Nelson Atkins Museum of Art:
The world renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak) is one of Kansas City's most treasured gems. With amazing exhibits both inside and out--the Nelson-Atkins boasts one of the most impressive collections anywhere. With everything from ancient Egyptian sculptures and Japanese collection with more than 2,000 works of art ranging from the 10th century B.C.E. you could spend days looking at everything. Admission is free, although to see most special exhibits, a small fee is charged. The Bloch Building is the Nelson's newest venture and opened in June of 2007 featuring an impressive collection and special exhibits.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art:
With impressive permanent collection of both modern and contemporary art, the Kemper also has special exhibits throughout the year. The museum is free and open to the public and is also home to the romantic and delicious Café Sebastienne.
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library:
Harry S. Truman was not only the 33rd president of the United States--he was also an Independence, Missouri native. The Harry S. Truman Library (500 West U.S. Highway 24, Independence, MO) is home to an amazing collection of presidential artifacts (over 30,000) that includes everything from Presidential gifts that he and wife Bess received during office, political memorabilia and other artifacts from the Truman era. The Truman Library is also a well known research library and has a massive collection of photographs, motion picture collection as well as political cartoon exhibit.
Liberty Memorial and the National WW1 Museum:
Liberty Memorial and the WWI museum is the United States official WWI Museum and honors those who served in WWI and honors the memory of the sacrifices those who served made. This interactive exhibit shows the consequences WWI had and the impact it had on the US as a country. The museum and memorial serve as the leading educational institute and resource of WWI. Head to the top of the Liberty Memorial for some of the best 360 view of Kansas City.
Kansas City Museum:
Home of lumber pioneer and noted philanthropist, Robert A. Long, the Kansas City Museum is home to a huge collection of Kansas City history and artifacts. The Kansas City Museum is Kansas City's oldest and largest museum of our local history. The museum is currently under restoration and the collection is limited. Please check their website for changes in admission prices, events and hours.
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is truly an experience--which is also free and open to the public. It's here you'll watch millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC's Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins. Walk-in and guided tours are available and all guests undergo a security screening. If you are over 18, you'll need to bring your ID. Call 816-881-2683 for more information.
Toy and Miniature Museum: www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org/
Home to the largest collection of classic toys, miniatures, and marbles in the Midwest, the Toy and Miniature Museum is impressive to those young and old. It also holds the largest collection of famed miniature artist Bill Robertson. Located just south of the UMKC campus (5235 Oak Street), the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.