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American Jazz Museum

Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone Number: 816 474 8463
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Ranked #31 of 82 Attractions in Kansas City
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: As a testament to Kansas City, the mother of swing and Bebop, this museum evokes the living spirit...
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Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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St. Louis
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A fabulous interactive museum which taught me a lot about jazz, its main musician and singers. I never knew that Kansas City played such a role in the history of jazz. Gutted I missed the Jazz festival the night before. Passionate team who want to ensure you have a good time. A thoroughly positive story despite the musicians playing in... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This museum does a really good job of creating "stations" where you can hear the music of a particular artist and have it not totally interfere with the enjoyment of others. Speakers point down on you, and you can choose from about 8 tracks per station. In the back, you can put on headphones to hear tracks that showcase different... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Wonderful place to visit. It has so much history. Great place for anyone who loves jazz. It would be a good place for teenagers to visit so they can understand where a lot of today's music originated.

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Clinton Township, Michigan, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Interesting interactive museum on the history of jazz both in Kansas City and nationally. Housed in the same building as the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame. Definitely a good value for the money and a great way to spend a few hours!

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Omaha NE
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121 reviews 121 reviews
83 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Kansas City has long been a player in great jazz music. Kansas City Jazz got its start in the 1920s; mixing blues with jazz to create a defined sound. At its height during prohibition, Kansas City’s 18th and Vine District was considered one of the “jazz capitals” of the United States, on par with New Orleans and New York. New... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

if jazz is your thing... you gotta see this place the museum would be better if there was a docent around to answer questions etc some of the displays were also not working but overall this is a one of kind experience for anyone who loves jazz

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I could have spent hours here but we didn't have time for that. The entire museum is an interactive play ground of classic jazz artists and styles. There are tons of booths where you can read about and listen to different jazz singers and styles. They have a section dedicated to individual instruments where you can mix the music. This... More 

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