Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour, Kansas City

The Kansas City Crossroads District has become one of the trendiest art communities in the Midwest. The former industrial and warehouse area now is where many progressive art spots have established themselves. Have a look at some of the grandest and edgiest art in the Crossroads!
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Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour Map

Guide Name: Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour
Guide Location: USA » Kansas City (See other walking tours in Kansas City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: ChristineT
Belger Arts Centre

1) Belger Arts Centre

The Belger Arts Center (BAC) is a non-profit organization that houses a fine art collection as well as holding exhibitions of various art. The Center stages three exhibitions a year. Since 2000 the BAC has launched exhibitions of ceramics, painting, sculpture, digital photographic projections, black and white photography, and more. In addition to the exhibitions, the BAC houses the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation collection, which includes more than 1,500 pieces of fine art, mainly from American artists of the late 20th century. Extensive holdings of works by Jasper Johns, William Christenberry, Renee Stout, Robert Stackhouse, Terry Winters, Terry Allen, and William Wiley allow the BAC to loan complete retrospectives of those artists to museums around the country.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4pm; First Friday of the month: 10 am - 9 pm

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2010 Gallery

2) 2010 Gallery

Also known as Park Place Gallery, the 2010 Gallery brings out works of artists from around the globe and continues to be one of the leading art galleries in the Midwest. The gallery feature fine arts, photography and sculpture, while also helping art admirers to wisely start or continue with their own art collection.

Operation hours: First Friday of the month: 5 pm - 10 pm; at other times by appointment
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

3) Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Located in an old 1880s converted warehouse, the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art is one of the most popular art spots in the Crossroads district. Established in 1985, the gallery boasts outrageously interesting, sometimes cutting edge, art, installations, paintings and photography by locally famous artists. The gallery's art space has always something to come and see.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

4) Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center is next door to Sherry Leedy Art. The gallery was established in 1985 by Jim Leedy, evolving into a gallery that promotes local talents that has very good intuition in visual installations and sculpture. The gallery's facade is framed by two eye-catching anthropological sculptures, promising more surprises inside.

Operation hours: Thursday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Byron C. Cohen Gallery

5) Byron C. Cohen Gallery

Byron C. Cohen Gallery was established in 1994 and has become one of the most prestigious galleries in the Kansas City Crossroads art community. Its founder, Byron Cohen, had established partnership with many of Missouri's art museums by offering a platform for many young American artists and artist from overseas. The gallery features fine visual art, very recently promoting contemporary art from China.

Operation hours: Only by appointment
Blue Gallery

6) Blue Gallery

Blue Gallery will surely become one of your favorite Kansas City art spots. Established in a converted warehouse building, the loft space will surprise you with air and light that frames the art work around. While the visual impression is to be admired, you can't help but notice how cool the atmosphere is, and not as cutting-edge as some neighborhood galleries.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5:30 pm; First Friday of the month: 10 am – 9 pm
Kemper at the Crossroads

7) Kemper at the Crossroads

Kemper at the Crossroads is a new art destination of the famous Kansas City Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently opened in Missouri's trendiest art spot, the gallery was not lost among resident youngsters, actively promoting fine arts of some of the most promising American artists. The museum features special events and exhibitions, bringing to the public some very edgy pieces.

Operation hours: Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Grand Arts

8) Grand Arts

Grand Arts Studio is an open art studio established in 1995. Being more an art laboratory than a traditional exhibition space, there are usually loads to observe and admire about the art process and the showroom of the young promising artists. The public is always welcomed to observe evolving art projects.

Operation hours: Thursday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Hilliard Gallery

9) Hilliard Gallery

The Hillard Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in Kansas City. Founded in 1974, it initially was located at Country Club Plaza and just recently moved to the Crossroads District. The gallery feature contemporary art by national artists, with some large exhibition spaces. This must-see art spot will surprise you with its fine art exhibitions and concepts.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Dot Gallery

10) Dot Gallery

The DOT Gallery is for sure the coziest gallery in the district. The gallery is located on the second floor of a spacious loft, bringing a home-like, relaxed atmosphere. Featuring mainly found art, the gallery always welcomes the public with a kitchen and living-room, along with the art. Do not miss it!

Walking Tours in Kansas City, Missouri

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kansas City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and its name is derived from the Kansas Indians who lived along the Missouri River. The city is famous for its contribution to jazz and blues, as well as cuisine – the well-known Kansas City-style BBQ. Stroll around and admire the Art Deco styling, browse the museums, the eclectic shops, check the riverboat casinos, or relax in a jazz club. You can get to know more about all of these in the following tourist guide.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

The Kansas City Plaza has become popular as a 15-block district full of shops and fine restaurants. The Plaza gives visitors the opportunity to be delighted by the representative architectural monuments like the Giralda Tower, and the J. C. Nichols Fountain, and also by museums such as The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Country Club Plaza has ranked in the top 60 of the world's greatest places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Kansas City History Tour

Kansas City History Tour

Kansas City is the biggest city in Missouri. It covers 318 square miles (820 km2) of land. The city was founded in 1838, and being several times a battle field during the Civil War left its stamp on the city's architectural styles. Kansas city is also famous for its contribution to cuisine and music styles, such as blues and jazz. The city is rich in historic monuments and edifices, such as Mainstreet Theater, Lewis and Clark Memorial, and the New York Life Building.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City's northern downtown is sprinkled with interesting landmarks. It is especially famous for having some remarkable early skyscrapers dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The new Charles Evans Whitaker Courthouse and neighboring Old St. Patrick Oratory offer some new beauty as well. Have a look at these landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Kansas City's downtown is rich in historic neighborhoods. The Crown Center area, right near Union Hill, offers some of the greatest Kansas City landmarks, such as Liberty Memorial, the Union Station and the Crown Center Entertainment Complex itself. Take a walk to see all the memorable sights!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown

Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown

Kansas City's downtown is rich in landmarks. The southern part is a nice mixture of skyscraper architecture and period buildings, such as the Mainland Theatre and St. Mary Episcopal Church, and it also hosts the Kansas City Power & Light District, famous for its night entertainment venues. Take a tour through all these outstanding places that are landmarks in the southern area of Kansas City's downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kansas City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kansas City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kansas City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.