In 1993, leaders of the Nelson-Atkins took a moment to reflect on the first 60 years of the Museum’s history. One thing that was clear was the Museum’s dedication to being a vital partner to the community of Kansas City.
After careful consideration, the decision was made to create a renewed and enlarged Museum that would better engage, educate and serve the community and the region, as well as audiences and scholars from around the world.
At the heart of the Nelson-Atkins’ transformation is the Bloch Building, a significant work of contemporary architecture by Steven Holl Architects that is woven harmoniously into the surrounding landscape of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park .
The Museum’s transformation project included additional milestones such as a new parking garage and entrance plaza, the completion and opening of the Ford Learning Center and numerous renovations and restorations of the original Nelson-Atkins Building.
On June 9, 2007, the Nelson-Atkins unveiled a boldly transformed campus with the opening of the Bloch Building, marking a new era of distinction as one of the nation’s premier art museums.