Honoring the jazz greats—Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and more—the American Jazz Museum celebrates the soulful musical art form from big band to bebop.

The museum's location in the 18th & Vine Jazz District couldn't be more appropriate. In the 1920s, this was Kansas City's hot spot for famous performers, like the George Lee Orchestra, Count Basie, and Bennie Moten.

Dedicated to preserving the history of jazz and its influence on countless musical styles, the museum fuses visual and audio highlights of the genre, defining its origins and capturing its intoxicating, dynamic sound. Album covers and photographs line the walls, telling the stories of artists and masters of syncopation and improv. Interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and films pay tribute to every element of the music. At Studio 18th & Vine, visitors can create their own moody mixes of rhythm and harmony, and sample more than 100 recordings of the finest jazz compositions ever created.

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Family Review of American Jazz Museum

Away Travel Expert: Laura Tiebert
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FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Buy tickets to Blue Room, a working jazz club.
  • Listen to a Charlie Parker recording before visiting the memorial dedicated to the jazz legend.
  • American Jazz shares the museum complex with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

1616 E. 18th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Parking: Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults USD8, children under 12 USD3.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 816-474-8463
Email: info@kcjazz.org
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price Information: Adults USD8, children under 12 USD3.
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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