Kansas City Gems – Bloch Galleries – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A Kansas City Gem

Bloch Galleries

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson Atkins Art Museum of Art Kansas City / bwb-images

Nelson Atkins Art Museum of Art Kansas City / ©Bruce W Bean, bwb-images

Kansas City recently added another Gem to it’s array of outstanding activities and venues which make it a top destination for visitors to America’s Heartland.  Opened in March of 2017, the Bloch Galleries bring to the already outstanding art works at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a truly world class presentation of art from the Bloch Family collection.  ( If the Bloch name sounds familiar, yes this is the Kansas City family who founded and developed the “H&R Bloch” company  into a nationwide powerhouse in the tax preparation field.) Marion and Henry Bloch gathered together Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art which was one of the most outstanding collections held in private hands.  Their recent generous gift of the collection to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is now housed in new galleries – The Bloch Galleries – funded from the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation.

The Galleries and masterpieces speak for themselves.  Join me for a visual stroll and an opportunity to view some of the outstanding pieces in the galleries.

When visiting a map can be helpful

Arched entrance to the wing housing the Galleries

Main entrance to the Galleries

European Art Gallery (1900-1945), one of 7 galleries in the Bloch Galleries

The Croquet Party – Edouard Manet


The Flowered Hat – Auguste Renoir


Olive Orchard – Vincent Van Gogh

 Man With A Pipe – Paul Cezanne

Dancer Making Points – Edgar Degas

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Galleries are brilliant and the works are truly masterpieces.  Can you imagine having a collection of such works in your home?!  The works shown are just a small part of the collection.  There are more – many more.  I hope you enjoyed this taste of The Bloch Galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  The next time you are in Kansas City you might consider putting the Galleries on your “must see” list.

Visit The Bloch Galleries in KC ….. And Enjoy the Adventure!


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