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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art


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The acclaimed Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. In addition to gallery spaces, the free museum houses an indoor courtyard, a café, a museum shop and a meeting room. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and installations, performance work, a film and video series, lectures, concerts and children's workshops.

Kemper Museum's Highlights

  • The Kemper's permanent collection is virtually a Who's Who among contemporary artists — including works by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keeffe.
  • Each year, the museum presents 10-12 special exhibitions. The group and solo artist exhibitions feature established, mid-career and emerging artists from around the world.
  • The museum's acclaimed restaurant, Café Sebastianne, pairs innovative culinary creations with an artful setting. The Café has garnered four-star reviews in The Kansas City Star, and secured high praise by Zagat.
  • The museum gift shop features one-of-a-kind works of art for sale, as well as exhibition catalogues, posters and note cards.
  • The Kemper East building houses additional gallery space and administrative offices.

The museum is visited by approx. 130,000 people per year.

The Kemper Museum opened to the public on October 2, 1994, after two years of construction. At the core of the museum's permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift by the museum's founder R. Crosby Kemper and his wife Bebe, and the Kemper Foundations. Since the Kemper Museum's opening, its permanent collection has more than tripled.

From the air, the building's dynamic architecture-designed by Gunnar Birkerts-resembles a bird in flight. Nearby: One of the nation's most comprehensive general art museums, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is less than two blocks away. Or browse the outdoor art, sculptures and fountains at the Country Club Plaza.


4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111 Location Description: At 45th Street and Warwick Boulevard, just north of the Country Club Plaza.


GPS Coordinates

1 -- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Decimal Lat: 39.04705722808361 / Lon: -94.58435773849489



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