KC3Now that spring has sprung out here in the greater Kansas City, MO area I have been doing some more exploring of my new environs. Like most places I visit, the first thing I like to check out are the cultural opportunities. Thankfully, Missouri’s largest city has many cultural gems, including the world class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

About the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: “The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists.”

It may not be New York’s Met, the Chicago’s Art Institute, or Boston’s MFA, but the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a true gem of a museum that is definitely worth a visit. In addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the museum host many special exhibitions, including the current Roads of Arabia exhibition running now through July 6, 2014.

KC4About the Roads of Arabia exhibition at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: “This landmark exhibition presents more than 7,000 years of largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula. Roads of Arabia examines the impact of ancient trade routes that traversed the peninsula, carrying precious frankincense and myrrh to the Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman world and allowing for a vibrant exchange of both objects and ideas. With the later rise of Islam, pilgrimage roads converged on Mecca (Makkah) and gradually replaced the well-traveled incense roads. Roads of Arabia is an unprecedented assembly of more than 200 recently excavated objects, none of which had been seen outside of Saudi Arabia until 2010.”

Browse the the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection online here.

Check out the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s current exhibitions here.