Start your visit with an introduction to the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District. Through the moving documentary film "A People’s Journey," visitors are introduced to the everyday heroes in Kansas City’s 18th & Vine neighborhood whose social, cultural and economic contributions profoundly impacted a city and a nation.
As part of our mission and vision, the American Jazz Museum aims to exhibit a collection of artifacts that helps tell the story of jazz's impact in Kansas City, the nation, and the world.
Benny Goodman's Shoes
Harold Ashby's Saxophone
Myra Taylor's Dress
The Collections Department is excited to provide access to collections to jazz scholars and researchers. To schedule a research appointment or inquire about accessing an artifact digitally, please reach out directly to the Department of Collections.
We welcome the opportunity to consider offers of collection donations. Due to the volume of offers we receive on a weekly basis, the museum does not accept original materials without prior communication, review and approval from a representative in the Department of Collections.