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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
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12:00 - 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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Jazz lovers only

So, sadly, funding seems a bit down as some of the interactive displays were not working well. This is a great place to see jazz greats and interesting contracts.. love the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 November 2016
Ontario, California
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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..

Thank Yvonne S K
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is a small museum, but it is packed with beautiful music, interesting stories about the musicians and cool artifacts! You could spend hours in here, just listening to the famous musical selections or learning how jazz music is made with hands-on stations! This museum is in the same building as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which is also fascinating!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I visited the museum with a group of older adults from Iowa. They loved the greeting we received from Miss Karen and her enthusiasm and genuine passion for the museum caught on easily. The displays are easily accessible to a wide range of ages and are very well done. There is a lot of information in the museum, so if... More 

Thank Carolyn M
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The Jazz museum is a great place to visit to learn about Jazz and to walk through the history of jazz. The museum shop is a great place to buy gifts.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum share this complex. Admission is $10 for one or $15 for both. We did both. The Jazz Museum is the historic 18th & Vine 1930s nightclub district that started KC Jazz. They have live concerts in their Blue Room Fridays at 5P. It's a club with drinks and food specials... More 

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a place that celebrates jazz. KC was a hot bed of jazz with a thriving scene from the 30s through the mid 60s...there are still a great after hours club with music played until the early morning. Learn a lot about the real players and singers

Thank Jim L
Ontario, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

So, sadly, funding seems a bit down as some of the interactive displays were not working well. This is a great place to see jazz greats and interesting contracts.. love the exhibits, and the music... best part was listing to kids getting lessons in a live area.

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