Collections

Recognized internationally as one of the finest general art museums in the United States, the Nelson-Atkins currently maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art. Our vast holdings provide the opportunity to create new connections and unique experiences at every turn.

The African Art collection spans about 2,500 years and showcases historically significant works in a variety of materials that display the talent and extraordinary craftsmanship of Africa’s artists, past and present. More…

The Nelson-Atkins collection of American art includes painting, sculpture and works on paper made in the United States from the 18th century through World War II. More…

The American Indian collection encompasses all North American culture areas and spans pre European contact to the present day. More…

Spanning over 4,000 years, from the 4th millennium B.C.E. to the 7th century C.E., the ancient art collection at the Nelson-Atkins brilliantly represents the great civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. More…

From medieval stained glass to 21st-century furniture, the decorative arts collection includes American and European domestic architecture, furniture, metalwork, glass, textiles and ceramics. More…

The Chinese collection is acclaimed as one of the finest in the West. With more than 7,000 works spanning 5,000 years, the collection comprises masterpieces from every phase and in every medium of China’s artistic activity. More…

The Nelson-Atkins encompasses an outstanding collection of contemporary art in diverse media surveying work from 1960 to the present. More…

The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is a 22-acre oasis in an urban setting. The collection began in 1986 when the Hall Family Foundation acquired 57 works by artist Henry Moore. More…

The collection of European painting and sculpture contains approximately 900 works of art ranging from the medieval period to the late 19th century. More…

The Japanese collection contains more than 2,000 works of art ranging from the 7th century C.E. to the early 20th century. More…

The collection of Modern Art includes paintings, sculptures and drawings from 1900 to 1959 representing Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism. More…

The Photography Collection encompasses the medium’s history, from 1839 to the present, with strengths in American masterworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. More…

The prints collection, with more than 6,000 examples, is one of the largest collections in the museum. More…

The Nelson-Atkins is home to more than 1,100 objects of South and Southeast Asian art, Himalayan art and Islamic art from West Asia. More…