Watch Our Stories

There are many fascinating stories about the people, the history and the art at the Nelson-Atkins. Click on the images below to watch some of the key moments that have shaped the museum.
  • Mrs. Bloch’s Portrait
    Henry Bloch tells the story of commissioning an artist to paint his late wife Marion’s portrait.
  • Collecting Fun
    Donald J. Hall and his late wife, Adele, counted art collecting as one of their most cherished pastimes and recount some of their fondest memories.
  • Avril and Pissaro
    Henry Bloch has many fascinating stories about his years of collecting; watch him discuss the intricacies of two of his acquisitions.
  • Museum Future
    Henry Bloch, Morton and Estelle Sosland, and Donald J. Hall and his late wife, Adele, are intimately familiar with the Nelson-Atkins’ past. Listen in as they discuss their ideas for the future of the museum.
  • Kids & Art
    The late Adele Hall adored her grandchildren and imparted to them her love of art.
  • The Seal Bowl
    Morton Sosland talks about his favorite piece in the entire museum, and its deep spiritual meaning to Native Americans.
  • Museum Changes
    The Nelson-Atkins has undergone many changes through the years; Henry Bloch, Morton and Estelle Sosland, and Donald and Adele Hall discuss what they feel have been the biggest shifts.
  • Bloch Building Planning
    A small committee was formed to plan the museum expansion that eventually became the Bloch Building.
  • Bloch Building Reaction
    Despite the overwhelmingly positive international acclaim the Bloch Building has received, there was some initial negative reaction from the public, which troubled many donors, including the late Adele Hall. Listen to her and husband Donald J. Hall discuss the reaction to the building they call a jewel.
  • Shuttlecocks
    The story of the iconic Shuttlecocks as told by the man responsible for commissioning the work, Morton Sosland.
  • Discovering Our Caravaggio
    In the early 1950's, Jean Green and her parents, Barbara and Milton McGreevy, who was a trustee of the Nelson-Atkins, were traveling in Europe when a London art dealer showed them the painting that would become one of the Nelson-Atkins' greatest treasures.
  • Julián and David Douglas Duncan
    Internationally-acclaimed photographer David Douglas Duncan, born in Kansas City, welcomes Julián to his home in the South of France. In 2013, Duncan gave the Nelson-Atkins 161 photographs, all but two taken over a period of nearly two decades at the home of Pablo Picasso. When the Picasso photographs were exhibited, the museum gave visitors more than 20,000 copies of Duncan's magnificent autobiography Photo Nomad.
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