American Jazz Museum
DESCRIPTION: History & Culture museum
ADMISSION: $10 for adults (18 and over), $5 for children and youth (4-17), Free (3 and under); visit both the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for $15
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 6a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
PARKING: on premises and street
American Jazz Museum Review
American Jazz Museum features exhibits on Charley “Bird” Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong that alone, are worth the trip for avid jazz fans and jazz historians. Listen to more than 100 of the greatest jazz recordings, including some on analog disc. That’s not boasting when you can claim Bennie Moten, Charley “Bird” Parker, Big Joe Turner and Count Basie as Kansas City mainstays. Each shaped, innovated or helped popularize jazz into the mainstream of American culture. Interact with several exhibits and watch a short film on the history of Jazz in Kansas city. The museum has also acquired the nation’s largest collection of Jazz films from the archives of University of Missouri at Kansas City. Horace Peterson 18th Street Visitors Center conjoins American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. As you enter the complex, pay close attention to the audio-visual presentation documenting the African-American experience in 18th & Vine District and their contributions to Kansas City at large. The visitor center, museums, restored restaurants and arguably, the nation’s largest collection restored black historic sites on 18th & Vine Streets take you on an ancestral trip back to bawdy 1930s Kansas City — the heyday of Jazz and gangsters.