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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Stop and visit if you are a jazz fan.

I was excited to go to this museum. Jazz is an underappreciated music form in the US and it's nice... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Roswell, New Mexico
Gem in Kansas City

This is a great opportunity to learn about the KC jazz heritage. There are so many exhibits & music... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ruth S
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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%
Travellers talk about
“the blue room” (24 reviews)
“same building” (26 reviews)
“negro baseball” (18 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 2 days 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 13 September 2017 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 13 September 2017

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
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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