American Jazz Museum Welcomes Back Jazz Fans on 6.16.2020

For Immediate Release 

June 10, 2020

Marissa Baum



Kansas City, MO - The American Jazz Museum is excited to reopen on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. Come celebrate the Jazz Experience again! We have taken careful precautions to keep our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe. Following the guidance from health agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, we have partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the KC Culture Cares group to welcome visitors back to the Museums at 18th & Vine.  

What’s New? 

  • The Museum will be open for visitors as follows: 
    Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm 
    Sundays Noon to 4:00pm 
    Mondays closed 
    Adjusted hours for Saturday, July 4th will be 10:00am to 2:00pm. 


  • STEP 1: Reserve a visit time via the Museum Passport on Eventbrite. The Passport is Free and MUST be reserved here: Museum passports allow for the tracking of occupancy limits within our shared building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 

  • STEP 2: Purchase a ticket to the Museum. Tickets may be purchased at We strongly recommend purchasing your ticket online before arriving at the museum.  

Safety Precautions 

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all visitors and required for all staff. 

  • The number of visitors in the space will be set based off local capacity limitations and proper social distancing.  

  • There will be increased hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. 

  • Our third-party cleaning company will perform increased, thorough cleanings throughout all areas of the Museum using disinfectant effective against COVID-19. 

  • Interactive exhibit components are still available with extra protective measures in place.  

  • We ask that guests follow CDC recommended handwashing practices and maintain physical distance between other visitors and museum staff. 

  • Please stay home if you're not feeling well. We will be here for you when you feel better! 

Visitor Experience 

  • Public programing will be remaining virtual for the time being. Please continue to follow our website or social media for access. 

  • The Blue Room remains closed. Stay tuned for reopening info. 

  • Group tour reservations and guided public tours are unavailable at this time. 

  • Water fountains will be unavailable 

  • Checking of coats, backpacks, luggage, etc. will be unavailable, so please leave your possessions locked in your car or at home.  

  • The exception to allowable bags would include baby bags/strollers.  All bags could be subject to search by security. 

Other Ways to Support 

We know that you may not be ready to visit the Museum yet, but would like to help in other ways, and for that we thank you! After being closed for nearly three months in 2020 and then operating with reduced occupancy restrictions, we will endure a significant shortfall. If you are able, we would love for you to become a member or provide a donation of any amount that is significant to you. 18th & Vine IS where jazz lives, so we thank you for your support in helping the legacy play on.  

The American Jazz Museum and other KC Culture Cares institutions will implement reopening in phases, testing what works well, what areas need more stringent measures, and what can be relaxed. They will share their successes with each other and learn from their collective knowledge, communicating with visitors each step of the way. As recommendations evolve, more details will be available at 


About the American Jazz Museum
The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country’s jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine. 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. For a complete list of upcoming programs and performances, visit