“The soul has greater need of the ideal than of the real.”
—Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Be inspired by the treasures of the Nelson-Atkins. Discover the rich collections that comprise this world-class art museum by exploring select works ranging from ancient times to modern day. Learn what exhibitions are currently on view and how the Museum cares for its priceless treasures. Find out how Kansas City’s prized Museum began and the secrets behind its neoclassical beauty.