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Albrecht-Kemper Museum Of Art

2818 Frederick Avenue

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art has one of the finest collections of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century American art in the Midwest region. Through special exhibitions, educational programs, performance events and publications, the Albrecht-Kemper serves as a cultural arts center for Northwest Missouri.

The Museum originated in 1913 with the foundation of the St. Joseph Art League--twelve women who sought to increase public awareness and understanding of the arts.

With the hope of establishing a public art museum in St. Joseph, the League acquired the William Merritt Chase painting A Venetian Balcony. This purchase, made in 1915 with funds raised at performances, teas and a special showing of the painting in a local department store, became the first work in the Museum's collection.

The League opened the Albrecht Gallery in 1966 in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. William Albrecht. At the initiation of a major building expansion in 1991, the Museum became The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, honoring the patronage of Mr. R. Crosby Kemper.

Through the generosity of the Kemper family and foundations, and many other enthusiastic supporters, the Museum's collection has grown to include colonial portraits, a rich holding of American landscape paintings, as well as distinguished examples of American Impressionism.

An important Mary Cassatt pastel, Mother Looking Down Embracing Both of Her Children, is a study for an oil of the same subject now hanging in the White House. Other highlights include urban realist paintings from the 'Ashcan School', Custer's Last Stand by the influential regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, exciting contemporary works by recent American masters and one of the region's most comprehensive holdings of 19th- and 20th-century works on paper.


Christina Whalen

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Almost unnoticeable from the street and looks old and run down from the outside, but that can not be more than the opposite of the truth for the inside. It's beautiful inside. Helped host a luncheon there. They were more than accommodating and the food was impressive as all get out. Highly recommend for anyone needing a venue, likes art, or is a museum buff.

Frank Stevenson

Sunday, July 1, 2018
I love this place!! I've been here many times to see both their Classic and Modern art.

Neva Ymaxe

Monday, May 28, 2018
Honestly, I only go there to play Pokémon GO, but it's a good gym and they didn't chase me out of their lot so... Good place!

Leo Mazow

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a wonderful collection of American art, and don’t miss the works on paper downstairs.

John Crusader

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Wonderful building ( downstairs is like stepping back in time), friendly staff, beautiful art, don't miss it!!!

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