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.

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

Belger Arts Center 
Connecting art and community, the Belger Arts Center has staged over 70 large-scale exhibitions that represent some of the best in contemporary 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.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum 
From humble beginnings through his rise to become the most powerful man in the world. Experience the eventful and triumphant life of Harry S. Truman, America’s 33rd president. 

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
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.

Museum at Prairiefire
A towering Tyrannosaurus rex. Colossal sea creatures. Soaring reptiles from our ancient Kansan past. Live animal encounters, dinosaur digs, and missions to Space in a Virtual Reality experience.

National WWI Museum and Memorial 
Steeped in history, the National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.

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. From ancient to contemporary works of art ... The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art celebrates diverse cultures through exhibitions, festivals, dancing, talks, tours and classes.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
The museum presents many of the region's most important exhibitions of leading-edge contemporary art, as well as dynamic and diverse educational programming.

National Frontier Trails Museum
The National Frontier Trails Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted to the three great western routes: the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. The museum highlights the unique features of each trail and their dramatic impact on American History.

Plaza Art Fair
Annual arts fair that takes place in the Country Club Plaza, includes local and national exhibiting artists, live music, children’s art workshops and other ArtsKC experiences.

Science City at Union Station
Let curiosity be your guide, as you explore this dynamic, hands-on science center! Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs.

Spencer Museum of Art 
Located on the University of Kansas campus, the Spencer Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural center that sparks curiosity, inspires creativity, and creates connections among people through art.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attraction: a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-19th century.

The Money Museum 
Learn about the economy through hands-on exhibits for all ages, located in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 

The National Museum of Toys / Miniatures 
Located on the University of Missouri - Kansas City campus, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.

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

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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