The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Top choice in Kansas City

Giant badminton shuttlecocks (the building represents the net) surround this encyclopedic museum, which has standout European painting, photography and Asian art collections. With free entry, a gorgeous sculpture garden and an expansive collection from top-tier artists, what's not to like? Blockbuster special exhibits carry admission fees.

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