Negro Leagues Baseball 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
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Review
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum interprets the most challenging era of team sports in American. It takes an unflinching look at the days when baseball was America’s favorite past time and more segregated than Sunday church. This museum shows you who Black America saw play before Jackie Robinson broke the Color Line in all of America’s team sports. Though Jackie was the right person to desegregate Major League Baseball, there were many better players in the Negro Leagues, whose stature and athletes would be akin to Cam Newton of the NFL and LeBron James of the NBA today. The museum features a stadium entrance, history gallery, a legend’s field of bronzed former Negro Leagues Baseball players inducted into the Major Leagues Baseball Hall Of Fame. Take your selfie next to Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Buck O’Neil or Cool Papa Bell. Some say Cool Papa was so fast, he could hit the light switch and be in bed before the light went out. A diamond theatre lets visitors take in a rare film footage of Negro Leagues Baseball players in action. Interactive stations to test and assist your knowledge of NLB and much more. Horace Peterson 18th Street Visitors Center conjoins American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. As you enter the complex, also 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.