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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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The American Jazz Museum is a hands on, interactive museum that presents the history of jazz in the United States. You don't have to be very knowledgeable about jazz to enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

As a music teacher, this was a must see on my Kansas City trip. The museum is located in the same building as the Negro Baseball League Museum and they offer a great deal if you go to both. The Jazz portion is rather small but I really enjoyed the section on the big jazz legends. I loved that you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This was interesting. My husband and I were on our honeymoon, so they let us in for free and gave us a free souvenier magnet. Very nice staff.

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Upland, California
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The museum is located in the same building as the Negro Leagues museum, which is another must see. My wife and I are both fans of Jazz so we were especially pleased to be able to visit this place. It is a small building with a lot of history. You watch a short film before you enter the actual display... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The American Jazz Museum is a hands on, interactive museum that presents the history of jazz in the United States. You don't have to be very knowledgeable about jazz to enjoy this museum. There is a film collection of jazz performances, and scads of jazz recordings to listen to. I would have given this museum 5 stars, but a handful... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I have been here a few times. If you like music and music history this is a MUST SEE in KC. Each visit, been there at least 5 times myself, I learn a new nugget on the history of Jazz in KC. Check it out on your next visit to town or in the downtown KC area.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum is actually two museum in one. So while you going to see the negro league baseball you'll actually having a great time with both museum.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I enjoyed the trip down music lane. This is an informative place to visit as well as food to the ears. They give you a listening tour into the world of Jazz.

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Becker, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

It's a smaller museum with some neat videos but not that many artifacts. Overall we were not impressed with the variety of the museum. Since it was only five dollars more than the baseball museum that is in the same building it was a good value.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Loved the Jazz Museum, but I was surprised by how small it was. This is one of the greatest forms of American music and deserves more. Saying that, it still definitely is worth it though. You get some great exhibits, and I spent a little time at the listening station to hear some things I was unfamiliar with.

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The biggest problem I had is that I only allowed about 1 hour to tour this wonderful museum! Truly, to really go through and listen to the music as well as read the various notes about artist, about 3 hours is needed. This is a magnificent facility that gives a great history of Americana music. I recommend going and enjoying... More 

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Additional Information about American Jazz Museum

Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone Number: 816 474 8463
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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