Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibitions and films, visual arts exhibitions in the Art Gallery and Photography Gallery, the Blue Room Jazz Club, and the Gem Theater performing arts center. Public programming for all ages and youth education enliven the history and music at the center of the American Jazz Museum, entertaining and enriching jazz audiences while nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians.
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The Blue Room
Originally named the Star Theater, the Gem was built in 1912 by the Shriner and Powelson Amusement Company as a silent movie palace serving Kansas City’s African American population. It was renamed the Gem in 1913, and by the time motion pictures could talk in 1929, it had become an established fixture on 18th Street.
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Safety Rules about COVID-19
The health and safety of our guests and staff bear American Jazz Museum’s top priority. They are in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, in step with our community safety pledges. They welcome visitors to the Museums at 18th & Vine with increased precautions. Currently, masks or proof of vaccination are not required. If you aren’t feeling well, please do not visit the museums. Purchased tickets can be redeemed at a future date.