American Jazz Museum

Museum, Landmark, Historic Site
1616 E 18th St (btwn Vine St & Highland Ave)
Kansas City, MO 64108


  • Located in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, this is the place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner defined the sounds of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
  • Since opening in September of 1997, the American Jazz Museum has hosted thousands of world-class jazz performances. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum also opened the same year.
  • The Jazz and Negro Baseball museums are THE destination on 18th and Vine.
  • Stick around after hours when part of the museum transforms into a working jazz club (The Blue Room).
  • Kansas City is known for producing such greats as Count Basie and Charlie Parker. The museum takes you through the history of jazz and does a good job showcasing this important part of KC culture.
  • Take your time, listen to the exhibits, and mix your own too
  • Monday jam was a cool end to eclipse day.
  • After visiting the adjacent Negro League Baseball Museum, the Jazz Museum is a bit underwhelming. As adjunct to Baseball, OK, otherwise skip
  • Jessica CareMoore
  • Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance, and the Visual Arts 11/8 through 4/27, 2014.
  • A nice museum, but I felt it very lightly covered Jazz and didn't delve too deep into it. Cool seeing Charlie Parker's Sax.
  • Nice place, but too many of the audio exhibits were broken.
  • April 25, 2012. Let's Get Jazzed. All proceeds benefit the Kansas City area American Diabetes Association. Blue Room at the Museum. 6pm-9pm.
  • The bi-monthly FREE Jazz Storytelling series uses music to weave together education and entertainment in a way that leaves audiences singing and dancing all the way home.
  • Bring $10 cash for admission to Negro Leagues + Jazz museums. It speeds the process.

Nearby places

1727 Brooklyn Ave (at E 18th St)
1616 E 18th St (at Vine St)