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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Address: 3613 Bell St, Kansas City, MO 64111-3911
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Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings,...

Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings, and both are preserved at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. A trip to the home and studio of the renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer offers a glimpse into how the talented Benton lived and worked. Benton converted half of the carriage house into his art studio, which remains as he left it. Visitors can still see coffee cans full of paintbrushes, numerous paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another of his masterpieces. Thomas Hart Benton died in his studio in 1975.

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If you are a Benton fan you will enjoy his home. The house and studio look like the couple just stepped out. Pretty much has been left the way it was when his wife died. I hope... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
MarthaAnne1953
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a Benton fan you will enjoy his home. The house and studio look like the couple just stepped out. Pretty much has been left the way it was when his wife died. I hope the state finds some money to do some maintenance work on the home and grounds as they look pretty tired. Otherwise - I... More 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great learning experience for me to visit the Thomas Hart Benton Home. I loved the studio, house and the decision to leave it untouched. Our guide was so informative and knew so much about Tom and his family. I love the gustiness of his wife! Have a new respect for his paintings. My book club went after reading... More 

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Birgu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in art. Thomas Benton was controversial during his life and visiting his home and studio sheds light on his character, formative influences and his family. We were very lucky to have an extremely good guide, a student in al local high school with an obvious passion for the artist,... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a nice and modest house in a nice, old neighborhood. Learn how the artist worked and lived. The tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. There is a small charge for the tour. It doesn't take long and is well worth it.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio is one of my favorite tucked-away places in Kansas City. It not only lets you see the studio space where Benton created his distinctive work -- still with his brushes and all the accoutrements that were there in his day -- but allows you inside the Benton family's home. It too is preserved... More 

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is one of Kansas City's hidden destinations. Located in an historic neighborhood, Benton's studio and home are preserved. The tour offers visitors a chance to see where the artist painted, with insights into how he created his work. I loved seeing and hearing about his initial sketches and how he used the natural light to paint. It was also... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

His senous undulating landscapes inbwarm colors brough hope to the First Great Depression era Art lovers. His home is a great must see when its open.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

One big advantage of artist home museums is that you get to focus totally on one artist and Thomas Hart Benton's home is certainly one of those. The guide was great and had many insightful comments into his work and times. Worthwhile visit.

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Gallatin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Very interesting personal tour. Staff was great. The tour started in the studio and progressed to the home. The staff was very knowledgeable and gladly answered questions. Visiting would be difficult for those with limited mobility.

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Thank Melinda D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

All of the original furniture and studio materials still in place. It is like the artist just stepped out for a few minutes but you can still feel his artistic spirit and the love. It helps you to appreciate Thomas Hart Benton's art even more once you stood in the studio where he created them. The tour guide was passionate... More 

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