Celebrating what is perhaps the most American form of music, the American Jazz Museum catalogs the sound and history of jazz from its origin. With interactive exhibits and media, a jazz club, theater, and rotating gallery, it is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to jazz music.
Exhibits showcase the legacy of jazz music’s legendary artists. There are more than 100 recordings of what most consider to be the finest jazz music ever performed, so there is plenty to be heard. The permanent collection details the historical, cultural, and artistic evolution and impact of the music through memorabilia and storytelling. Objects on display include iconic instruments and stage costumes worn by the greatest. Rare photos, film screenings, and interactive touchscreens also bring the music to life.
The museum holds exceptional live performances and community educational programs. With the aim of encouraging the next generation of great jazz musicians, there are also a variety of programs for youth. Tours often include a further stop at the nearby Kansas City Juke House or the nearby Negro Leagues Museum.
The museum is located in the historic 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, in the city center. It is next to The Parade outdoor area and the Negro Leagues museum. Accessible by both car and bus, there is parking available on the street or in nearby lots. It is open daily except for Mondays.