Permanent Exhibitions

Acclaimed as an “interactive paradise” by the NY Times, these exhibits bring to life the great American art form of jazz. Listening stations, touch screen interactives, and custom mixing boards complement displays of artifacts, graphics, and commissioned artwork in a sculpturally dynamic space that makes this sophisticated musical style accessible and engaging for visitors of different ages and musical backgrounds.

Throughout the exhibitions, collections of photographs, sheet music, and posters from the height of jazz's popularity create context for historic artifacts such as Charlie Parker’s Grafton saxophone and a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgerald.

Keeping jazz alive is the Blue Room, a new nightclub built within the museum and named after a once-famous nightclub in the neighborhood. Featuring photos and memorabilia from Kansas City’s finest bands, the Blue Room pays homage to its jazz heritage by offering live music four nights a week.