Nelson-Atkins is first in Yelp’s ranking of best U.S. museums; World War I museum is fifth

Just call us culture city.

Kansas City is home to the country’s best — and fifth best — museums, according to Yelp.

That would be the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National World War I Museum and Memorial, respectively.

On Monday, a USA Today story listed Yelp’s guide to the nation’s top 20 museums. It explained that Yelp’s rankings were “based on number of reviews and overall star rating.”

On Yelp, Nelson-Atkins and has a five-star rating from 236 reviews. USA Today noted that “locals rave about the museum grounds, specifically the sculpture gardens including giant shuttlecocks. Even better, museum admission is free.”

Indeed, those are some of the highlights of the reviews.

Here’s one from Leslie T. of Houston: “Look, I am just going to say it... I have been to the Louvre, the Musee de Orsay, the Uffizi, The Accademia and many famous galleries in the US. The Nelson has always been my favorite. It’s not overwhelming. Yet it’s filled with a remarkable collection of works from so many eras and so many artists both known and mostly unknown.”

And this one from Benjamin B. of Ohio: “Just go see it... It’s free anyway! What do you have to lose? Parking? $8. I can barely even buy a decent sandwich for $8 let alone a day worth of magnificent art to feed your mind.”

The Nelson-Atkins bested New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which claimed the no. 3 spot.

At no. 5 is the World War I Museum. On Yelp, it has a five-star rating from 135 reviews. USA Today writes: “World War I history buffs rejoice! Get lost in exhibits that recreate the view from the trenches and display thousands of archived documents and objects from wartime in the early 1900s.”

A scroll through the reviews show visitors appreciated the interactive exhibits.

From the most recent reviewer Jeffrey L. of Albuquerque, N.M.: “Overall: great museum that gives a broad understanding of the changing world before and during WWI. Pros: great displays, lots of mementos from the time period, interactive computer tables, good short films, the tower has a great view,...and everything else. Cons: can’t think of a single one.”

Missouri also had another museum on the top 20 list: the City Museum in St. Louis.