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American Jazz Museum

1616 East 18th Street

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American Jazz Museum seeks to educate its visitors about America and Kansas City’s rich jazz history and preserve the art form for future generations to come. The Museum features a number of rotating exhibits including “Women in Jazz,” “Big Bands,” and “African-American Dance and Jazz,” along with the John Baker Film Collection, an archive of digitized 16 and 35mm films, and a memorial to Charlie Parker. In addition to its exhibits, the Museum also features a number of master classes, jazz storytelling events and listening parties throughout the year. In conjunction with the historic Gem Theater, American Jazz Museum puts on the “Jammin’ at the Gem” concert series and also presents a number of programs at The Blue Room. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

American Jazz Museum Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (steps from KCATA buses 108, 110, and 123 at Vine Street/18th Street)
  • Handicapped Accessible: Good
  • Performances: 4–5 Performances as a part of their “Jammin’ at the Gem” concert series and dozens of concerts presented every Monday and Thursday–Sunday in the Blue Room
  • Tickets: $8 for adults, $3 for children (under 12).