Step into an art museum and immediately feel transported to a different world. Footsteps echo softly through the building. Cool air keeps visitors comfortable and priceless art protected. Works by remarkable artists line every wall. In Missouri, each part of the state possesses its own wonderful art scene.
Celebrate artistic successes at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia. Opening its doors in January 2002, the collection, which totals more than 1,000 works, includes art by some of the most revered American artists. View pieces by such iconic artists as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein and Julian Schnabel, plus works by well-known Missouri artists.
Missouri artists are well represented in the State Historical Society of Missouri Art Galleries in Columbia, where the galleries pay special homage to two of Missouri's most famous artists: George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton. The Society holds one of the largest collections of paintings by Bingham, including, Order No. 11. Visitors interested in the World War II era have the opportunity to view the Year of Peril series by Thomas hart Benton, containing some of his best-known work. Also, the galleries house a large collection of editorial cartoons.
In southwest Missouri, the Springfield Art Museum offers a dozen galleries, holding more than 8,000 objects. These pieces represent thousands of years of culture. Special collections include 19th, 20th and 21st century American paintings; watercolors; sculptures; and prints.
In St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on the campus of Washington University, showcases works from the 1800s to modern day. The museum's permanent collection contains works by such luminaries as Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and American abstractionist Jackson Pollock.
A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph displays masterworks from the past four centuries. The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri and Edward Hopper. A wide variety of special programs compliment the Museum’s exhibitions, including child and adult art classes, gallery talks, film series, and live performances.
In Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels in the city's vibrant art scene. This museum enjoys international recognition for having one of the finest collections in the world. Explore room after room of African, Asian, American Indian and European Art. Step outside to see the wonderful pieces in the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park.
For a truly one-of-a-king museum experience, visit the National Silk Art Museum in Weston. The museum exhibits the world's largest collection of woven silk tapestries (more than 300) produced 200 years ago on punch-card mechanical looms. Every tapestry in the collection is a digitized copy of an original painting by one of more than 85 Master Artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.
There are hundreds, even thousands of museums in Missouri, ranging from one-room schoolhouses to institutions of national and international importance. Seek them out. Post your comments on our VisitMO Facebook page.