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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
Phone Number:
+1 816-474-8463
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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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Much To See And Much To Learn

We are not experts, but we do know of some of the great names from the past in the Jazz World and whilst we only scratched the surface during our visit, we left with greater... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had such a fantastic time here. It's like the best history of jazz class ever -- if that sounds like a good time, then this is for you! The coolest part of this museum is the curation of musical listening stations for each major jazz musician highlighted. It shows you so clearly how important the music was, how each... More 

Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I think the highlight of this little museum is that you can pop into the Blue Room and hear live music and really get into the mood. They have exhibits about Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Plus they have a music lab where you can play with beats or listen to instrument specific arrangements. Do the Joint ticket... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are not experts, but we do know of some of the great names from the past in the Jazz World and whilst we only scratched the surface during our visit, we left with greater knowledge of the genre. There are some iconic items on display such Charlie Parker's Plastic Saxaphone and it pays dividends to spend time reading the... More 

Thank bsandrs
torrance ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was looking forward to this place, but was disappointed. Rode the bus for 45 min to get there The other museum in the building the Negro baseball leagues was great and worth the time. The Jazz museum was kind of a afterthought and very small with not many exhibits. Go to he Negro leagues but skip the Jazz..

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say that I am a huge jazz fan. I came to the 18th and Vine district primarily to see the Negro League Baseball Museum but I got the combo ticket for $5 more and thought I would learn about jazz. I wasn't entirely sure where to enter and when I asked someone behind the desk he simply said... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice place, nicely designed and maintained. It has many interactive stations where you can listen and also learn about jazz rhythms, harmonies, melody styles, etc. The musicians focused on are Louis, Duke, Charlie (the only local) and Ella. It was not at all crowded when we were there, which was perfect, because you want to linger... More 

Thank SlewpJB
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the Negro Baseball League museum and this was just a few extra dollars ($5 I think) but that was a waste. There were a few listening stations and that was about it. Skip it and save your money. Even if it was free I would recommend skipping it.

Thank GretchenDT
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum after going through the negro baseball museum. I love jazz, and for the most part this place is pretty good. I really enjoyed the pod where you can listen to the music of the greats. I however have a phobia of using public headphones so I missed out on some of the rest. I liked thT they... More 

Thank 7hours
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Scary neighborhood, no protected parking, have to park on the street. Not much to see or do for younger kids. Older kids (teens) and jazz fans would probably enjoy it.

Thank elena k
Leawood, Kansas
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

An author spoke & they had some light food. The talk was interesting but too long. The food was ok, but not to my liking. The museum has some nice areas of interest with history.

Thank ALAN W

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