Event Space
Atkins Auditorium

Atkins Auditorium blends up-to-date audio/visual capabilities with a gracious setting. The coffered ceiling and highly polished wooden stage create a handsome setting for an annual shareholders meeting or a distinguished speaker. The acoustics are well-suited for film, voice and music.

Capacity: 500
Rental Availability: Tuesday-Sunday

Rental Cost:
Up to 4 hours $1,200
Up to 6 hours $1,500
Up to 8 hours $1,800
Additional hours: $300 per hour

Discounts Available for Selected Membership Tiers and 501c3 Groups


  • Audio-Visual equipment
  • Museum staff: Event Planning, Security & Visitor Service, Maintenance and Engineering

Additional Services Available

  • Audio-visual staff
  • Assistance with rentals, flowers and musicians
  • Underground parking available for $10 per car


  • There is no food or beverage permitted in the auditorium
  • Rozzelle Court Restaurant is the exclusive caterer for events at the Nelson-Atkins
  • The museum is a smoke-free institution
  • For the safety and well being of guests, the client will be responsible for an additional security cost ($100 every 30 minutes) if any guest(s) stays beyond the designated closure time

For Reservations
Please contact the Event Planning Department at 816-751-1234 or events@nelson-atkins.org