The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Now that I had some sleep (and sanity returned!) it was time to see some more of Kansas City. Today we went to the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

I can’t believe this place is free—it’s worth a $50 admission. It was obvious it was my first time at the museum as soon as we stepped inside.

“Is that a Rodin?” I hissed. I grabbed my daughter’s arm and pulled her close. “A real Rodin? I’ve only seen one in my life!” The museum curator indulged me with a smile and spared me by NOT pointing out that yes, it was a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor, and that they had a whole collection of them.

The museum has such variety it blew my mind. From paintings to giant Buddhas, ancient carvings of Christ and an actual mummy, we could have spent a week in there and still have barely absorbed this place. Because it’s free, it’s a no-brainer that we will be repeat visitors.

One of my favorite highlights was getting to view Monet’s Water Lilies up close and for real. Because of my middle name—Yuriko means water lily—I have been sent cpies of this painting all my life. Calendars, mugs, cards… but to see it in reality, giant and sharing my air space, was incredible. I’ve never thought of myself as an aficionado of art. This place could change that.

After four hours we had barely even begun to explore this brilliant treasure. I look forward to coming back soon. With such creative energy at the heart of Kansas City, it’s no wonder this city is so great.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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