American Jazz Museum, Kansas City

3.7
#11 of 14 in Museums in Kansas City
The American Jazz Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world. With a permanent exhibit, a changing art gallery, and hundreds of concerts and events every year, the AJM is devoted to preserving and exhibiting the American art form of jazz music and culture.
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  • We visited this museum as a part of a combo ticket with the Negro League Baseball museum. We were pleasantly surprised. The museum is small but full of historical information about jazz in America. Th...  more »
  • Only go to the baseball museum, don’t get the 2 for 1 ticket. As much as the Negro League Museum is fantastic, the the jazz museum is awful. It’s very small and most of the the exhibits are broken. Vi...  more »
  • I wanted to give this place 5 stars, but I couldn’t. It’s smaller with less items than I imagined, but the layout is great. There are tons of interactive exhibits - but sadly many of them don’t seem t...  more »
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  • Really cool museum that is located in the historic 18th and Vine district. Fun to see how KC impacted the only truly American genre of music. It would be 5 stars but it's too small to say that. Takes only around 90 minutes to see the whole thing but you should see the Negro League Baseball Museum located just across the lobby. Together they will give you the whole afternoon.
  • Fun place. The museum was nice and enough to keep you busy for a few hours. Get the combo entry into the Negro League Baseball Museum as well. Well worth it.
  • Really nicely laid out space detailing the local history of the area. Fantastic, knowledgeable staff.
  • Really interesting museum. Many interactive stations. The bar area has tables with memorabilia and a wall of photos that are amazing.
  • Such a disappointment. Some interesting art and things on the walls, but so many broken interactive exhibits. I love Jazz, but it is hard to get anyone involved with it who doesn't have knowledge already, so I understand the challenge. I would have like to have seen more of a mention of the wide spread types of Jazz-acid, bebop, future jazz, influence on rap, etc. I wouldn't go again unless I was nearby and it was free.

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