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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO,...

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.

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Great Museum, could be cheaper

The atmosphere is really nice, it has a great, interactive atmosphere. Don't take kids that don't like jazz or are under 10. The museum only took about ninety minutes, so it isn't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is in the same building as the Negro League museum, however if you enjoy both subjects but only have time for one, choose the Negro League museum. This museum focuses on jazz as its place in the history of Kansas City. It's a pretty basic display and seems to still be a work in progress. Just okay.

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North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting exhibits. Great art work, Great ability to actually listen to the music with out it being over bearing. Keep in mind the words to the song Kansas City when you arrive at the location. Take a little extra time and visit the Negro Baseball Museum attached.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the combo ticket with the Negro leagues museum. Learned a lot even attended a free jazz show at 5. The jazz show was excellent. Drinks were delicious. My issue was the waitress was in a bad mood. And then we were ready to leave, we were trying to get out the same way we came in which was through... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is also shared by the American Negro Baseball League Museum. Cost $10 to see the museum. The Jazz exhibit is interesting, though small. BUT, there was live jazz when I was there Saturday afternoon, and that was well worth the price of admission. My friend who was with me was not a jazz fan going in, he was... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked from my downtown hotel over to this neighborhood, at one time the central area of activity in a thriving black neighborhood, which was rather sleepy on a Saturday morning. I was cordially greeted by the nice lady at the ticket desk, and spent a couple of hours taking in the exhibits, which are crammed full of information on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is really nice, it has a great, interactive atmosphere. Don't take kids that don't like jazz or are under 10. The museum only took about ninety minutes, so it isn't really worth the $10 admission.

Thank Asher F
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This attraction is much smaller than we expected. However, it is full of jazz history for Missouri. A little on the pricey side compared to some of the other attractions in KC..

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Went for a work group event. Our guide was very enthusiastic & made it even more special. One of a kind museum. Parking was easy the day I went (on the street). It showcases in a creative way the 18th and Vine neighborhood's golden age that spawned greats like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Basie etc. Interactive films, sound tracks and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Visited with my husband and father in law. Nice displays and well done. Unfortunately half of the interactive displays weren't working. Made me wonder about my ten dollar admission fee. But still worth it. Made it back to the bar area called the Blue Room where we sat down and had a beer and listened to really good live jazz... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great music obviously. Well laid out and worth a long visit. Neighborhood has so much potential yet to happen but still well worth the visit.

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