Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial of the United States is located in Kansas City, Missouri. Opened to the public as the Liberty Memorial museum in 1926, it was designated in 2004 by the United States Congress as America’s official museum dedicated to World War I.
Union Station draws tourists from all over the world who marvel at her Grand Hall’s 95-foot ceiling, three 3,500-pound chandeliers and the six-foot wide clock hanging in her central arch. She wakes up early and stays up late to host business meetings, civic events, weddings and celebrations of all sorts. And that’s just the beginning.
Just as you could 100 years ago, you can still catch the train at Union Station’s AMTRAK stop and head out across the country.
You’ll also find traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian, National Geographic and other international organizations, a Planetarium, an interactive science center Science City, and a vibrant Theater District featuring the region’s biggest movie screen, live theatre, and so much more.
Tucked in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District, Art Alley better known as Graffiti Alley beckons artists who want to share their vision and message with other artists and art lovers. Art Alley first burst onto the scene in 2014 and has since become popular with both local artists and those who travel to Kansas City from all corners of the world.
Kansas City’s Local 627, African-American Musicians Union, founded in 1917, and known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation, still stands in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic 18th and Vine district at 1823 Highland Avenue. A National Historic Landmark, the building is also entered in the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas City Landmarks Commission Register.
Today, just as the jazz greats did in the 1930’s, musicians gather at the Foundation Friday and Saturday nights after midnight to jam into the early morning hours. Pictures of frequent guests from years past like Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner and Count Basie line the walls. Join locals in hearing jazz jam sessions until the sun comes up. The Foundation also serves as a rehearsal space for members, a classroom for visiting students and a place for private parties. A living museum, the Foundation preserves and develops Kansas City’s rich musical heritage.