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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Beautiful venue for amazing performances

I've attended several Lyric Opera events here. You feel like you are in a whole new world whether... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lawrence, Kansas
Really pretty view

The Kauffman has two main theaters, and both of them are gorgeous, but what is really wonderful is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charles S
Kansas City, Missouri
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1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-1229
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 November 2014

The architecture is second only to the outstanding acoustics of the music hall. Really first rate venue and should attract top performers.

3  Thank Gail S
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I really needed to give the Kauffman Center only one star because for a brand newly designed building the Architects should have been able to accommodate significantly better seating if they were not trying to crowd the capacity of these auditoriums. I mean I rate...More

5  Thank Robert R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I've attended several Lyric Opera events here. You feel like you are in a whole new world whether it's day or evening--the way the glass windows show off the surrounding area and the expansive feel of the huge lobby. Beautiful!

Thank yellowslugbug
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kauffman has two main theaters, and both of them are gorgeous, but what is really wonderful is the huge glass view of downtown KC, especially at night! They have performances pretty much nightly, so you'll have plenty of different options to choose from.

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the places I always tell out-of-town friends they should visit. The architecture is beautiful, and the sound in all of the event halls is outstanding. I always include a Christmas Symphony performance in my holiday plans-not a bad seat in the...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has the best acoustics of all the musical venues I´ve ever visited. There truly is not a bad seat in the house. Plus, they draw some of the best visiting talent in the U.S. and beyond. I highly recommend visiting, because you will...More

Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 5 October 2018

I have purchased season tickets for the symphony just because this building is so amazing! Besides being beautiful, the acoustics are incredible! You can be sitting in the back and feel like you are sitting right next to the musician. Both halls are absolutely perfect...More

Thank Patti H
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Had the opportunity to attend the Leslie Odom Jr. show sitting in the opera seat section. Not only is the seating remarkable no matter where you sit but the acoustics were amazing. The interior design is nothing short of awe inspiring. It was my first...More

1  Thank marpotts01
Reviewed 27 September 2018

My Bride and I saw Ben Folds and the KC Symphony on 9/25/18 and were blown away. Neither of us have ever been to an orchestra/symphony/opera and we were astounded by the experience. Of course, Ben Folds is not your typical experience when going to...More

Thank AlejandroRS1973
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

This should be on a list of must do’s in Kansas City! The architecture alone is stunning and taking in the symphony or any performance going on there is memorable!! The views from the building out over the city are beautiful- especially at night!!! The...More

1  Thank mkgolightly
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We have been several times and every time it just doesn't disappoint!!! Our son is in the Kansas City Youth Symphony so we have been able to watch them perform along with our high school Symphonic band and of course Tuba Christmas is amazing! Plus...More

1  Thank ScrappinTraveler
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great building. Worth a drive by even if you don't go to a show. Love to drive under the cables and look up at the glass

1  Thank Justin S
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14 May 2018|
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Response from David T | Reviewed this property |
Previous answers are on point. There r really no bad seats in the smaller theatre.
Janet S
27 December 2017|
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Response from David T | Reviewed this property |
Visitors do dress up ranging from business casual to chic depending upon the performance that they are attending.
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6 October 2017|
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Response from oneworldall1 | Reviewed this property |
I would strongly recommend it. Parking is limited and you could pay at time of parking if spaces are available, but pre-paying by buying on-line is your best bet. You could also do street parking but i would not recommend it