The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is part of a culturally rich midtown neighborhood just east of the Country Club Plaza.
The residential area was imagined by our founder William Rockhill Nelson, who championed beauty through landscaping, distinctive architecture and boulevards. Stately homes and apartment buildings are part of the Southmoreland and Rockhill neighborhoods, which are home to a diverse population that ranges from art students to retired professionals.
Southmoreland Park to the west and Theis Park to the south of the museum are city-owned green spaces that help create an oasis in the heart of Kansas City. The Nelson-Atkins for nearly 60 years has owned property to the east of the museum, known as the Laura Nelson Kirkwood Home. The stone house was built in 1910 for Mr. Nelson’s daughter, Laura. The museum also owns four homes to the north of the Nelson-Atkins, along 45th Street.
The future holds exciting promise as the museum, the City of Kansas City, neighbors and area institutions discuss possibilities for connecting public spaces to create a more dynamic and more livable area.