Missouri may be known as the "Show Me" state, but Kansas City, MO is also known for many places of interest, not least of which is the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. Located on Belleview Avenue, the house in which this gifted artist lived and created in work also serves as a museum of sorts, offering visitors a glimpse into the life and work of Thomas Hart Benton. Yet surprisingly, many natives to the Kansas City area are unfamiliar with the profound influence of this gifted artist--a situation which many seemingly wish to remedy, as evidenced by the care of the home and studio.
Born in 1889, Hart Benton developed an interest in art early in life--an interest which only increased as he grew older. In fact, according to the flyer provided by the site, his artistic talents led him to be commissioned to paint the mural in the Missouri state Capitol. Hart Benton also served in the capacity of teacher and doting father.
Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm, the cost of experiencing this remarkable, yet obscure place is nominal: only $2.50 for adults. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to not only view this grand house (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), but also to view originals and reproductions of Hart Benton's work.