The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 39.045° N -94.5809° W

Description

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care. We welcome and provide free access to everyone to enjoy and contemplate artistic creations from 5,000 years ago to present day. We believe that art has the ability to uplift, surprise, challenge, and transform. It gives expression not only to distant cultures and times, but also to immediate voices and issues, and provides avenues for exploring the world, past and present, and for informing our future. The museum’s broad collection lends itself to a variety of learning experiences for visitors of all ages.

Currently, the Nelson-Atkins is offering virtual programming options in lieu of onsite school tours and workshops. Additional virtual content can be accessed through Nelson-Atkins@Home, where you'll find videos, audio tours, activity pages, and other multimedia features to explore.


Lunch Notes

Please note that the museum does not have any indoor dining space where outside food can be consumed.

Bathroom Notes

Accessible and family bathrooms available.

Info

4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

+1 816-751-1278

ask@nelson-atkins.org

Sun
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues
Closed
Wed
Closed
Thur
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Subjects
Art, Visual Arts, Patterns, Native Americans, Cultural Connections, Animals, Myths & Legends, Social Justice, Current Events, History, Primary Sources, Colonial Times, Industrial Revolution, Immigration, Slavery, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, The Civil Rights Movement, African American History, Modern History, World War I & Ii, Ancient History, Medieval History, Westward Expansion, Social Studies, Writing
Activities
Virtual Field Trip, College Tour, Digital Resource, Family Programs, Field Trip, Movie, Partnership, Performance, Professional Development, School Based Program, School Partnership
Grades
12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, K, Preschool, Adult, Postsecondary
Cost
Free For City Schools, Scholarships Available
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Virtual Field Trip

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Curator for a Day

Ever wonder how an exhibition comes together? Learn about museum careers, think critically about works of art, and practice the skills needed to create a virtual exhibition of your own. This virtual experience does not include an Art Kit but will be supported by pre-and post-workshop digital resources. During the workshop, students will need access to a computer or other device either individually or in small groups.

Subjects Covered

art, visual arts

Grades
12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Indigenous Designs

Get inspired by patterns from around the world including works by historical and contemporary Native American artists. Put inspiration to work by designing a “parfleche” or folded case. Free art kits are available for this workshop and must be picked up at the museum prior to your scheduled workshop. Art kits include heavy paper and twine for the parfleche; students will need scissors and either oil pastels, crayons, or colored pencils to complete the art process. Please provide an accurate class count to ensure supplies are available for students in other groups as well.

Subjects Covered

patterns, native americans, cultural connections, art, visual arts

Grades
2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: My Mythical Creature

Discover dragons, mermaids, and other fantastic creatures in the Nelson-Atkins collection, then consider which features to include in an original “combination creature” collage. Free art kits are available for this workshop and must be picked up at the museum prior to your scheduled workshop. Art kits include a glue stick and a variety of paper for each student. Scissors, crayons, or markers are optional for completing the art process. Please provide an accurate class count to ensure supplies are available for students in other groups as well.

Subjects Covered

animals, cultural connections, art, visual arts, myths & legends

Grades
1, 2, 3, k, preschool
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Being Seen: Art for Social Change (3rd - 7th grades)

What can a portrait tell us about a person? How do artists depict the stories of an individual or a community through portraiture? Students in grades 3 through 6 are invited to explore identity through examining portraits. Students will learn to “read” a portrait, compare historical and contemporary portraits through interactive discussions, and consider the power of representation.

Subjects Covered

social justice, art, visual arts

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Being Seen: Art for Social Change (8th - 12th grades)

“The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible,” said writer Toni Cade Bambara. How have artists inspired, aided, and engaged with social movements? Together, we will consider how contemporary artists are challenging the narratives that make up our cultural history. Students will explore works of art that served as catalysts for social change and continue to spark discussions about justice and equality today.

Subjects Covered

social justice, current events, art, visual arts

Grades
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Bringing History Alive: Exploring Primary Sources

Discover how primary sources are an eye-witness account of the time and place in which they were made. Students will explore objects in two of the following collections: Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Native American.

Subjects Covered

history, cultural connections, visual arts, primary sources

Grades
5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Museum Unframed: Behind the Scenes at the Nelson-Atkins

Go behind the scenes of an art museum to learn about the people and processes involved in caring for and displaying works of art. Students will consider the function and purpose of museums, the science of art conservation, and the choices that go into preparing and presenting works of art to the public.

Subjects Covered

art, visual arts

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.