The best museums in Kansas City in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Kansas City, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Kansas City:

  1. Nelson-atkins Museum of Art1

    Nelson-atkins Museum of Art

    Kansas City
    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City , Missouri , known for its encyclopedic collection of art from nearly every continent and culture, and especially for its extensive collection of Asian art . In 2007, Time magazine ranked the museum's new Bloch Building number one on it
  2. National World War I Museum2

    National World War I Museum

    Kansas City
    The only museum in the U.S. that is dedicated to WWI. Admirable collection of artifacts, short movie clips, interactive elements. A must see!
  3. Kansas City Zoo3

    Kansas City Zoo

    Kansas City
    The Kansas City Zoo is a 202-acre (82 ha) zoo founded in 1909. It is located in Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, Missouri , in the United States. The zoo has a Friends of the Zoo program. It is home to more than 1,300 animals and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquari
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  5. National Museum of Toys and Miniatures4

    National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

    Kansas City
    The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures , formerly known as the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum, is located on the campus of the University of Missouri Kansas City . (Bequeathed to the University in the 1960s, the home was originally designed for physician Herbert Tureman in 1906 by noted ar
  6. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art5

    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Kansas City
    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 in Kansas City, Missouri . With a $5 million annual budget and approximately 75,000 visitors each year, it is Missouri's first and largest contemporary museum.
  7. The Money Museum6

    The Money Museum

    Kansas City
    From a viewing area you can have a look on vault robots, plus hands on activities for your children.
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  9. Kansas City Museum7

    Kansas City Museum

    Kansas City
    The Kansas City Museum is a museum located in Kansas City , Missouri , United States. Housed in a historic 1910 Beaux-Arts style mansion and private estate of lumber baron and civic leader Robert A. Long , the Kansas City Museum became a public museum in 1940. Seventy-five years later, the museum is
  10. American Jazz Museum8

    American Jazz Museum

    Kansas City
    The American Jazz Museum is a jazz museum in the historic 18th and Vine district of Kansas City , Missouri . The museum preserves the history of American jazz music, with exhibits on Charlie Parker , Duke Ellington , Louis Armstrong , Ella Fitzgerald and others. Nested within the museum is a fully
  11. Steamboat Arabia Museum9

    Steamboat Arabia Museum

    Kansas City
    The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a history museum in Kansas City, Missouri , housing artifacts salvaged from the Arabia , a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856. The 30,000-square-foot museum opened on November 13, 1991, in the Kansas City River Market . The partners of River Salvage Inc.
  12. Hallmark Visitors Center10

    Hallmark Visitors Center

    Kansas City
    An unique center showing remarkable history of Hallmark company. Past TV commercials, card-making process demonstrated. Admission free!
  13. Harris-kearney House11

    Harris-kearney House

    Kansas City
  14. Sea Life Kansas City12

    Sea Life Kansas City

    Kansas City
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  16. Airline History Museum13

    Airline History Museum

    Kansas City
  17. Science City14

    Science City

    Kansas City
  18. John Wornall House Museum15

    John Wornall House Museum

    Kansas City
  19. American Royal Museum16

    American Royal Museum

    Kansas City
    Interactive exhibits, hands-on displays and kid-friendly stuff documenting the livestock industry in the area. Experience the rodeo!
  20. 17

    Belger Arts Center

    Kansas City
    The Belger Arts Center ( BAC ) is a non-profit organization located in Kansas City , Missouri . It houses a fine art collection and also holds exhibitions of various art.
  21. 18

    Black Archives of Mid-america

    Kansas City
    Dedicated to collecting and preserving the rich history of African Americans. Lots of artifacts to see. Come if interested!
  22. 19

    Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

    Kansas City
    Educational and discovery center surrounded by amazing landscape with ponds, native plants and trails. Green hidden gem of KC.
  23. 20

    Battle of Westport Visitor Center

    Kansas City

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