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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
Phone Number:
18164748463
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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
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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 3 weeks ago
Asher F
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Branson, Missouri
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 3 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.

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Thank Asher F
Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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Thank Luv-the-beach
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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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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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Thank Craig C
Palm Coast, Florida
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171 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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Thank Jenny S
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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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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