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American Jazz Museum & Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Kansas City

 

Horace Peterson 18th Street Visitors Center connects both museums and has an audio-visual presentation documenting the African American experience in the 18th & Vine District and contributions to Kansas City at large. The center, museums and restored historic structures on 18th & Vine Streets take you on a trip back to bawdy 1930s Kansas City, the heyday of Jazz and gangsters.

 

American Jazz Museum
DESCRIPTION: The exhibits on Duke Ellington, Charley “Bird” Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong alone are worth the trip for jazz fans; Listen to more than 100 of the greatest jazz recordings; that’s not boasting when you can claim Bennie Moten, the great 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; also acquired the
nation's largest collection of Jazz films from the archives of University of Missouri - Kansas City

ADMISSION: both museums $8 adults, $4 children
DAYS & HOURS:
Tue-Sat 9a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1616 East 18th Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises in the back
PHONE: 816-221-1920
WEBSITE: http://americanjazzmuseum.org
 
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
DESCRIPTION: Perhaps the liveliest, but certainly the most challenging chapters of American baseball are stunningly presented at this museum; it 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; a diamond Theatre where you take in a rare film footage of Negro Leagues players in action, interactive stations to test and assist your knowledge of NLB and much more;

ADMISSION: both museums $8 adults, $4 children
DAYS & HOURS:
Tue-Sat 9a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1616 East 18th Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises in the back
PHONE: 816-221-1920
WEBSITE: http://www.nlbm.com 

 

 

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