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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Is this the only jazz museum we have in America? I hope not, because this one is very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CT-Bob
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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Hands on museum trip

Visited here while at the Negro League baseball museum...what a little gem. Buy a pass for both... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Terri0826
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Overland Park, Kansas
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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.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is this the only jazz museum we have in America? I hope not, because this one is very disappointing! First off, it's not very large, and second there are many actual "artifacts"... mostly just pictures of things that you can see on the internet.

Thank CT-Bob
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here while at the Negro League baseball museum...what a little gem. Buy a pass for both museums...the jazz music starts the minute you walk in the door and are greeeted by a nice gentleman in a snazzy suit. The museum may take 30-45min to...More

Thank Terri0826
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to enjoy this museum more than we did. My 10, 12 and 14 year old daughters are very musical and play several instruments between them. Unfortunately, they weren’t too interested. Several of the audio displays were broken and many of the ones that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great subject, in general not so engagingly displayed. But if you ever wanted to see what mixing sound is about, worth it just to try your hand at that on a few jazz classics.

Thank jaz79h
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Depending on your vision of jazz you will either love this museum or be bored like I was. Husband loved it but loves jazz. I could take it or leave it so I was bored especially as many of the displays were broken or inoperable....More

Thank Decemberborn
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

We visited this museum as a part of a combo ticket with the Negro League Baseball museum. We were pleasantly surprised. The museum is small but full of historical information about jazz in America. The gem in this place is the jazz lounge that is...More

Thank Vetskidog
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Only go to the baseball museum, don’t get the 2 for 1 ticket. As much as the Negro League Museum is fantastic, the the jazz museum is awful. It’s very small and most of the the exhibits are broken. Visiting here is s complete waste...More

2  Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

I wanted to give this place 5 stars, but I couldn’t. It’s smaller with less items than I imagined, but the layout is great. There are tons of interactive exhibits - but sadly many of them don’t seem to work properly. The staff was nice...More

Thank ElieDC
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

As a Jazz Instrumentalist, this place is a small sanctuary! With exhibits showing the history of the greatest in Jazz, including Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Elle Fitzgerald, and more, you get to see artifacts and here samples of their work in this hall of fame!...More

Thank TexFlyers
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Experience the history of American Jazz in its native home and birthplace. There is no Jazz like Kansas City Jazz. The museum is filled with relics and historical insights. Take your time and visit often.

Thank David K
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claudettep221
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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
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