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American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Interesting Exhibits But, Many Broken Headphones

This museum was neat and provided some history that I was not previously aware of. There are many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Allison S
Tulsa, Oklahoma
And All That Jazz

You don't have to be a jazz fan to appreciate the contributions these artist have made to music. A... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-8463
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was neat and provided some history that I was not previously aware of. There are many interactive exhibits where you can listen to different jazz recordings and even mix your own jazz arrangement (my favorite exhibit). Unfortunately, many of the headphones at these...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don't have to be a jazz fan to appreciate the contributions these artist have made to music. A great lil museum to spend a few hours taking in the history of an American art form. You can't not tap your toes, snap your fingers,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! What a treasure-trove of recordings! I was blown away by the material here. Thank you to the people who worked to compile all the recordings! There are some very rare recordings that are almost impossible to find here - bless you for making theThm...More

Thank KaynGeorge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think this would be a better exhibit at a larger museum. The venue was clean, but there just didn't seem to be enough substance for it to stand on its own. The negro baseball museum is in the same bldg, but to pay admission...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here for a few hours and wished we had more time. There must be hundreds of musical samples to listen to. Heavily featured are jazz legends Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald but I learned about a bunch of other artists too.

Thank Mandamarie76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours in the jazz museum (which is in the same building/location as the Negro Baseball Museum. A lot of music to listen to. Many areas had clips of video or music of various jazz greats. It's a worthwhile visit if...More

Thank Jesse R
Reviewed 11 June 2017

As a jazz fan, I really enjoyed this. My only criticism is that it wasn't as comprehensive as I would have liked. Key exhibits (to my memory) were Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald. There was a "mixing booth" and stations to learn...More

Thank MinnesotaDude
Reviewed 28 May 2017

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...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 28 May 2017 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...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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...More

Thank bsandrs
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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