading private museums, the Nelson houses treasures from around the world. You’ll enjoy exploring different motifs in each wing and the reflecting pool. This museum is so comprehensive in its holdings, that you can visit for 3 hours or 3 days, yet leave with an equal sense of delight.
DAYS & HOURS: Wed 10a-4p, Thu-Fri 10a-9p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
DESCRIPTION: Opened 1994, a entrance features an articulated skylight atrium and is the signature of this 23,000 square feet venue. It features selections from the permanent collection and while is smaller galleries feature rotating exhibitions. Each wing presents 10–12 special exhibitions per year. Group and solo artist exhibitions feature established and emerging artists from the America and worldwide, including Alison Saar. Lectures, film and video series, performances, and workshops are offered on a regular basis.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue–Thu 10a–4p, Fri–Sat 10a–9p, Sun 11a–5p
ADDRESS: 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: This architectural landmark hosts performances by the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and other art organizations. The center is a nearly 285,000-square-foot facility with in 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall and 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
BOX OFFICE: event nights
ADDRESS: 906 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1912, this theater was fully restored to its former greatness — this point is significant because only a handful of Historically Black Theaters nationwide have been restored rather than destroyed. Today, it serves as popular entertainment venue for small concerts in the 18th & Vine District; managed by the American Jazz Museum.
BOX OFFICE: event dependent.
ADDRESS: 1615 East 18th Street MAP
DESCRIPTION: Located in Crown Center, this popular family venue is widely recognized as one of the top five children’s theatres in the country. American Heartland Theatre produces Broadway-style musicals and dramas while the Crown Center Cinemas offer blockbuster movies on six screens.
BOX OFFICE: Tue-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 9:30a-4:30p
ADDRESS: 2450 Grand Blvd MAP
DESCRIPTION: Since 1951, the Starlight has been home to concerts and Broadway plays. In 2001, the theatre introduced a Walk of Stars for performers who have graced the stage, including Cab Calloway. Before each show, enjoy dinner before in the Applause Club or just enjoy the Shirley Bush Helzberg Fountain and Garden.
BOX OFFICE: on showdays 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO MAP
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Since 1964, the Repertory Theatre has been a premier Midwest professional theatre companys-in-residence at UMKC. They produce Kansas City Rep produces up to seven mainstage plays each season. The theatre has presented a critically acclaimed run of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.
BOX OFFICE: lobby of Copaken Stage at 13th & Main Streets; on performance days open until one-half hour after show time; on non-performance days: Monday-Friday 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO MAP
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
DESCRIPTION: Features 6,700 reserved seats, general admission lawn seating. It is also noted for its setting and great acoustics to deliver a superb outdoor concert experience.
BOX OFFICE: better to use their website
ADDRESS: 633 North 130th Street in Wyandotte County Park MAP
PHONE: tickets 913-721-3400