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World's Most Beautiful Museums: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City, MO

Bruce Matthews

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City, MO

The original limestone building, with its Ionic columns and grand, almost temple-like Neoclassical design, dates back to the 1930s. In 2007, the museum got a renovation and a modern extension: a series of five cubes or “lenses” made of clear and translucent glass designed by Steven Holl. The lenses are integrated with the surrounding landscape, following the slope of the lawn, and they’re a dramatic, yet complementary counterpoint.

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