American Jazz Museum

American Jazz MuseumWhen you think of Kansas City there is a good chance that Jazz music does not come to mind first. While most default to New Orleans when it comes to Jazz, we have an extensive and enlightening Jazz Museum right here in Kansas City. The American Jazz Museum, located in the historic 18th & Vine district preserves the history of American Jazz music in an amazing way.

Featuring many treasures and keeps sakes from great musicians, singers and well-known artists such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, a trip to the American Jazz Museum is a must while visiting Kansas City. With an entire exhibit on Kansas City’s own Charlie Parker, there is so much to see and do. On top of the permanent exhibits and the rotating exhibits that cycle through the museum throughout the year, there is a Jazz club, The Blue Room, where you can enjoy music, poetry and the like either after your tour of the museum or after a relaxing dinner or day of exploring the city.

Children are invited to enjoy the monthly storytelling the first Friday of each month. This fun and educational time introduces kids to the music and culture of Jazz music. It is free for kids to attend and gives them to interact in the singing, dancing and so much more.

Be sure to check out the American Jazz Museum website for more information on upcoming exhibits and special events.