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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Great little museum

I wanted to give this place 5 stars, but I couldn’t. It’s smaller with less items than I imagined... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
American Music Heaven!

As a Jazz Instrumentalist, this place is a small sanctuary! With exhibits showing the history of... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Houston, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good30%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“same building” (26 reviews)
“the blue room” (24 reviews)
“charlie parker” (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
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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
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
Reviewed 10 November 2017 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 9 November 2017

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 27 October 2017

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 20 October 2017

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 18 October 2017

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
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14 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