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American Jazz Museum

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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone Number: 816 474 8463
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: As a testament to Kansas City, the mother of swing and Bebop, this museum...
As a testament to Kansas City, the mother of swing and Bebop, this museum evokes the living spirit of jazz legends and chronicles the history of jazz and its greatest performers.
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Both my son and I are musicians. We were dying to check this out, and although we did enjoy the museum it left some things to be desired. There are several audio problems with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Renton, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The museum was nice but some of the interactive things were not working. They give you the opportunity to mix sounds or listen to different instruments but some of these were not working. The display's for the artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway etc are interesting and provide listening stations to hear there music. My favorite section was an area... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Both my son and I are musicians. We were dying to check this out, and although we did enjoy the museum it left some things to be desired. There are several audio problems with the listening stations... it would have been a wonderful place otherwise.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It was a small museum but it had a great collection of artifacts and information on jazz greats. No cost to enter this portion of the museum but donations are accepted AND they have a little shop that includes information on jazz happenings in the local area. I understand the bar opens up at night with jazz playing but didn't... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This museum is located in a community that holds its past dearly. Some of the folks still live there regardless of the changes that have taken place around them. It could almost be compared to NYC's Harlem in regards to the jazz that's played nightly. Jazz is one of the things folks told me to check out while in KC,... More 

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Port Orchard, WA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I've been a jazz fan most of my life, and for me this was like a Muslim going to Mecca. How would you create a museum about music? By making the music available to be heard. And that's exactly what this museum does. There are a number of stations that allow you to listen to how harmonies and melodies work,... More 

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Southfield, Michigan
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391 reviews 391 reviews
52 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The outside of the building is gorgeous, however we were not stunned by the museum offerings unfortunately. Too many potentially interesting, interactive items were out of order and often not even marked as such. The film was good, but the audio volume was too low to hear much without straining. Speaking of audio, there was too much 'bleed over' from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

It´s possible to spend hours in this museum if you want to better understand jazz and its main icons. Kansas was very important in the jazz scene in a period, so worth going there. There are few phisical items, but lots of interaction.

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Armada, Michigan, United States
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143 reviews 143 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was surprised at many of the Jazz artists not featured, however the displays were fun, interactive and informative. Many great stores that most would not know. Well worth the visit.

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Lakewood, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Much like the neighboring Negro Leagues museum, this is not a museum - it is really an exhibit and a movie. Pretty much every interactive item was broken when we went. There are a handful of records, instruments, and small artifacts. I feel like this would be incomplete for just focusing on one jazz musician, let alone the entire history... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Had a fun time here. It's a small museum, but full of wonderful artifacts. The young lady working there was giving field trip tour so we joined in, it was amazing and the woman leading it fave so much wonderful information. She was a gem herself!

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