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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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A Must for Music Lovers!

What a joy it was to visit this museum. Fun interactive exhibits that allow one to participate in a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
San Diego, California
Jazz museum is a smooth place to hang out !!

The Jazz Museum is right next door to the Baseball museum and is a must see and do place. It gives... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“same building” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Reviewed yesterday

What a joy it was to visit this museum. Fun interactive exhibits that allow one to participate in a jazz performance, walls covered in memorabilia and provocative quotes by some of the greats, and a wonderful display of album cover art.

Thank MMann22
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Jazz Museum is right next door to the Baseball museum and is a must see and do place. It gives you an account of early jazz in KC and Memphis as well as the growth of it from the Big Easy.

Thank DannyWasserman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop by to see a movie in the lobby about Paul Robeson. Didn't get chance to experience the museum but we come back for it. It was visibly exciting

Thank scope84
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Group enjoyed the stage act we partisapated in .. and Enjoyed learning about the History of KC and the Jazz of the time...

Thank BobZ9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool place. History of jazz music. Self guided tour. Great music played all throughout. Nice photos and exhibits. Loved it.

Thank Jackieamberkj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Much different than we have expected. Displays are excellent, the sound system at the kiosks is amazing. Not a huge museum, but well done. So glad we were able to visit it.

Thank pdaWatertown_NY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the grade and under-appreciated contributions of America to world culture is jazz. The museum does a great job of both explaining how jazz got it start, it's role in America, and its role in the world. There are also very entertaining exhibits on...More

Thank BrooklineJack
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Museum is in the same building as the Negro League Museum so you can get 2 different/same part of history at the same time.

Thank Allen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Immediately adjacent to the Negro Baseball museum, the jazz museum is incredibly thin on content and really doesn't do justice to the great cultural jazz history of the Vine Street area. There are some display panels and a few recordings but these are largely relegated...More

Thank JimSTL1021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kansas City has such a proud history for Jazz and Baseball. Which is why it was really sad to see how outdated and in disrepair this museum is. I work in the museum and library field and this place is in a desperate need of...More

Thank PuzzledPilgrim
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13 February 2017|
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Response from markj4golf | Reviewed this property |
Museum: Monday - Closed Tue - Sat ..... 9 to 6 Sunday........ Noon to 6 Blue Room: Monday - 5PM to 11PM Tuesday - Closed Wednesday - Closed Thurs - 5PM to 11PM Friday - 5PM to 1AM Sat- 7PM to 1AM