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Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone Number: 816 474 8463
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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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Nice little museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Chandler, Arizona
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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 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 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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Goshen, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Nice place. Interesting and informative. Lots of interactive areas but several were not operable when there. We did a group on and it was very affordable.

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Lakeland, Minnesota
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331 reviews 331 reviews
107 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This little museum at 18th & Vine, the heart of Kansas City jazz, is a hidden gem. It highlights several jazz artists with small, carefully presented displays. There are listening stations - awesome idea - and an area to watch old black & white performances on television consoles. Handicapped accessible. Great for families and school groups. There's a gift shop... More 

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Lithonia, Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This was a very good salute to African American Musicians. It is interactive and you can listen to the music of the jazz greats. Plus..... you can see black and white tv shows.

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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210 reviews 210 reviews
116 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The first video was great and the exhibits on 5 stars of jazz were each really good too, but I was a little disappointed that not more jazz musicians were featured. In combination with the Negro baseball museum, it's definitely worth seeing. Or if jazz is REALLY your thing, then it's a must too. Just being on that street corner,... More 

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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I am a music teacher who teaches a course in jazz history. I was really hoping to see articles of clothing, music, instruments belonging to many jazz musicians. There were only a few items. The listening area my husband and kids loved that is why I gave it 3 stars, although it was not fully functioning. At $10 a person... More 

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St. Louis
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

There is an introductory movie that gives a sense of the African American experience decades ago in KC. That movie is tremendous and gives great insight. Sadly, the jazz museum was only so-so. Some of the exhibits were not in repair. Also the flow of the museum seemed to lack a continuous theme.

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is the nicest museum dedicated to the history of Kansas City style jazz I have ever seen. I loved the interactive exhibits, like the sound mixing equipment. Spend the extra money and get a combo ticket to see the Negro League Baseball Museum next door, it is worth it. Great places in a great location! You can see the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Very interesting and had no idea on how impactful Kansas City was on Jazz. Interactive pods were pretty cool. From Ellington, Armstrong and Prohibition, there is a lot mentioned.

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