American Jazz Museum, Kansas City

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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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  • I am not a very big jazz buff. But I admire history and attempts to maintain a sense of history, and the American Jazz Museum admirably does that. It portrays the triumph of many poor jazz artists, ma...  more »
  • We went there in the evening with a group trip, it was my first visit to the city and to the US at all! We liked the atmosphere, some good music and you can visit the museum inside to learn more about...  more »
  • I was excited to go to this museum. Jazz is an underappreciated music form in the US and it's nice to see the effort made to record the history of it. It highlights Charlie Parker and Count Basie. The...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place.. I felt like home visiting here and would consider going back.
  • Great artifacts from early jazz history. Nice interactive displays. Not much focus on modern jazz and improv.
  • The NLBM and the Jazz Museum was the only draw for me in KC back in 2003. Worth coming back to, and I would bring the family. ©TIFA 2003
  • Great museum, also right next door is the Negro baseball museum full of history and facts. Just an awesome experience

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