Distinctive Destinations

American Jazz Museum

  • Address 1616 East 18th St.
    Kansas City, Missouri 64108
  • Hours
    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Phone 816-895-8470

Visit American Jazz Museum

Plan Your Visit


While the American Jazz Museum opened in 1997, the neighborhood is undeniably integral to the history and development of Jazz.

As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition, and advancement of jazz music, the American Jazz Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness, and appreciation of jazz among the widest demographic of people across the Kansas City region, as well as among those based in various locations worldwide.

Since the birth of America’s art form and its journey across the globe, certain cities have put distinctive stamps in its sound, history, and development. Kansas City is one of the greatest purveyors of jazz, and it continues to offer fertile ground for the music to thrive.

Come down, bring your instrument and sit in at the weekly Blue Monday Jam – or just take in the sounds of one of Kansas City’s best jam sessions. Big bands typically perform the last Monday of each month, and our Latin Jazz/Salsa series gets shakin’ on the last Thursday of each month (except where otherwise noted on the calendar). At the Blue Room, upcoming bands, seasoned veterans of the local jazz scene, national talent and internationally renowned jazz artists share the spotlight.

Blue Room hours differ from regular museum hours. Check website for hours.

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