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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Informative Tour

The museum is not very big bits it's very informative. It involves a lot of reading and has a few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Juniper B
via mobile
Surprising History of Jazz in KC

Located with Negro Baseball Museum and thus price is right to see both...musical displays were very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winston C
White Bear Lake
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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)
“the blue room” (24 reviews)
“charlie parker” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is not very big bits it's very informative. It involves a lot of reading and has a few hands-on items for visitors. It gives you more of an insight into their personal lives and growth as an artist. It's in the same bldg...More

Thank Juniper B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located with Negro Baseball Museum and thus price is right to see both...musical displays were very good for listening BUT not all of them were in working order. We were there when there was activity in the Learning Center.

Thank Winston C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a very big jazz buff. But I admire history and attempts to maintain a sense of history, and the American Jazz Museum admirably does that. It portrays the triumph of many poor jazz artists, mainly African American, and their eventual triumph. Of...More

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there in the evening with a group trip, it was my first visit to the city and to the US at all! We liked the atmosphere, some good music and you can visit the museum inside to learn more about history. Before we...More

Thank Shahrazaad A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was excited to go to this museum. Jazz is an underappreciated music form in the US and it's nice to see the effort made to record the history of it. It highlights Charlie Parker and Count Basie. There are many recording to listen to...More

Thank rowtreeman
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is a great opportunity to learn about the KC jazz heritage. There are so many exhibits & music samples to listen to. We also went to the Negro League Baseball museum next door. Both museums are extensive and we found it difficult to really...More

Thank Ruth S
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We really enjoyed reading the interesting details of the development and history of jazz. It was great to see and hear some great music.

Thank Bdub65
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

This was an awesome experience there is so much to see and learn about the history of the great musicians from the past. I truly advise if you go to this museum to partake in the Trivia game. It allowed you to not just walk...More

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 22 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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
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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