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Nelson-Atkins Museum

Nelson-Atkins Museum

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is between Oak Street and Rockhill Road on Cleaver II Boulevard. Its collection features more than 33,500 works of art and is one of the largest in the country.

The Bloch Building, the museum’s modern art wing, has drawn international acclaim. The pillared limestone Nelson-Atkins building, the main part of the museum, holds two floors full of classic paintings, furniture and sculptures. Rotating galleries visit the museum. Right now, special exhibitions of European-African art, modern pottery and “Solitary: Alienation in modern life” are showing.

Of course, the Nelson itself is a massive piece of art. Between the original and modern wings is a reflection pool. The museum features an expansive sculpture garden. At night, the sloping, white glass blocks of the modern wing are lit from within to create a street-long spectacular. That’s big art.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Federal Researve Bank of Kansas City, which contains the Money Mueseum

Federal Researve Bank of Kansas City, which contains the Money Mueseum

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In the sculpture garden fronting the Cleaver II Boulevard side of the museum lie the story-high shuttlecocks. Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the pieces were commissioned by the museum in 1994, according to www.nelson-atkins.org.

On their website, the husband-wife team say they responded to the formality of the museum by turning the lawn into the playing field and Nelson-Atkins building into the net. The four birdies weigh 5,500 pounds apiece and stand 15-20 feet high. The Sosland family donated the money for the commissioning and manufacturing of the pieces.

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Arrowhead Stadium is on the list of 27 potential World Cup sites for 2018 or 2022. The locations for both championships will be chosen late this December, www.kctv5.com reports. On its website, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) says it wants a location able to hold the many fans and provide ample comfort for the teams.

“This would be really big for the Kansas City economy,” entrepreneurship senior Preston Porter said. “It would be exciting both for the sports fans in Kansas City and for the businesses here.”

Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial

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Despite the small signs for the money museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the sights offered inside are big deals, and they’re free. Guided tours are available, or you can enjoy the only museum of its kind in the region on your own. Visitors are welcome 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Cash Vault is one of the largest functioning vaults in the region. A large viewing wall allows you to see how robots and bank employees move money safely within the secured area. While the daydreams all this money inspires might be more exciting than the simple monotony of clerks carting cash, the security systems are interesting.

The Truman Coin Collection represents a large national effort. The original collection was stolen in 1962. A New York Coin Dealer named Joseph Stack began working to recreate the collection. Ultimately, 167 different people donated coins and the new collection was given to the Truman Library in Independence. Coins from every presidential era of the national mint are represented. The coins are on loan to the Money Museum for a limited time.

Several interactive activities make learning about the Fed, banking and the American mint interesting. You can see what $40 million in cash looks like or understand the impact of inflation. One activity even lets you design your own money.

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The Liberty Memorial towers over the National World War I Museum near downtown. It commemorates the soldiers lost in the war. During good weather, visitors to the museum can climb the tower for a few extra bucks and get a birds-eye view of the city.

Of course, the museum, beneath the memorial, is pretty great on its own. The World War I Museum website recommends families visit together. You’ll have a great time going through the rooms of artifacts and learning how they were used.

The museum takes several hours to really enjoy. The rooms of guns, tanks, grenades and masks explain the nature of warfare at the time. And the halls of uniforms give one an understanding of the loyalty and intense focus on fraternity of fighting groups- each had their own badge and secret name.

The role of women in the war is also explained, followed by a room of interactive “wartime activities.” Along with the films, these activities show the war from both sides of the fighting lines. To exit the museum, one crosses a transparent bridge over a “field” of fake blood-red poppies, one for every soldier who died in the war.

jschleiden@unews.com

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