These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities

World-class museums, edgy puppet theaters and out-of-the-way bookstores: Travel + Leisure readers ranked America’s biggest cities by their cultural street cred.

4. Kansas City

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As the No. 1 city for affordability, Kansas City offers serious bang for your cultural buck. Its three main museums—The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (home to one of the few Caravaggios in the United States), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art—all boast free admission. KC also scored in the top 5 for concerts, which could include the Lyric Opera at the iconic Kauffman Center, or sets at the Blue Room, the venue inside the American Jazz Museum. And while Kansas City won the survey for barbecue, it also made the top five for its interesting chef-driven cuisine—like the Crosstown District’s Grünauer, helmed by Viennese chef Peter Grünauer, which offers a Germanic Sunday brunch, or frühschoppen.

These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities

4. Kansas City

As the No. 1 city for affordability, Kansas City offers serious bang for your cultural buck. Its three main museums—The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (home to one of the few Caravaggios in the United States), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art—all boast free admission. KC also scored in the top 5 for concerts, which could include the Lyric Opera at the iconic Kauffman Center, or sets at the Blue Room, the venue inside the American Jazz Museum. And while Kansas City won the survey for barbecue, it also made the top five for its interesting chef-driven cuisine—like the Crosstown District’s Grünauer, helmed by Viennese chef Peter Grünauer, which offers a Germanic Sunday brunch, or frühschoppen.

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