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18th & Vine Jazz District

  • Overview
  • The Historic 18th and Vine District is home to two exceptional museums, each paying homage to Kansas City's proud history.

    The American Jazz Museum provides an interactive space for year-round concerts, special events and rotating exhibitions. Special artifacts on display include one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets and a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgerald. In the adjoining Blue Room, which resembles a 1930's-era nightclub, you'll enjoy jazz performers several nights a week.

    The adjacent Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tells the story of African-Americans' role in the evolution of baseball, dating back to as early as the 1800's. The hundreds of artifacts and stories on display give America's favorite past-time a whole new meaning, and it's no surprise that the Museum's fans include everyone from American Presidents to current professional athletes.